President Barack Obama plans to spend as much as $200 million worth of taxpayer money to promote his controversial healthcare law, according to documents recovered by public interest group Judicial Watch.
The records, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, detail the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) multimedia campaign to promote the Affordable HealthCare Act and other HHS initiatives. Last November, Judicial Watch obtained documents revealing that the Obama administration spent more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to air national advertisements regarding Medicare and the healthcare overhaul.
Group president Tom Fitton said that these documents are troubling, considering the talk on Capitol Hill regarding the need to reduce wasteful government spending. Instead of using hundreds of millions of dollars worth of taxpayer money to fund critical government services, Fitton said the President is trying to get a leg-up in his re-election campaign by bombarding Americans with "misleading messages."
"There is nothing educational about this Obamacare propaganda campaign to force 'behavioral changes' on Americans," said Fitton. "These records prove the administration is using taxpayer dollars to manipulate public opinion."