Remember those heartwarming commercials before last year’s election where Andy Griffith tried to assure seniors that Obamacare was really a great program? Just in case you’ve forgotten, you can view one of them here.
As we pointed out then, Sheriff Andy didn’t exactly tell the truth about Obamacare. He tried to assure seniors that their Medicare benefits wouldn’t change, but neglected to mention that if the senior was on Medicare Advantage, their benefits under that program would disappear.
He also told us that Obamacare would “strengthen” Medicare’s finances, but neglected to mention that the $500 billion taken from Medicare allegedly to “increase its longevity” was really being used to cover the costs of insuring millions of other Americans, and obviously couldn’t be used for both.
Well, now we know what you paid for this misleading propaganda…$3.5 million.
Don’t blame the likable Sheriff (other than for his blatant misstatements) as he donated his time. However, of that $3.5 million your Department of Health and Human Services spent $2.78 million for airtime, and $404,384.40 to the media consulting firm, Porter Novelli, for 668 billable hours of work producing the ads. Although there are probably some expenses in that bill, perhaps taking Mr. Griffith to dinner, still, $605 per hour does seem a bit steep.
My quarrel is not so much with the expenditure but with the final misleading product. It seems to me that if the government is going to use our money to educate people, the least it can do is tell the truth.