More of your tax dollars at work

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.

31 replies
  1. kateinmaine
    kateinmaine says:

    thanks to regulation, courtesy of and complicit in generating an unwieldy government, fabrication is an expensive proposition.  truth and reality tend to be more cost effective, but anti-government.  what is a fictional character in a non-fiction world to do?  oh, right–spin a compelling story line and trust that the writers will resolve plot inconsistencies between the cliffhanger finale and the new season premiere.  now regarding sheriff andy. . .

  2. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    Ray Suarez did a propaganda report on healthcare in Cuba…  He put a remarkably positive spin on mandatory visits by government doctors who check everyone in the house, inspect every room in the house…  Sure Cubans may live a few years longer than Americans, but they're not running the 80 hour-a-week treadmill where they support an over-taxed employer and an over-taxing government, and they're not forced to gobble down fast food all day long because they're too busy to cook for themselves.  State and federal government shouldn't ask for anything more than does the church- 10%!

  3. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    That "administration" is not too dumb, is it? And, as I said nothing has changed for me. And, some of those "currently angry" seniors may not be around in 2013.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Will their demise be directly because of Øbamacare, or simply the thought of what is to come?


      If by "not too dumb", you mean fooling a bunch of lazy legislators, putting off the bad stuff until after Øbambi can manage to get reelected, and lulling a lot of seniors into a false sense of complacency (not to mention any names…;-) !!) by doing so, then yeah, they are smart.


      Enjoy it while you have it, sammy.  When you finally feel the effects, it will be far too late to do anything about it.

    • GdavidH
      GdavidH says:

      As the water surrounding the frog gets hotter and hotter. That's the progressive mantra, small change over a long period of time.

      Norman Thomas

      Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1940, 1944 and 1948.

      “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        Update that from "liberalism" to the new monicker of "progressivism" and you hit the nail on the head.


        Just keep them fat and stupid before the slaughter…

  4. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    So far, my Medicare costs, Medicare Advantage and coverage is no different from what it was before Obamacare was passed. I don’t see the sky falling. Is it falling where you are?

  5. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    This wasn't even a PSA…It was fiction/fantasy/lies all rolled up into one.  And who are they lying to?  The elderly.  To quote an oft used phrase from the left, "Shame on you".

    My 72 years-young ma was spitting mad when she saw Sheriff Andy doing this PSA: she called me from TN, brought out her Funk & Wagnall's and spewed a few choice words about the commercial and O-Care in general.  Not all seniors buy Obama's & the democrat's lies hook, line & sinker.  And God bless 'em, these seniors vote.

    It would be nice if we could put the whole topic to bed and be done with it once and for all–unconstitutional, yadda, yadda, yadda, repealed.

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    When something affects me I  deal w/ it. All the ink spent on this blog for over a year has not changed anything, but has kept a lot of people busy trying to tell me that the sky will be falling at some future date. That future is yet to come.

  7. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    “That future is yet to come.”

    That’s profound Sammy!
    No matter how much you spin a lie, it is still not the truth.

  8. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    And maybe we should change "Tomorrow is promised to no one" to "Medicare is promised to no one"…or "time heals all wounds" to "medicare heals all wounds"…and my favorite:  "time is the cure" to "Medicare is the cure".  Or maybe the last should be a bit more broad, "Obamacare is the cure".    My 20 year old daughter thinks about politics in Sammy's way:  it doesn't affect me yet, so why worry?  Shortsighted at best.  But she has youth & inexperience as an excuse.


  9. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    All I read is a bunch of slogans. Where is the repeal you are pining for? Where is a new plan? Just beating up on an old horse, that must feel good.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Actually, I just want to keep the old horse, not beat it.


      But you are right: slogans like "keep your own healthcare/doctor" and "costs will go down while coverage goes up" and "illegals/abortions won't be covered" that the Øbamaroids constantly espouse are tired lies that aren't working anymore in the face of reality.

  10. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    And here I thought that the goofy hick act by Griffith was just an act.  He is no different than Charlie Sheen when it comes to acting.

  11. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    It's still the old horse: according to SOS's post the REAL changes will not take place till 2013. By that time, I recon, the "new and improved" Congress will have come up w/ a new horse (LOL).

  12. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    @sammy…you don't think this was "original" legislation (2000+ pages worth) from Obama, Pelosi & the dems, do you?  They couldn't read the 10 pages of the AZ law addressing illegals in that state before opening their yaps and calling it unconstitutional.  There's NO way they wrote 2500 pages of legislation.  I suspect this is Hillary Clinton's old horse from the 90s, tweaked in a few places & resurrected from the glue factory with a new label slapped on it.  The "new and improved" congress won't have to come up with a "new horse"…the majority of people in the U.S. will be more than happy to go back to the way things were before this was passed under the cover of darkness.

  13. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    winnie888: how do you go back to the way things were, unless what is on the books now gets repealed or re-written? You have a magic wand and make Obamacare disappear?

  14. 2MildBill
    2MildBill says:

    TRUTH? You want the truth from government? God doesn't have enough money to buy that from them.

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