Portman requested information from Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, detailing the terms of the contract, purpose and expected work product.
This latest request comes not long after a much larger inquiry about the HHS public relations spending. Portman and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) requested details surrounding spending by two different agencies, one of which responded and HHS has yet to respond, missing the March 16th deadline.
“There is no justification for wasting $20 million in taxpayer dollars on an advertising blitz for the President’s health care spending law,” Portman said. “With Washington nearly $16 trillion dollars in debt, the American taxpayers should not be asked to fund ad campaigns defending a law that only deepens the spending hole we’re in.”
Information surrounding this new $20-million ad campaign by the Obama administration is not yet available, but an ad campaign that aired back in 2010 may be a good framework to compare what the administration is planning. The 2010 campaign starred Andy Griffith saying, “That new healthcare law (Obamacare), sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare.”
The Heritage Foundation provides additional background on this PR contract that Portman is digging into and the history of the administration using taxpayer money to fund this presidential propaganda.