Obama Administration Still Promoting Obamacare by Paying Taxpayer Money to Google, Bing, Ask, and Yahoo!
9:34 AM, Feb 23, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
If you type “Obamacare” into a search engine — whether Google, Bing, or Ask — you’ll find that the first site that appears at the top of the page is healthcare.gov. That site will tell you everything you want to know — or, rather, everything the Obama administration wants you to know (and nothing that it doesn’t want you to know) — about Obamacare. And it comes up first, before anything else, because your tax dollars are paying for it to come up first. The same is true on Yahoo!, except that Yahoo! lists a few unpaid links above the first paid link.
At healthcare.gov, you’ll benefit from the type of objective review of Obamacare that only the Obama administration can provide. You’ll find that Obamacare “reforms will give Americans new rights and benefits,” thereby confirming that the Obama administration does in fact think that rights are given by government. You’ll find, also, that “The new law extends the life of the Medicare Trust fund at least 12 years, and takes other actions to secure the program.”
But you’ll have to look elsewhere, however, to find that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that Obamacare would siphon almost $1 trillion out of Medicare in Obamacare’s real first decade (2014 to 2023), would lead to Medicare paying lower reimbursement rates to providers even than Medicaid does, and would thereby jeopardize Medicare patients’ access to care. Moreover, healthcare.gov won’t tell you that the Medicare chief actuary (who works within the Obama administration) recently testified that Obamacare likely won’t hold health costs down, and likely won’t let everyone keep their insurance if they like it.
On healthcare.gov, you’ll find that small companies “may qualify for a small business tax credit.” But you won’t find the AP reports that “The credit drops off sharply once a company gets above 10 workers and $25,000 average annual wages” and that a company with 24 workers and $35,000 in average annual wages wouldn’t get a tax credit at all. You also won’t find that Obamacare would hit small businesses with new taxes and would provide financial disincentives to hire new workers.
Even more tellingly, you won’t find that the National Federation of Independent Business (the leading small business association) supports repeal, as it declares that Obamacare “is harmful to small business and small business wants it undone.” And you won’t find that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports repeal and welcomes “an opportunity for everyone to take a fresh look at health care reform,” which would allow us to “replace [Obamacare’s] unworkable approaches with more effective measures that will lower costs, expand access, and improve quality.”
No, for such information, you’ll have to go to sites that aren’t run by the government and funded by taxpayer money. But to find them, you’ll have to look farther down the page on Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask, as such private sites also aren’t using taxpayer money to buy paid links that appear at the top of search engines’ pages. (I reported back in early January that this was going on, and it still is.)
In the process of providing oversight, perhaps the House Republicans would like to ask Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius how she can justify such apparent misuse of taxpayer money to promote what is essentially government propaganda.