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When Touting Obamacare, Obama Prefers to Spend Taxpayers’ Money

3:08 PM, Jun 19, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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As the Los Angeles Times reports, for every $1 that President Obama’s campaign has spent in support of Obamacare, his administration has spent another $65 in taxpayers’ money.  The Times writes that the Obama administration has spent $46 million of taxpayers’ money in support of Obama’s centerpiece legislation, while the Obama campaign has spent only $703,000.  That’s a 65-to-1 ratio of matching funds, with taxpayers doing the matching. 

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Highlighting the overhaul’s unpopularity, $76 million has been spent in support of Obamacare over the past 3-1/2 years, while $250 million — more than three times as much — has been spent in opposition to it.  But the vast majority of the $76 million that has been spent in support of Obamacare — $46 million — has been spent by the Obama administration at taxpayers’ expense. 

The Times writes that “the Department of Health and Human Services accounts for 60% of pro-healthcare reform spending,” leaving “a mere $30 million spent over 3 1/2 years by every other pro-healthcare reform group nationwide.”

But this is hardly the only example of Obama spending taxpayer money in a pro-Obamacare vein to try to boost his reelection prospects.  He is also spending $8.35 billion — more than 275 times the amount that private entities have spent in support of Obamacare — on the Senior Swindle, his ploy to hide Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after the election.

Repeal, anyone?

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