The White House Press Office has just released this statement on the death of actor Andy Griffith:
Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning. A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.
Griffith was also a recent star in a series of television ads where the veteran actor advocated for Obamacare.
Politicoreports that the Obama administration’s pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million, according to records obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, there were at least three such ads (here, here, and here), so it’s not clear whether this was the cost for one, or for the whole batch. In this ad, Griffith says, “That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!”
If not repealed, Obamacare would be financed through a combination of Medicare cuts, tax increases, and deficit spending. But to hear the Obama administration talk, Obamacare would instead improve Medicare coverage, lower taxes, and cut the deficit.