The rest of the story on those Andy Griffith Obamacare ads

Tom Fitton
Op Ed Contributor
Washington Examiner
12/3/2010

A new Judicial Watch investigation has found that President Obama spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a “misleading” propaganda campaign to help foster public support for his extremely unpopular “health care reform” law, also known as Obamacare.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, our investigators obtained documents from the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith, which were deemed misleading by a number of press outlets, including the nonpartisan (but left-of-center) FactCheck.org.

The new documents show the Obama administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the advertisements on national television in September and October of 2010 to educate “Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”…

…In press statements touting the new Griffith advertising program, the Obama White House described its purpose:

“The Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] will strengthen the health care system for all Americans, but senior citizens in particular stand to benefit from the new law. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is getting a little help delivering the good news from a well-known TV star: Andy Griffith.”

Not true, says FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. According to the organization’s analysis, the advertisements intentionally misinform the American people:

“Would the sheriff of Mayberry mislead you about Medicare? Alas, yes…

Read the entire article at the Washington Examiner.

H/T PowerLine

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