By Gary P Jackson
How desperate is the Obama regime? This desperate:
Pretty outragious really. Just another pack of lies using an icon that many older Americans (the ones the regime is targeting) tend to believe. It’s comes off as a frenzied attempt to hold on to voters come November.
Good luck with that.
Considering we are now trillions of dollars in debt, thanks to Obama and his Congress, $700,000 is nothing, but still …. One has to wonder, if ObamaCare is all that, why did they have to drag out “Sheriff Andy” to sell this snake oil?
The New York Post has this:
Was it not enough for President Obama to saddle future Americans with billions of dollars in new health benefits and entitlements that they simply cannot afford?
He also had to go and corrupt one of America’s most beloved figures of the last half-century. And stick you with the $700,000 bill.
Before Obama started pimping him out last week to sell the highly unpopular health-care law, actor Andy Griffith was about as all-American as you could get.
Grew up during the Great Depression.
Award-winning gospel singer.
As widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, he was thoughtful, big-hearted and always gently right.
As Matlock, he always won his cases.
Yet in a sick deal with the Obama administration, Griffith shatters his credibility, promising all roses with a health-care law that even Barney Fife could tell you is a disaster in the making.
“This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits,” Griffith says in the gauzy ad, as if today’s seniors are America’s last generation.
“And with the new health-care law, more good things are coming. Free checkups, lower prescription costs. and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud.”
Yeah, as if the real problem with today’s economy is that people aren’t paying enough in taxes and the government has too much money on its hands.
Guess it is good to know that at least Andy Griffith is still in Mayberry.
But the 59 percent of voters who want the law repealed live far from Mayberry, no matter what Griffith tries telling them.
And the most shocking thing about the fantasy ad?
You paid for it.
That’s right. It is taxpayers who are coughing up the $700,000 to run the ad all over the country in a government campaign to sell its cockeyed health-care scheme.
Sad, pathetic, and possibly illegal. Five Republican Senators sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding answers. Here’s an excerpt. Emphasis is mine:
We are writing to express our profound concern regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) television ad campaign touting the benefits of the new health care law for seniors. According to press reports, the ad campaign cost taxpayers $700,000.
We request that you cease the ad campaign immediately and reimburse the U.S. Treasury for any expenditure of taxpayer funds related to this effort. We also request you provide documentation outlining which HHS account these funds came from.
We believe this ad is a clear violation of the spirit of federal laws that prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars for campaign purposes. The justification for this ad, as expressed by Stephanie Cutter, an Assistant to the President, demonstrates the clear political motivation for the ad.
Ms. Cutter wrote on the White House blog: “As we worked to pass the Affordable Care Act, seniors were the target of a major misinformation campaign that was designed to scare and confuse older Americans about the real impact of reform….We are committed to correcting the record and ensuring seniors have the information they need and get the high-quality care they have earned and deserve.”
The Administration’s claim to “correct the record” is misleading and offensive. We can debate the relative merits of the new law, but co-opting public funds during a recession, to make a political, poll-tested argument about the new law, is wrong. While we understand the intensity of the Administration’s faith in this new law, “correcting the record” through the use of a taxpayer-funded ad campaign is highly inappropriate and breaks with the spirit of the law.
Read more here.
This is a rather sad way for an American icon to end up. As with many things, I blame Ron Howard.
As performances and believability go, I think this little bit of snake oil salesmanship is a lot better than Griffith’s latest. The product is more believeable than ObamaCare too:
Wonder what Andy thinks of the “trained seals” who fall for his ObamaCare ad?