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Rubio Calls On Administration To Cancel At Least $8.7 Million Ad Buy To Promote ObamaCare

Sep 4, 2013 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) yesterday evening called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to cancel an at least $8.7 million advertising purchase discovered to promote ObamaCare using taxpayer dollars

“This blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law is extremely concerning, especially considering the extensive unknowns surrounding the coming launch and implementation of ObamaCare,” said Rubio, in a letter to Sebelius.  “Until critical questions can be answered regarding the availability and type of health insurance to be provided by ObamaCare, it is unconscionable to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and advertise ObamaCare plans that have yet to be finalized.

“While the Administration should be abandoning this disastrous law, instead it is imprudently and blindly promoting poor policies that will harm Americans and American businesses, and misappropriating public funds in an effort to sell bad ideas to good people,” he added.

A copy of the letter is available here and the text is below.

September 3, 2013

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201


Dear Secretary Sebelius:
 

It has been brought to my attention that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), intends to spend $8.7 million of taxpayer funds to promote ObamaCare through advertising across the country in coming months. This blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law is extremely concerning, especially considering the extensive unknowns surrounding the coming launch and implementation of ObamaCar

Until critical questions can be answered regarding the availability and type of health insurance to be provided by ObamaCare, it is unconscionable to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and advertise ObamaCare plans that have yet to be finalized. While the Administration should be abandoning this disastrous law, instead it is imprudently and blindly promoting poor policies that will harm Americans and American businesses, and misappropriating public funds in an effort to sell bad ideas to good people.

I strongly urge you to halt CMS’ upcoming taxpayer-funded advertisement and promotion of ObamaCare. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Marco Rubio
United States Senator