Sebelius Urged to Halt $8.7 Million Obamacare Ad Buy

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today called on the Obama administration to cancel an Obamacare ad buy expected to cost taxpayers at least $8.7 million.

"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 ObamaCare," Rubio wrote to HHS Secretary Kathleen 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," he continued. "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."

The administration isn't just buying ads but deploying President Clinton, who today said everyone needs to stop fighting over the healthcare law and concentrate on making it work.

"The benefits of reform can't be fully realized and the problem certainly can't be solved unless both the supporters and the opponents of the original legislation work together to implement it and address the issues that arise whenever you change a system that's this complex," Clinton said. "We all get paid to show up for work, and we need all hands on deck here. The health of our people, the security and stability of our families and the strength of our economy are all riding on getting health care reform right and doing it well. That means we have to do it together."