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September 18, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Obamacare is set to become the fully implemented law of the land in October unless something stops it. We will all find out the hard way just how this law, which has never enjoyed majority support, will impact our health insurance and the medical industry as a whole. So far, it’s proving effective at halting hiring and forcing employers to cut worker hours. Doctors have accelerated retirement. Large insurance carriers like Aetna have announced their intention to stay out of the Obamacare state insurance exchanges. Citizens in many states will see major increases in their health insurance premiums. It’s also proving so popular that even President Obama’s Big Labor allies want out of it. Big business has sought and won a delay in the corporate mandate. Congress has already exempted itself, with the president’s blessing. Yet the individual mandate that gives Americans a choice between buying a product or paying money to the government grinds into place on schedule. So, really, what’s not to love?

The Obama administration is beginning to roll out a huge advertising campaign to promote the law. Let’s hope that all the ads don’t take the fact-free hippie dippy vibe that Oregon took. That’s the stuff of nightmares.

According to a Republican media firm, the administration’s $12 million ad buy — that’s enough cash to buy a few Super Bowl ads — lands in some interesting places. Take a look at the screenshot below (here is the full spreadsheet).

obamacare-ad-buy

Let’s start at the top of the alphabet with Arizona. According to the spreadsheet, about $1.17 million Obamacare ad dollars will be spent in the Grand Canyon State. Three of the most vulnerable Democrats in the coming 2014 cycle happen to be Arizona representatives: Ron Barber (AZ-02), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09). They are all freshmen. Obamacare remains unpopular. Do these three Arizona Democrats welcome tax dollars being spent in their media markets promoting a policy that their constituents tend not to support?

Moving on from there, Florida will see $2.9 million spent to promote Obamacare. Again, two vulnerable House Democrats may be impacted: Reps. Joe Garcia (FL-26) and Patrick Murphy (Fl-18). What do they think of taxpayer dollars being spent to promote an ailing, unpopular policy when they’re hoping to get their own re-election messages out?

There is a larger question about all this that deserves attention: Should the government headed by a president who incessantly whines about sequestration — which was his own White House’s policy — and who constantly deceives regarding the scale of the national deficit and his role in it, spend money that we do not have to promote a policy that a majority of Americans do not support?

This ad buy may grow, by the way, as government programs tend to do. Politico reported on September 5 that the administration awarded a $41 million contract to the PR firm Weber Shandwick for Obamacare promotion. Again, this is money that we don’t have, to promote a law that most Americans don’t want. Perhaps those vulnerable Democrats will sense what these ads could do to their re-election hopes, and lead the way in questioning the wisdom of all this.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Obama administration heads to the Agenda Media airwaves from Alabama to Wyoming...peddling the benefits of eating more of the dog.

The Agenda Media will be exclaiming "Tasty!" and "Nutritious" in every single state.

Proving once again...for the Agenda Media there must be fifty ways to love your loser.
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Republicans need to get over it just like they were forced to get over Medicare. This law provides health care to millions of Americans who need it. It works and it is the law.
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and funny when libs don't like laws, they look to repeal them.

What was the law that allows corporations to spend money on campaigns, law of the land, but liberals are still fighting to change it.

So seems only liberal laws are good, per liberals. Am I getting that correct.

And then DOM act, which was the law of the land, and was fought by liberals to change it.

So where is your consistancy.

But then I recall, liberals no brains, no logic, no consistancy, save to destroy this country.
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The fact that this was sorta passed through a blatantly illegal process and that was NEVER challenged, makes me sick.
We are now looking at the same scenario. There is only one way to stop this. Shut the government down, or make them sign it. The "power of the purse" is not negotiable, but someone with his manhood intact needs to do this.
Speaker whineyboy would never charge German trenches in WW1, He'd be crying at the bottom of his own trench. I am so sick of the One half of One third BULL, that it makes me sick.
It is a cornerstone of the United States Constitution that the House has veto power by the use of defunding. It is their ace in the hole, their absolute inheritance from the Tribunes of the Plebes. A sacred trust. Failure to respect a sacred trust means Treason. Some Tribunes were mobbed to death, yet their veto held, even after their murder.
For weinerboy to do as he has is practically treason against the Constitution, which he has sworn to protect and defend.
Our government is nothing like what it was, even twenty years ago. It is filled with milk pussies, who dislike waves, even in the kiddie pool.
Shallow end.
Do your damn jobs, and maybe we'll reward you. First, do your damn jobs!!!!!
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Exempt America!
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They see no need to spend in Califobama.
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Think of the enormous hypocrisy of this:

"Congress has already exempted itself, with the president’s blessing."

...and after none of 'em, or very few indeed, even read much of that "Bill"..."billing", indeed.

We elected this mob, along with this "president". Circular finger pointing not permitted.
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The Obama administration heads to the Agenda Media airwaves from Alabama to Wyoming...peddling the benefits of eating more of the dog.

The Agenda Media will be exclaiming "Tasty!" and "Nutritious" in every single state.

Proving once again...for the Agenda Media there must be fifty ways to love your loser.
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So, how much of this $12M is gonna be spent at NBC (the official mouthpiece of the odumbo administration)? Gotta keep those "campaign" donations coming in from the NBC brass!
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