While people across the country were struggling to cough up the money necessary to pay for their sky-high deductibles and outrageous premiums to avoid tax penalties under Obamacare, the Obama administration was spending tens of millions in taxpayer funds to clean up his legacy and make his flagstone accomplishment look like it was a success.
Shocking figures obtained by the New York Post revealed that the federal government under Obama threw out a whopping $77 million in 2016 alone to put a positive spin on Obamacare, including $74.15 million to leftist PR firm Weber Shandwick and another one-time cost of $3.69 million.
The numbers break down like so: $64 million to a massive TV, internet and radio advertising blitz â€“ that explains the fawning love for Obamacare that suddenly cropped up on social media! — $4 million to creative development and production, $5 million to â€śdirect response marketing,â€ť $2 million to campaign strategy (that sounds awfully political), $ 1.5 million to small business enrollment and $1 million to branding. Whew.
Whatâ€™s more, former President Barack Obama has direct ties to Weber Shandwick, given that Obama picked chairman Jack Leslie to head the U.S. African Development Foundation. Leslie donated $1,000 to Obamaâ€™s 2012 campaign and $2,700 to Hillary Clintonâ€™s 2016 campaign â€“ you scratch my back, Iâ€™ll scratch yours.
The Trump administration has unequivocally criticized the bizarre ad campaign, with one White House official stating: â€śTens of millions in hard-earned taxpayer funds spent on TV ads wonâ€™t sell a fundamentally flawed approach to healthcare.â€ť
Thank goodness (and George Washington) for term limits!