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When President Donald Trump took office, there were funds specifically allocated to promote Obamacare and encourage enrollment — but his administration apparently didn’t want to use taxpayer dollars for that purpose.
Instead, the Trump administration has spent a portion of the money to run a public relations campaign against the controversial health care law, according to the Daily Beast.
The Department of Heath and Human Services, headed up by Secretary Tom Price, has created at least 23 anti-Obamacare videos featuring people who claim to have been harmed by the health care law. There could be over 130 total videos produced by HHS, according to a “source familiar with the video production.”
And former Obama administration officials are not happy at all, to say the least. Read more from the Daily Beast report:
The effort, which involves a multi-pronged social media push as well as video testimonials designed at damaging public opinion of President Obama’s health care law, is far more robust and sustained than has been publicly revealed or realized.
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The strategy has caught the eye of legal experts and Democrats in Congress, who have asked government agencies to investigate whether the administration has misused funds and engaged in covert propaganda in its efforts to damage and overturn the seven-year-old health care law. It’s also roiled Obama administration veterans, who argue that the current White House is not only abdicating its responsibilities to administer the law but sabotaging it in an effort to facilitate its undoing by Congress.
The money used for the anti-Obamacare push would have come from HHS’s “consumer information and outreach budget,” which was intended to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, according to the report.
Republicans recently failed to repeal and replace Obamacare in what was seen largely as a legislative disaster. President Trump has since advocated for letting Obamacare “fail,” which he says will force Democrats to come to the negotiating table to craft a new health care plan.
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