A lot of our money was spent on those Medicare ads featuring Andy Griffith trying to convince everybody how totally awesome the Obamacare law. How much? According to Judicial Watch, $3.2 million to be almost exact:
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Obama Department of Health and Human Services regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith, which were deemed misleading by a number of press outlets, including the nonpartisan FactCheck.org. The Obama Administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the advertisements on national television in September and October of 2010 to educate â€œMedicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.â€ According to the documents released to Judicial Watch.
Probably the most troubling item in this story is that Andy Griffith provided his services for free. I was at least hoping that Griffith’s participation was only based on greed, but it turns out he was just stupid.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)