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They thought of everything, didn’t they?

The Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act.

The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy and prevent illnesses, an HHS official said.

The campaign was mandated by the Affordable Care Act and must describe the importance of prevention while also explaining preventive benefits provided by the healthcare law. The law makes many preventive services available without a co-pay or deductible, and provides new preventive benefits to Medicare patients.

The PR firm Porter Novelli won the contract after a competitive bidding process.

Basically these will be Obama ads that we all get to pay for. Even if the Supreme Court strikes down the law, the mechanisms with which will help Obama get re-elected will have already been put in motion — which was the plan all along.

By the way, Google “Porter Novelli” and “Obama” and you’ll find a few unsurprising connections to the current administration and the Dems in general. And don’t forget about campaign donations.

Remember those Medicare ads with Andy Griffith for which taxpayers were on the hook for over $3 million? Porter Novelli was the PR firm hired by the government for those as well.

Comments

49 Responses to “How Convenient: $20 Million Built Into Obamacare Law for PR Campaign Just Before the Election”

  1. jeffythequick on May 22nd, 2012 11:16 am

    Memo to those that are in the "reach around" the aisle:

    At 1pm, January 20th, 2013, the following acts need to be debated and voted on, before any parties, hobnobbing, backslapping, taking showers with Rahm Emanuel:

    Bill #1:
    The affordable care act of 2010 is hereby repealed. All funds directed at implementing it are returned to the treasury.

    Bill #2:
    The environmental protection agency is defunded and has no authority to exist under law. All funds directed at implementing it are returned to the treasury. All lawsuits instigated against said agency are immediately dropped.

    Bill #3:
    The Department of Education is hereby dissolved. All funds directed at implementing it are returned to the treasury.

    Bill #4:
    An amendment to the Constitution:
    All bills voted on by the Congress of the United States shall be twenty pages or less, written in a manner that is readable to the unaided eye, and visible to the public for 10 days before submission to the President.
    The States shall have the power of nullification of a Federal law, should three fourths of the state legislatures bring a nullification act within 10 years of enactment or amendment by the US Congress.

    Anyone that says that doing it from within needs to have a copy of the Affordable Care Act on their desk. When they think that reform from within is possible,just beat your head against it until the answer is clear.

  2. Marshall_Will on May 22nd, 2012 11:59 am

    The horror…. the horror…

    Now Mooderates and Independents get a much closer look at those tentacle suction cups than EVER they'd imagined! Hopefully now our long held assertions this -was- in fact a Soft Coup are being made clear to them?

    How much more apparent could we have MADE it? The 2nd Term would have been all about assuring there'd be a THIRD.

  3. jeffythequick on May 22nd, 2012 12:15 pm

    That's horrible!

    Hey, when's the new iPhone coming out?

  4. backwoodsconsr on May 22nd, 2012 12:29 pm

    My iPod is an iPhone. Iph it were a phone, I could make calls with it.

  5. Marshall_Will on May 22nd, 2012 12:52 pm

    The hypocrisy hits keep on coming. We ( as taxpayers ) fund all KINDS of Gov. 'agencies' that exist *only* to serve OTHER Gov. agencies. As often, our poorly written ( read intentionally vague ) 'laws' find agency pitted against agency.

    The U.S Office of Special Counsel comes to mind. Normally they handle all the damage control/stunt work and provide cover fire for your garden variety GSA-type scandals. Given their roots and entanglement, Porter Novelli should just be brought into the fold..?

  6. backwoodsconsr on May 22nd, 2012 12:53 pm

    Did they budget any money for Obama to play a few rounds of golf?

  7. jeffythequick on May 22nd, 2012 1:49 pm
  8. backwoodsconsr on May 22nd, 2012 1:58 pm

    Well, if it's in the budget we have to give it to him. I suggest we be quick about it.

  9. Marshall_Will on May 22nd, 2012 2:15 pm

    Yes, with false dichotomies like "My job is making sure everyone has a fair shot" I'd be checking those tee-times and course yardages carefully.

    Most people are seeing right thru Teh Done's straw argument and like every distraction of his, he's off in the rough. The people that worked at companies under Bain's direction HAD jobs..! In most cases, still DO.

    And they weren't likely handed those jobs nor their employment the result of some gubment "training program". Besides, it's all REAR looking. We, "the workers" are smart enough to figure out it has -nothing- to do w/ the current jackboot/strangulation economy.

    THIS is the big 'bombshell' he'd been waiting to drop?

  10. ChapBix on May 22nd, 2012 4:20 pm

    "The PR firm Porter Novelli won the contract after a bloody Chicago Machine bidding process."

    Mo' better.

  11. ChapBix on May 22nd, 2012 4:24 pm

    Bill #2:
    The environmental protection agency is defunded and has no authority to exist under law. All funds directed at implementing it are returned to the treasury. All lawsuits instigated against said agency are immediately dropped.

    Would that be instigated by rather than against said agency? Although, the latter could also be true, however, the plaintiffs in said action would probably drop them anyway since the legal point would be moot.

    That said, I commend you for the list. Spot on.

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  13. jeffythequick on May 22nd, 2012 4:55 pm

    hmmm…

    you're absolutely right! " instigated by " is more correct

    +1 to ChapBix!

    Another point for refining ideas in this forum!.

  14. jeffythequick on May 22nd, 2012 5:56 pm

    He is truly focused like a candle on that 3 letter word:

    j o b s

  15. SignPainterGuy on May 22nd, 2012 7:05 pm

    I agree w/ bofya; good list … as a start !

    #4- 10 yrs though ? Shew, the mill of gooberment grinds exceedingly slowly and finely !

  16. SignPainterGuy on May 22nd, 2012 7:12 pm

    Birthday Cake candle; no focus, small flame, very small candle, burns out quickly !

  17. SignPainterGuy on May 22nd, 2012 7:16 pm

    More Class Warfare brought on by jealousy and envy; not-honorable, childish, immature emotions !

    Something the O`Stration (purposely ?) fails to mention; one of their biggest donors / bundlers worked for Bain at the time they are falsely accusing Mitt of destroying companies thru Bain !

  18. jeffythequick on May 23rd, 2012 12:59 am

    Notice it says "enactment or amendment" They enact it, the clock starts. They amend it, the clock goes back to zero, and the 10 years starts all over again.

  19. jeffythequick on May 23rd, 2012 1:01 am

    I think you're overstating how bright they are.

  20. SignPainterGuy on May 23rd, 2012 1:48 am

    Yeah, I`ve heard it explained in some detail; it just seems like an incredibly slow process. It`s like the people of each state have to go thru a long period of suffering or at least unneeded aggravation before anything can be done ! How long does it really take to see that a bad law is indeed BAD !? I personally believe that if a bill is thoroughly debated BEFORE passage, it will be adequately pointed out that it isn`t worth passage in the first place. That assumes that intelligent legislators are doing the debating. Perhaps I should now say, "Never Mind !"

  21. SignPainterGuy on May 23rd, 2012 1:52 am

    Are you saying BiteMe is around a 1/4 watt; a rather dim bulb ? A lightning bug is blinding by comparison ?

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  23. jeffythequick on May 23rd, 2012 2:53 pm

    Well, of course, it's like gas:

    We have to pass it to find out what's in it.

  24. SignPainterGuy on May 23rd, 2012 3:24 pm

    And how often does THAT get you slapped ? ;-)

  25. jeffythequick on May 24th, 2012 3:10 am

    I have a cute smirk and a service dog. The smirk gets me sympathy, and the service dog gets the blame.

  26. jeffythequick on May 24th, 2012 3:11 am

    Even that's an overstatement.
    ;)

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