Wednesday was the first anniversary of Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, into law. Want to know how we celebrated Obamacare’s birthday at Judicial Watch?
We filed a lawsuit against the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain records related to a taxpayer funded Obamacare propaganda campaign. And here’s why this lawsuit was necessary.
On December 15, 2010, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with HHS seeking the following information: “All records concerning the creation and/or funding of advertisements on the Affordable Care Act.”
Two days later, on December 17, 2010, Judicial Watch received confirmation from HHS that its request was received. And then on January 14, 2011, we received additional confirmation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a component of HHS. So by law, a response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request was due no later than February 14, 2011. But the response from HHS has been predictable. We’ve received no documents, and HHS has failed to even tell us when a response is forthcoming; hence our lawsuit.
It is important to note, this FOIA is by no means a shot in the dark. We already know the Obama administration has produced “misleading” advertisements using taxpayer dollars.
In November 2010, Judicial Watch separately obtained documents from the Obama HHS regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith. The Obama administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the advertisements on national television in September and October 2010 to — in the Obama administration’s words — educate “Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”
However, the intent of the ads was much more sinister, according to FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center: Read More: http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011032513119/us/politics-and-economics/lawsuit-filed-against-obamas-hhs-and-the-obamacare-propaganda-campaign.html