“The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.” -Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment
Obamacare is a nightmare. It will impose more than 20 new taxes; add more than a TRILLION dollars to our deficit in 10 years and limit our options when it comes to care. It is already sending insurance premiums soaring and invading our privacy. But Barack Obama is determined that his signature piece of legislation be accepted and embraced by the American people, so he is launching propaganda campaigns to make us “take our medicine.” It is the same tactic he is using to spread his gun control message.
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In total, well over $50 million of your money has been spent promoting Obama’s healthcare law. The PR firm Porter Novelli was awarded a $20 million, taxpayer-funded contract to promote the Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid and tout the benefits of Obamacare. Ogilvy Public Relations was given $26 million in stimulus funds to promote the bill, and $19 million was spent in 2010 on brochures that the General Accounting Office admitted made “overstatements” about the benefits.
And you knew the mainstream media was in the bag for Obama, but he must not have been so sure. Because the American taxpayer is helping fund classes for reporters hailing the positive aspects of Obamacare and then the “students” will then willingly turn around and parrot back the talking points to Americans.
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The Commonwealth Fund—presided over by David Blumenthal, former health care advisor to Obama—is sponsoring a two-day symposium, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) entitled “The Business of Health Care” at Reuters in New York City. The symposium will “offer specialized education in health care reporting” and “boost knowledge of the Affordable Care Act.”
The SABEW website announced the goal of the symposium, which is “to introduce fellows to experts in the field and explore ways to improve coverage of the issue.” Oh … and former Obama administration official Sherry Glied was a speaker.
A few years ago the Commonwealth Fund gave a $15,000 grant to SABEW for “a series of education programs focusing on aspects of the nation’s new health-care reform law.” No matter that this seems like a conflict of interest. No matter that it stinks, to high heaven, of propaganda. You are about to get schooled, courtesy of Barack Hussein Obama.
Fax Congress & Stop Propaganda!
Like ranchers leading sheep to the slaughter, Barack Obama and his cohorts in the Department of Health and Human Services are trying to get us to take our poison. And, while Obama is fond of doing things that aren’t quite legal or constitutional, in this case, he may soon have the legal right to invade the media with his agenda. The House passed amendment 114 to the Defense Authorization Act in May. It amends the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987, giving the government authorization to use propaganda on the American people.
A Pentagon official says, “The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
Senator Rob Portman wasn’t happy about the Porter Novelli and Ogilvy deals so he sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last year expressing his concerns. "If…you're doing a PR blitz to try to sell a program during an election year, that seems to me to be more in the realm of something a political organization should be paying for rather than us as taxpayers."
He asked for a response by June 1st. He didn’t get one. A follow-up letter was sent, asking for information by August 1st. again, nothing.
Government spending is at an all-time high and there is waste at every level. But now, your money is being spent on propaganda missions to get you to “buy in”—excuse the pun—to Obamacare.
One reporter who attended the SABEW class wrote an article about what she learned. Paula Burkes of The Oklahoman almost breathlessly exclaimed, “Imagine if your doctor—before prescribing a drug or ordering a scan, lab work or some other kind of test—was prompted by a computer screen that told him whether his diagnostic or treatment plans aligned with medical evidence for best health outcomes, and then gave him the choice to change his mind…”
Yes…imagine. Imagine if we had a free press in this country. Imagine if Barack Obama stayed out of the business of reporting.
Now, imagine getting rid of Obamacare.
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