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‘Billions’ spent on attacking Obamacare?
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler

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Posted By:JoniTx, 4/4/2014 12:55:09 PM

“We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” – President Obama, remarks in the Rose Garden, April 1, 2014 - A reader asked us about this comment during the president’s victory lap on the Affordable Care Act. Were there really “billions” of dollars worth of commercials opposing the law? Our initial reaction was that this was just a bit of presidential hyperbole. On the other hand, the president did make this assertion in a major speech. So let’s see what the data say. The Facts -The best source for spending on political ads is Kantar Media

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 4/4/2014 1:04:51 PM     (No. 9797674)

Let me get this straight: opponents of the ACA have spent somewhere in the vicinity of $500 million (according to this article and its sources) to oppose the law, the government has spent somewhere in the vicinity of $700 million promoting the law, yet the article concludes that opponents have outspent proponents of the law?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 4/4/2014 1:19:26 PM     (No. 9797694)

Is the government counting all of the arm-twisting trips to Los Angeles to get Obamacare favorably mentioned in programming?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Malia2012, 4/4/2014 1:30:59 PM     (No. 9797709)

Pathetic loser! How much of the money "attacking" obamabotcare was TAXPAYER money?? Now, since the "government" doesn´t HAVE any money except what they confiscate from US, how much TAXPAYER money was stolen to prop up the catastrophic obamabotcare?? Sit down and be quiet, mr. kessler!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JimS, 4/4/2014 1:36:40 PM     (No. 9797719)

Billions of what? Bitcoins?

What a freakin´ liar this punk is. In addition to the $700MM the Dems spent in PR for Obamacare, Stinky went on Letterman, Oprah, got Hollywood and the NBA (Alonzo Mourning) to give him free PR. Not to mention MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, NYT, WaPo, etc., all cheerelading for him.

The deck was stacked in his favor, and now this punk wants to pretend it was an amazing, courageous accomplishment against overwhelming odds. If I could just deck him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lylacat, 4/4/2014 1:43:54 PM     (No. 9797729)

0bama and his administration spent 700 Million Dollars promoting their POS healthcare. Why does he keep lying?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 4/4/2014 1:51:10 PM     (No. 9797741)

FTA

"The organization noted that this included advertising that “would have happened in the course of regular campaigning.”"

So they are counting not just ads against this bill but also campaign ads where the candidate holds a position against this bill. They also note this is the aggregate sum from 2009 through 2013, which included two election cycles one of which was a presidential cycle.

In the spent for column did they count all the Dem candidates ads who voted for the law and had a pro obamacare plank in their platform? I´m guessing no. They are also assuming that the constant campaigning by Obama does not count as advocacy and give it no onetary value. By this logic one 60 second local radio ad would qualify as "vastly outspending" Obama since Obama didn´t have to pay for his hours of primetime major network exposure.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/4/2014 2:58:56 PM     (No. 9797842)

And, so how much was spent "ILLEGALLY" to get it passed and force it down our throats?

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