It seems increasingly clear that the President wants, at the very least, for Americans to look back at his time in office and remember his health care overhaul.
Unfortunately for him, I don’t think he’ll be remembered in the glorious, you-saved-our-health-care-system kind of way that he’s hoping for – but we’ll remember it alright.
Evidence continues to surface outlining just how disastrous Obamacare will be on health care and the economy, leading to heavy concern and criticism from the American public. And yet, it has also become increasingly clear that the President couldn’t care less. This is a system, after all, that the majority of the country never wanted – and he implemented it anyway.
His administration has been incessantly pushing the “advantages” of Obamacare – though, not surprisingly, riddled with fallacies and inaccuracies – to gain more support for the initiative. Needless to say, it hasn’t been going very well. And when his “rhetorical-splendor” that captivates the left and transitions them into cheering school girls doesn’t work, what’s a president to do?
Misuse taxpayer dollars, naturally!
Specifically, Judicial Watch cited records from The Ogilvy Group (the PR firm hired by the White House), stating that the Department of Health and Human Services began the Web campaign to “track Internet searches and use online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive traffic to a government website promoting Obama’s healthcare overhaul…Using ‘pay-per-click’ advertising tools.”
Additionally, conversation records between Ogilvy and HHS revealed that Hispanics and African-Americans were intentionally the largest target of the online campaign. An email stated:
“Vice President of Ogilvy PR Worldwide, to HHS officials on December 16, 2010, summarizing a conference call, ‘You want to utilize the bulk of their paid media efforts (which would include expenditures for Radio One and Univision) on media that reaches African Americans and Hispanics. The money will go farther and these audiences continue to be a top priority.’ ”
This is undoubtedly an abhorrent use of taxpayer money, but also an extreme invasion of American privacy. As stated by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
“The American people should be disturbed that the Obama administration is using taxpayer funds to try to brainwash people simply searching the Internet for information on health care. This Big Brother campaign is underhanded, potentially unlawful, and it must be stopped.”
There should absolutely be an official investigation into this outrageous misuse of public funds. After all, President Obama promised the American people honesty and transparency during his campaign back in 2008. Unfortunately neither has been prevalent during his presidency.
So perhaps that is what Americans will remember him for – false promises.