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HHS Website Pushes For ‘Obama-Care’

From Roll Call:

Grassley Warns HHS Web Site May Be ‘Propaganda’

By John Stanton

Oct. 20, 2009

Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising concerns that a Department of Health and Human Services Web site that urges visitors to send an e-mail to President Barack Obama praising his health care reform plan may violate rules against government-funded propaganda.

The Web page is accessed through a “state your support” button featured prominently on the HHS Web site and carries a disclaimer that the Web site is maintained by HHS.

In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday, Grassley warned that “any possible misuse of appropriated funds by the executive branch to engage in publicity or propaganda in support of an Administration priority is a matter that must be investigated and taken seriously,” noting that in 2005 Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that “the use of official funds for similar activities were ‘underhanded tactics’ and that these tactics ‘are not worthy of our great democracy.’”

The form letter on the “state your support” page includes language hailing Obama’s efforts. “We strongly support your commitment to comprehensive health reform. This is not a luxury. The continuing, sharp escalation of health care costs for families, businesses, and government is unsustainable. Reform is imperative. We believe that health reform must be enacted this year,” the letter says.

Additionally, the form letter says that signatories will back Obama’s efforts. “During these extraordinarily challenging times, we need to put aside past differences and address the health and economic crisis. Our shared interest must come before narrow interests so we can achieve a health system that is affordable and provides high quality for all Americans. We will support your budget with its reserve fund dedicated to achieving health care reform in a fiscally responsible manner. Each of us must be prepared to contribute to achieving this fundamental goal. By signing this statement we affirm our commitment to work with you and our Congressional leaders to enact legislation this year which provides affordable, high quality coverage for all Americans.”

The page requires signatories to provide their name, zip code and e-mail address, and also asks for their mailing address and phone number, although that information is not labeled as required.

In his letter, Grassley notes that HHS has recently issued new guidance to insurers that they must obtain permission from beneficiaries before sending out mailers critical of the reform efforts in Congress. “The use of the official HHS.gov Web site for activities that seem to be nothing more than government propaganda raises many serious questions,” Grassley wrote.

Grassley asked Sebelius for a host of information, including which contractors helped develop the Web site, which third parties and executive branch offices will have access to the personal data and whether signatories will be or have been contacted by HHS or other executive branch offices.

"Healthreform.gov is a valuable resource for the American people and we look forward to discussing this resource with the Senator," HHS spokesman Nick Papas said Tuesday evening.

Here is the text from the Sebelius/HHS taxpayer funded website:

State Your Support

Dear Mr. President,

We strongly support your commitment to comprehensive health reform.

This is not a luxury. The continuing, sharp escalation of health care costs for families, businesses, and government is unsustainable. Reform is imperative.

We believe that health reform must be enacted this year.

Reform is needed to help America’s families struggling with rising costs and those who are losing their insurance. At the same time, real health reform is crucial to keeping American businesses competitive in the world economy and for the country’s long-term economic viability. As our country faces economic challenges, the time for reform is now.

We support health reform that follows these principles:

  • Protect families’ financial health
  • Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans
  • Provide portability of coverage
  • Guarantee choice of doctors
  • Invest in prevention and wellness
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • End barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions
  • Reduce long-term growth of health costs for businesses and government

During these extraordinarily challenging times, we need to put aside past differences and address the health and economic crisis. Our shared interest must come before narrow interests so we can achieve a health system that is affordable and provides high quality for all Americans. We will support your budget with its reserve fund dedicated to achieving health care reform in a fiscally responsible manner. Each of us must be prepared to contribute to achieving this fundamental goal.

By signing this statement we affirm our commitment to work with you and our Congressional leaders to enact legislation this year which provides affordable, high quality coverage for all Americans.

Now how could anyone see that as propaganda?

By the way, the footer on that page proudly announces: “This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.”

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “HHS Website Pushes For ‘Obama-Care’”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    * Protect families’ financial health
    * Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans

    These two alone are ludicrous. Everyone knows, or anyone with half a brain knows, barrycare will cost everyone, 7-12% of their income. (How’s that for a tax increase!) Even those under the poverty line will have to chip in approximately 2% of there already meager earnings. Throw in rationing and cuts in Medicare. There’s real quality health coverage for ya.

    The propaganda on this subject is mind boggling. The people who believe it are either ignorant or stupid. At least ignorance can be rectified with information.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      “The people who believe it are either ignorant or stupid”

      I wish they were only ingorant and stupid, many probably think it is a good idea. The inculcation has been effective on many of the soft minds who vote democrat.

  2. canary says:

    WH promoting work for ACORN for college credits.

    Biggovernment.com: Taxpayer Funded Serve.gov Filtering Activists to ACORN
    by Dana Loesch
    The Obama Administration has placed a large premium on what it calls “national service.” It has launched a website, http://www.Serve.gov, that is reported to act as a clearing house for Americans eager to “give back” to their communities. Unfortunately, Americans looking for an opportunity to volunteer may get something they weren’t expecting.

    By typing “ACORN” into the search field entitled “What interests you” at Serve.gov, you’re transported to allforgood.org where you can choose from a list of volunteer opportunities, including “healthcare activist.” This particular “volunteer” opportunity is with the Tuscon ACORN office:

    (planting ACORN trees and seed spreading? & more)

    http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/18/taxpayer-funded-serve-gov-filtering-activists-to-acorn/

  3. canary says:

    The HHR is also violating law requiring log-in & personal information, which Obama did on his WH website when he stepped in office. Complaints put a stop to to that.

    Senator Grassley’s is really going after this, and wants answers.
    http://grassley.senate.gov/about/upload/102009-Sebelius-website-letter.pdf

  4. proreason says:

    When will Michael Moore become the Obamistration’s Communications Czar?

    • canary says:

      I think you had to be arrested, a gay child pedifil, proof you followed a famous communist tryant, beat some with sticks, or played with explosives.
      He’ll find a way. Doesn’t want to lose his mansion and fortune gained from capitalism.
      Union thugs are mad at him, so he’ll be stepping up his game.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      When fatboy becomes a tax cheat ….. he will get the approving wink and nod.


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