Shocking how the government uses taxpayer funds to buy support from private entities

Given how much money the government has access to, they could buy support for Obamacare from almost anyone.  For an administration claims to have high standards of transparency, it is astounding that the Obama administration wouldn't make clearly public that they are making these bribes.   From the Washington Times:
Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration’s top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law. 
The consumer health care site had the occasional nice thing to say about Obamacare, too. In one article, it predicted doctors might pick up more patients and crowed in an article titled “7 Surprising Things About the Affordable Care Act” that many consumers already had received insurance refunds under the law. 
But what neither Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius nor WebMD mentioned at the time was that the company, which millions of Americans regularly read for health news, also stood to earn millions of dollars from a federal contract to teach doctors about Obamacare. 
The contract documents, reviewed by The Washington Times, reward WebMD handsomely. For instance, the fee schedule offers dozens of products, including: 
 • As much as $126,826 for a single 5,000-word review article on scientific advances in a clinical topic. 
• Up to $68,916 for a four-minute video from an opinion specialist. 
• More than $140,000 for an eight-question online quiz. . . .

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Blogger Unknown said...

Great example of crony capitalism or "crony socialism" as I like to call it. This is a dangerous precedent, I don't know if WebMD is anti-gun, but if they're getting money Obama stole from the taxpayers, I can see them becoming anti-gun.

Thanks for all the great work you do, Mr. Lott. I'm a big fan.

11/13/2013 9:29 PM  
Blogger RS said...

Part of the great progressive axis, where NGO's, friendly corporations, and unions get to feed on the taxpayers.

The Chicago Way.

11/14/2013 9:57 PM  

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