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Well I’ll Be Dogged: Andy Only the Tip of Medicare/Obamacare Propaganda Iceberg

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Posted on December 4 2010 7:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Much has been made about the deceptive Andy Griffith commercial ostensibly about Medicare, but subliminally about “the new health care law,” including a detailed breakdown by factcheck.org and our own Elena Ives.

But Griffith may just be bird dogging for a larger, more subtle effort that seems to be flying under the radar.  Annnn-DEE!

PSAs (that are not on the Medicare Web site or YouTube) run constantly on cable channels featuring nice old middle class codgers talking about Medicare open enrollment and warning about Medicare fraud.  Each spot contains the telltale phrase “Under the new healthcare law…” then proceeds to tell us what new wonderful benefit it brings us.

“Under the new health care law…”

  • We can now prosecute Medicare fraud!
  • You old people have all sorts of wonderful options and choices!

Congressman Dave Camp of Michigan smelled a rat when these commercials started rolling out a few weeks before the midterm election.  He wanted to know  if they were targeted to close Congressional races.

Camp wondered:

  • Why the ads are not running nation wide
  • Where they have run
  • And whether the commercial spending is comparable to previous years or obviously targeted just in time for the election.

The answers under Nancy Pelosi were not forthcoming– especially not before November 2nd.

But since Camp is the new Ways and Means Chairman, here is some advice for him and for new Speaker John Boehner.

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