But Seriously, #StopTheAds
Have you ever been to a car dealership and had to deal with a seemingly seedy car salesman? Someone who would sell you a car with square tires and tell you it runs as smooth as a Corvette, all just to take some cash from your pocket? Well, that’s exactly the kind of operation that the Department of Health Services is trying to run in Arkansas. DHS has already taken $4+ million of taxpayer money and spent it to advertise “Arkansas Health Connector.” Now, they want $4 million more of your hard earned money to pay for another round of advertisements because the first $4 million did not sell Obamacare well enough.
So, rather than sell a product that Arkansas actually wants, Arkansans are being forced to pay for advertising that tries to convince the state to give-in-to Obamacare. And do not for one second think that those who are saying the “Arkansas Health Connector” is a good program are saying that from the kindness of their heart; they are getting a nice paycheck for their efforts. According to the contract signed by the state, the following businesses are getting paid to sell the Obamacare message to you.
- Arkansas Business $41,500
- Talk Business $23,021
- Arkansas Times $13,650
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences $1,469,450
Feel free to give them a call and see if they will let you keep your money and pay for the advertising themselves; if they really believe their message, they would. And, these are not the only ones who get to dip their hand in your wallet.
According to the contract the state signed, the following tax dollars will be spent on ads:
- $60,000 on Pandora Radio
- $24,000 on social media
- $120,000 on search engine marketing
- $150,880 for consulting
- $26,465 for an iPhone app
Hey, let’s try to stay optimistic, at least you will finally get computer ads and pop-ups that you paid for, right…?
But, more importantly, the fact remaining is that Obamacare does not work and hardworking Arkansans are being forced to pay for its implementation. If Obamacare is so good, why doesn’t its quality sell and why do those implementing Obamacare want to be exempt from it? Until these questions are answered, Arkansas must make sure to call our legislators and tell them to #StopTheAds and not fund them this Friday when they vote.