What could $4 million buy....
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is planning to take $4 million more of hard working Arkansas taxpayer money to pay for Obamacare advertisements. Surly, if Obamacare was such a great investment, DHS would not have to take money from families they are claiming to help in order to purchase more advertising. What ever happened to good old fashioned word-of-mouth? A tactic that costs no money and provides the best marketing a company could ask for. Word-of-mouth is nothing more than one person turning to their neighbor and telling them how great or how poor a product is. A message of great news about Obamacare is not being preached; neighbors are telling each other about how they have to pay more for Obamacare while receiving less benefit, a decrease in the amount of doctors available, and how Obamacare is hurting their small business. Since the Obama administration cannot provide a product that Arkansas and the rest of America want, they are now going to take $4 million of Arkansas tax money to advertise and convince us we need Obamacare.
Imagine how $4 million could be used to benefit the state of Arkansas if it was directed towards programs that families actually wanted. To put this money into real terms, $4 million would purchase an individual 42,105 tickets to Disney World. That would buy enough tickets for someone to invite their whole town out on a vacation and then some! With the ability to purchase that many tickets, one could probably spend the weekend in Cinderella’s castle, too!
Or perhaps one is unable to take a trip to Disney World and just wants to socialize through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. With $4 million, one could buy 17,544 years of internet access to stay connected with their friends. One would have no problem becoming the king or queen of social media if they had this much available time to access the internet.
These examples show just how much $4 million really is. It is a shame to see this much money taken from the hands of Arkansas citizens in order to promote the DHS agenda. While one may not necessarily use the money to spend on lavish vacations or talking on the internet, one would be able to keep their own money which would provide that individual or family the tools necessary to take care of their own needs or indulge in entertainment. If DHS takes the money, Arkansas will not receive the full $4 million back from it. The majority will go to DHS operations and Arkansas will collect the leftovers. If Arkansas was able to cut out the DHS middle-man and keep its money, the full $4 million would be directed back into the state and be implemented more efficiently by the citizens of Arkansas who could discuss and decide what works best to meet their needs.