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house Bill H.R. 182

Should HHS Not be Allowed to Spend Fees It Collects On Ads For Obamacare Exchanges?

Argument in favor

HHS shouldn’t be using fees it collects to run advertisements promoting the Obamacare exchanges, especially now that the Affordable Care Act will likely be repealed.

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01/28/2017
Oh what a tangled web of deceit the democrats wove into Obamacare. Using hidden fees to promote its failed plan. Dump this mess by passing the proposed bill.
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Mart's Opinion
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01/28/2017
Why should I pay for them to advertise to me?
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04/20/2017
First of all, don't advertise it at all. It's a government mandate. People know about it. You don't need to advertise it. Waste of money. But COME ON, Republicans! Just repeal the whole thing already! Don't just limit the department because you "think you might one day" - don't talk about it, BE about it!
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Argument opposed

TV advertisements are a good way of notifying consumers about how easy it is to buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov and should continue until Obamacare is replaced.

Gil's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Come up with a comprehensive replacement for the ACA and desist from deliberately undermining the only national program we have to increase health care coverage for Americans. The time spent by Congress legislating vindictive cruelty can be better spent coming up with a better program.
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Emily's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Part of the problem implementing the ACA was the deliberate obfuscation of information - education is essential in helping people navigate the system.
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Sean's Opinion
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01/27/2017
Not being allowed to advertise is censorship and a means to phase out the HHA. It prevents the HHA from being able to put out important useful information. Many people, probably even the vast majority of Americans, get their information about the HHA from advertisements.
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What is House Bill H.R. 182?

This bill would prohibit the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) from spending any fees it collects on advertising health insurance exchanges themselves or plans offered on them.

Impact

People who would’ve otherwise seen advertisements and visited a health insurance exchange; and HHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 182

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: In 2015, HHS budgeted $35 million dollars to run TV ads in English and Spanish across 38 states that used HealthCare.gov rather than their own exchange.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Daniel Rehn via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Stop Obamacare Spam Act of 2017

Official Title

To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from using any type of fee collected to advertise or market Exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
    Oh what a tangled web of deceit the democrats wove into Obamacare. Using hidden fees to promote its failed plan. Dump this mess by passing the proposed bill.
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    Come up with a comprehensive replacement for the ACA and desist from deliberately undermining the only national program we have to increase health care coverage for Americans. The time spent by Congress legislating vindictive cruelty can be better spent coming up with a better program.
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    Part of the problem implementing the ACA was the deliberate obfuscation of information - education is essential in helping people navigate the system.
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    Not being allowed to advertise is censorship and a means to phase out the HHA. It prevents the HHA from being able to put out important useful information. Many people, probably even the vast majority of Americans, get their information about the HHA from advertisements.
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    If you don't like the ACA fix it, don't use backhanded tactics to undermine its effectiveness. Making it harder for people to use a government service hurts them. Why would you want to hurt the people who elected you to represent them.
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    Education of the populace on their healthcare choices is essential. Republicans like Markwayne hate that pesky thing called education! If Congress comes up with a passable fix or plan that won't have the populace at their doorsteps with pitchforks again, such as single payor, then advertising decisions can be made at that time.
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    Why should I pay for them to advertise to me?
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    People need to know how to access the health insurance exchanges. If they still exist after Congress decides to start letting Americans die without health insurance by repealing the ACA
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    First of all, don't advertise it at all. It's a government mandate. People know about it. You don't need to advertise it. Waste of money. But COME ON, Republicans! Just repeal the whole thing already! Don't just limit the department because you "think you might one day" - don't talk about it, BE about it!
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    Should Proctor Gamble not be allowed to advertise the current product because next year they MAY have a new product? As long as people can sign up/but the product, they can advertise the product.
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    The GOP needs to figure out how to fix something instead of repealing without replacement. PEOPLE BEFORE PARTY.
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    Yes. Makes sense since the ACA will be repealed and replaced.
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    Until Obamacare/ACA is repealed with replacement, the marketplace should be advertised so that families and individuals know where to go to get proper coverage.
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    People need to know how to access the services that are available to them. Many people need the ACA's benefits but don't understand how to access them.
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    Get rid of wasteful spending!
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    People need to know about how to access services.
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    This is evil. Healthcare is a human right, and with the concurrent attack on our environment from the GOP, it's only a matter of time before everyone gets sick. Shame on them.
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    Seriously, the abuse of Obamacare just keeps on giving. " You have to pass the bill to know what's in it" to BHO stealing from Fanny Mae and Freddy's shareholders to keep the bloated carcass from being discovered. Forcing restaurants to put useless information on their menus that does nothing for the consumer. Another damn on small business, the one size fits all healthcare writers laughing how stupid the American ppl are. To Paul Ryan shoving the exact screw job. I've had it with these pukes!
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    These ads provide important health education. The are an important alternative for people with lower levee of education.
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    Obamacare is a disaster and any advertisements in favor are pure propaganda.
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