Jul 20, 2017

HHS is using outreach funds to attack the ACA

Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP

The Department of Health and Human Services has been using its outreach budget for attacks against the Affordable Care Act, according to a report in the Daily Beast. HHS, under Secretary Tom Price, has tapped into its outreach budget to produce a series of anti-ACA videos — maybe as many as 130 of them.

Why it matters: It's unusual, to say the least, for a federal agency to spend taxpayer money undermining a program it oversees. The Trump administration has shown little interest in trying to make the health care law work, and this is another signal it's willing not just to "let" the law fail, but to actively try to weaken it.

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