House Republicans plan to cut $360 million in Obamacare funding in this year's budget. That's a good start, enough to slow implementation of the health care law but not stop it. But not good enough to stop the administration from spending $100 million to run an ad campaign and hire a sales team to push Obamacare to thousands of doctors. That's right. Obamacare will use a sales force (with cars and expense accounts) to convince doctors that government health guidelines are the way to go.
The home of this marketing machine is Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Its budget of nearly $1 billion a year (starting in 2014 it will be more) is scheduled to be cut by only $25 million this fiscal year. Perhaps Republicans don't know that AHRQ is the operating system for Obamacare as well as its campaign manager.
Yikes. Maybe I'll get a chance to parse this in a few days when I get some down time from work.