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              Paul Clement, second from right, a lawyer for 26 states seeking to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tossed out in its entirety, speaks to reporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the end of arguments regarding the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Behind him at left is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
              Paul Clement, second from right, a lawyer for 26 states seeking to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tossed out in its entirety, speaks to reporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the end of arguments regarding the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Behind him at left is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)   

Public relations contract to promote Affordable Care Act comes under scrutiny

The Department of Health and Human Services’ recently signed $17.6 million dollar contract with public relations firm Porter-Novelli, to tout the Affordable Care Act, is coming under congressional scrutiny.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has written a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for details on how that money will be used.

“If you’re trying to educate the public as to how to comply with a specific law, there might be a purpose in it,” Portman told Fox News. “If, on the other hand, you’re doing a PR blitz to try to sell a program during an election year, that seems to me to be more in the realm of something a political organization should be paying for rather than us as taxpayers.”

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