Rubio accuses Sebelius of ‘misappropriating public funds’ with Obamacare ads

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is railing against what he calls the Obama administration’s “blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law.”

In a letter sent to Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker called on the department to cancel a planned $8.7 million advertising campaign promote President Obama’s health care law using taxpayer dollars.

“This blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law is extremely concerning, especially considering the extensive unknowns surrounding the coming launch and implementation of Obamacare,” Rubio said.

“Until critical questions can be answered regarding the availability and type of health insurance to be provided by Obamacare, it is unconscionable to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and advertise Obamacare plans that have yet to be finalized,” Rubio added.

According to Rubio’s statement, the ads are being run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency.

“While the Administration should be abandoning this disastrous law, instead it is imprudently and blindly promoting poor policies that will harm Americans and American businesses, and misappropriating public funds in an effort to sell bad ideas to good people,” he said.

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