UPDATE: Obamacare activists go international. The UK’s Daily Mail picks up the story and finds out that, in fact, our taxpayer dollars were used for this embarrassing stunt:
Obamacare organizers in Colorado are taking Obamacare promotion to a new low – at least in terms of their dress code.
A health insurance provider is sending 20-something activists out on the streets of Denver in their underwear to persuade young people to ‘get covered.’
And U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for the risque street performances through a federal government loan…
The Associated Press reported in July that Connect For Health Colorado, the state’s Obamacare exchange, is spending more than $21 million to promote enrollment, and that the funds are coming from federal government grants.
About $17 million of that money has gone to 58 separate Colorado organizations that are making person-to-person pitches and helping people – especially young people – sign up for Obamacare.
ColoradoHealthOP CEO Julia Hutchins confirmed that her organization was formed to sell insurance policies via the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace. But she denied that any money changes hands between the two.
‘We, as a co-op health plan, received our own federal loan money to start a health insurance company that is member-governed,’ she said.
‘And part of the plan we submitted to apply for the loan money included outreach expenses, and that promotion, the underwear thing, was part of it.’
In an attempt to get people to sign up for Obamacare exchanges one group decided it was a good idea to send nearly naked people into public to attract attention:
— Kelly Maher (@okmaher) October 3, 2013
Considering over $21 million in Colorado taxpayer dollars were spent by July on marketing Obamacare, it’s worth asking the question: Did taxpayers fund this sexualized stunt?