U.S. Rep. David Jolly asked the House Committee on Appropriations today to consider taking funding from programs supporting the Affordable Care Act and redirect the money to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The funds, slated for the 2015 fiscal year, would come from advertising and marketing the ACA. Jolly wants the money used for outreach programs identifying veterans who have earned, but not received, federal benefits.
In a letter to Rep. Hal Rogers, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, Jolly writes:
“We have veterans who have rightfully earned benefits in service to our nation but have fallen through the cracks of bureaucracy. We should do more to reach these heroes who are eligible for benefits.”
Jolly believes the millions of dollars used by the Department of Health & Human Services to educate people of a possible fine for not having health insurance would be better used in “finding American heroes” to provide them with services from a “grateful nation.”
Citing the nearly $700 million spent on outreach and marketing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Jolly estimates that in 2014, $52 million has already been spent on “paid media,” including $4.4 million during the recent Winter Olympics.