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Health Care News: CMS May Have Overpaid for Andy Griffith Obamacare Ads

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may have dramatically overpaid for three controversial television ads touting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) during the run-up to the 2010 elections.

The health law changes the plans offered seniors, such as by increasing premiums and limiting access of seniors to the popular Medicare Advantage plans. The advertising, designed to mitigate concerns among seniors, appeared between September and October in 2010.

CMS responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from Americans for Limited Government about the spots produced by the public relations firm Porter Novelli Public Services.

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