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The Obama administration has plenty of public money on hand to sell the castor oil that is ObamaCare. Trouble is, it isn't having much luck convincing Americans to gag it down.

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal a taxpayer-funded multimedia campaign -- up to $200 million -- to advance ObamaCare along with other Health and Human Services initiatives. Must be part of President Barack Obama's ingenious plan to reduce the federal deficit by spending more money.

And obviously, using Andy Griffith as a pitchman in three Medicare TV ads (total cost, $3 million) didn't do the trick.

There is nothing remotely "educational" about advertising designed to force "behavioral changes on Americans," says Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "This Big Brother campaign is most certainly underhanded, potentially unlawful, and it must be stopped."

It's also a multimillion-dollar waste. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll shows support for President Obama's health care overhaul is at its lowest level (35 percent) since passage, with opposition at 45 percent. Among seniors, support has dipped below 30 percent for the first time in AP-GfK polling.

For congressional budget cutters, ObamaCare's ad nauseam campaign is low-hanging fruit that's rotten to the core.

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