Obama Administration Spends $20 Million Dollars to Hire PR Firm Porter Novelli to “Sugar Coat” Obamacare. Who is Bill Novelli?

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Porter Novellli, the PR firm has/had ties to AARP.

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From Big Government:

OBAMA ADM. SPENDS $20 MILLION ON A PR FIRM TO SELL OBAMACARE

By Wynton Hall

May 22, 2012

The Obama Administration has signed a $20 million contract with top public relations firm Porter Novelli to sell citizens on the “benefits” of the unpopular Obamacare law.

As Sen. Jim DeMint’s office points out, however, the new $20 million taxpayer-funded Obamacare PR blitz is just a drop in the bucket of the total government expenditures to promote government policies.

According to a recent Congressional Research Service Report, government agencies have “spent more than $900 million on contracts for advertising services in FY 2010, a figure that does not include all agency expenditures.”

During last year’s Super Bowl, President Obama’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services dropped $3.1 million on a misleading ad campaign with Andy Griffith to boost Medicare enrollments among seniors.

In 2009, the Obama Administration also spent $26 million in stimulus money to hire Ogilvy Public Relations to set up a “publicity center.”

The $900 million figure advertising figure does not include “in-house” work by a governmental agency’s internal communications staff. For this reason, the Congressional Research Service says it is “unclear how much the executive branch, let alone the federal government as a whole, spends on communications each year.”

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Porter Novelli is tied to AARP:

About William (Bill) D. Novelli: Sourced from Center for American Progress “Event” link


Medicare policy has risen to the top of the congressional agenda this year. Health care reform is gaining support in Washington, D.C. and in many places around the country. Given the size of Medicare, changes made in that program can not only affect beneficiaries but also have a very large impact on health care policy across the board. Key elements in getting Medicare right include eliminating the overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans and reforming Medicare fee-for-service.

Following the welcome and introduction from Cassandra Butts, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP will give remarks regarding Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare fee-for-service. The discussion will close with questions from the audience.

Keynote address by: 
William D. Novelli, CEO of AARP

Introductory remarks by: 
Cassandra Q. Butts, SVP for Domestic Policy, Center for American Progress

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About William (Bill) D. Novelli: Sourced from Center for American Progress “Event” link

Biographies

William D. Novelli is CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 38 million people age 50 and older, half of whom remain actively employed. AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age.

Prior to joining AARP, Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies’ marketing and sales practices to children, and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CARE, the world’s largest private relief and development organization and co-founder and president of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations agencies and part of the Omnicom Group, an international marketing communications corporation.

Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving, and other programs in the United States and the developing world.

Source: Center for American Progress

**From event titled Getting Medicare Right**

July 11, 2007

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Related Link:

Is AARP Innocent? Have They Found Loopholes? Or Are They “Buds” with the White House?

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Reiterated from above: *Emphasis added for focal point*

Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving, and other programs in the United States and the developing world.

William D. Novelli is CEO of AARP.

William Novelli is co-founder and president of Porter Novelli.

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Bill Novelli is tied to Andy Stern of SEIU as co-producers of “United We Fail” Campaign

From the Divided We Fail website:

Andy Stern, Bill Novelli, John Castellani, Mike Cuthbert

“AARP, Business Roundtable and Service Employees Union (SEIU) launched Divided We Fail to engage the American people, businesses, non-profit organizations, and elected officials in finding bi-partisan solutions to ensure affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security – for all of us.

The need for health and financial security is something we all share, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. It is the promise of America.”

Andy Stern, president of SEIU, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, and John Castellani, president of Business Roundtable, joined Mike Cuthbert, host of Prime Time Radio (all pictured here) for a discussion of these issues.

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President Obama and AARP CEO Bill Novelli on entitlements

February 25, 2009<<<Note date

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Bob Guzzardi: AARP Insurance

A very, very Profitable $1.3 BILLION NonProfit: AARP and its salespeople – nonpartisan advocate or insurance agent? Follow the Money in this Liberal Bait and Switch

Millionaire Democrat Morgan Freeman and Millionairess Democrat Jamie Lee Curtissell AARP Insurance for Multi-billion dollar profitable nonprofit AARP, formerly American Association of Retired People, presenting itself as nonpartisan, advocate for seniors and retired people – you know, “the old, the sick and the infirm”. In fact, it is hugely profitable insurance company.

Some might think that AARP advocates for the interest of seniors; others may think this is “Bait and Switch”. AARP is a very profitable insurance company pretending to be “ do- gooder “, benefitting seniors and retired people and like so many Liberals, AARP is getting rich from big government. Most conventional “for profit “ insurance companies don’t hide that they are insurance companies

Today, AARP is a large, complex and sophisticated enterprise with over $2.2 billion in total assets and generated over $1.4 billion in revenue in 2009.” AARP’s Budget and Revenues By any measure, AARP is a large enterprise. More than ten years ago, AARP paid approximately $206 million for its headquarters in Washington, DC.25 In 2009, the parent organization, AARP, Inc., alone spent over $3.4 million in legal fees, over $713,000 in accounting fees, and over $218 million compensating its officers, directors, and employees.”

WaPo March 31st 2010

 [The US government ] released a report that estimates the seniors lobby could make an additional $1 billion over 10 years on health insurance plans whose sales are expected to pick up under the new law. They also questioned seven-figure compensation for some AARP executives.

The report was also critical of AARP’s executive compensation and travel policies. In 2009, then-CEO William Novelli received $1,647,419 in total compensation, including $350,000 in severance.”

Ways and Means report:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/AARP_REPORT_FINAL_PDF_3_29_11.pdf

Charts: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/AARP_Charts.pdf

AARP response: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/info-03-2011/website_overview.html including AARP’s President’s Lee Hammond’s video response.

But what Americans don’t know is… that the AARP brand dominates the private Medicare insurance market.” American Spectator David Catron March 30, 2011 The American Association for Retiree Plunder

“For those of us who toil in the vineyards of health care finance it has long been obvious that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is, for all intents and purposes, an insurance company disguised as an advocacy group. Thus, it was something of surprise when AARP announced its support for ObamaCare in the fall of 2009. Why would a financial conglomerate so dependent on insurance-related revenue endorse a bill that promised to wreck the health insurance industry? Then, the penny dropped. One of the ways the Democrats proposed to “pay” for their health care law was by cutting the Medicare Advantage (MA) program by $200 billion. This would inevitably drive many carriers out of the MA market and herd millions of seniors back to the more expensive coverage of traditional Medicare.

How would that benefit AARP? Traditional Medicare imposes much higher deductibles and co-pays on its beneficiaries than does MA, and the vast majority of AARP’s revenue derives from sales of “Medigap” policies that purport to cover those out-of-pocket expenses. In other words, the AARP endorsed a law that does real financial harm to seniors in order to reap a crop of new customers when ObamaCare guts Medicare Advantage. And it gets worse: Most of the victims of this cynical strategy will be low-income and minority seniors. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), nearly 60% of MA beneficiaries have annual incomes of $10,000 to $30,000. Moreover, nearly 30% of Medicare Advantage enrollees are minorities, compared to about 20% for traditional Medicare.

AARP received “an $18 million grant in the economic stimulus package for a job training program that has not created any jobs. ” More to the point, the Democrats granted AARP a long list of special dispensations from the most onerous features of ObamaCare. As Chris Jacobs of the Republican Policy Committee has noted, AARP received exemptions from the prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions and the $500,000 cap on executive compensation for insurance industry executives.

Jacobs also points out that the Democrats exempted AARP from the tax they imposed on insurance companies in general, “even though according to its own financial statements AARP generated more money from insurance industry ‘royalty fees’ than it received from membership dues, grant revenues, and private contributions combined.”

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Porter picked by HHS to conduct $20m campaign

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has selected Porter Novelli to launch a national multimedia education campaign mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The contract is worth $20 million. The organization selected the firm after an RFP process that included Weber Shandwick and Fleishman-Hillard.

“The campaign will inform the American people about the many preventive benefits now available to those with Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” a representative from the Department of Health & Human Services said. …

More here…….

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Questions:

1.  WHO is paying the $20 MILLION dollars?  Should the Obama campaign pay for it since it basically is continuing to push his top agenda? Why should the American taxpayer pick up this tab?  Will more money be borrowed to pay for this?

2.  Was the selection of Porter Novelli really a fair selection under the RFP?  Ties to Obama; Bill Novelli was representing AARP on Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Summit on the road to sustainability through health care reform.

3.  Does Obama think that by utilizing a “sugar coating on this Obamacare medicine” that American’s might accept it more favorably?  Currently over 60% of Americans DO NOT want Obamacare.

 Remember William (Bill) D. Novelli advocates social change.

Prior to joining AARP, Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies’ marketing and sales practices to children, and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board.

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From Georgetown University website:

Bill Novelli is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He teaches in the MBA program and has created and leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the School. He also is Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national organization dedicated to reforming advanced illness care by empowering consumers, changing the health care delivery system, improving public policies and enhancing provider capacity. From 2001 to 2009, he was CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people 50 and older. During his tenure, AARP achieved important policy successes at national and state levels in health, financial security, good government and other areas. It also doubled its budget, added five million new members and expanded internationally.

Prior to AARP, Mr. Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies’ marketing and sales practices to children and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CARE, the world’s largest private relief and development organization. He was responsible for all operations in the U.S. and abroad. CARE helps impoverished people in Africa, Asia and Latin America through programs in health, agriculture, environmental protection and small business support. CARE also provides emergency relief to people in need.

Earlier, Mr. Novelli co-founded and was President of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations agencies and part of the Omnicom Group, an international marketing communications corporation. He directed numerous corporate accounts as well as the management and development of the firm. Porter Novelli was founded to apply marketing to social and health issues, and grew into an international marketing/public relations agency with corporate, not-for-profit and government clients. He retired from the firm in 1990 to pursue a second career in public service. He was named one of the 100 most influential public relations professionals of the 20th century by the industry’s leading publication.

Mr. Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change, and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving and other programs in the U.S. and the developing world.

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For Seniors wanting a different option than ARRP:

American Seniors.org

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American Seniors Association Criticizes Medicare Advantage
Deception Engineered by Obama

  Obama to eliminate popular free-market competition Medicare Advantage, but doesn’t want America’s seniors to know until after November election.

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