Another Blimp Story

(Washington, D.C.)—Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today criticized the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for spending $600,000 on a blimp to fly at sporting events. The blimp is part of a $30 million ad campaign to make Medicare better known to seniors. It will tour the country in the coming weeks, appearing at football games and other events. The blimp reads “1-800-Medicare,” a hotline the public can call with questions about benefits.

“The notion of advertising an entitlement program is strange to begin with,” CAGW President Tom Schatz said. “It is like advertising the air that we breathe. That $600,000 would be better spent hunting down the $13 billion of waste, fraud, and abuse that plagues the current Medicare system.”

“A blimp and a hotline will do nothing to solve the maze of confusion surrounding the Medicare program,” Schatz continued. “Medicare is in trouble and the last thing taxpayers need is more hot air.”

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