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Protesters attend the, 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally' in front of the United States Courthouse on June 8 in Miami, Fla. The Affordable Care Act has drawn criticism not only for its costs, but also for a mandate that would require insurance companies of religious institutions to cover contraceptives for employees. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters attend the, 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally' in front of the United States Courthouse on June 8 in Miami, Fla. The Affordable Care Act has drawn criticism not only for its costs, but also for a mandate that would require insurance companies of religious institutions to cover contraceptives for employees.

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Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, for every $1 that President Obama's campaign has spent in support of Obamacare, his administration has spent another $65 in taxpayers' money. The Times writes that the Obama administration has spent $46 million of taxpayers' money in support of Obama's centerpiece legislation, while the Obama campaign has spent only $703,000. That's a 65-to-1 ratio of matching funds, with taxpayers doing the matching.

Highlighting the overhaul's unpopularity, $76 million has been spent in support of Obamacare over the past 3 1/2 years, while $250 million — more than three times as much — has been spent in opposition to it. But the vast majority of the $76 million that has been spent in support of Obamacare — $46 million — has been spent by the Obama administration at taxpayers' expense.

The Times writes that "the Department of Health and Human Services accounts for 60% of pro-healthcare reform spending," leaving "a mere $30 million spent over 3 1/2 years by every other pro-healthcare reform group nationwide."

But this is hardly the only example of Obama spending taxpayer money in a pro-Obamacare vein to try to boost his reelection prospects. He is also spending $8.35 billion — more than 275 times the amount that private entities have spent in support of Obamacare — on the Senior Swindle, his ploy to hide Obamacare's Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after the election.

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Repeal, anyone?