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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. i

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.

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.

Repeal, anyone?

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