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Article posted: 11/10/2013 4:40 AM

FTC, cite Obama for health care 'ads'

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FTC, cite Obama for health care 'ads'

Most of the money spent by politicians is spent on advertising. It is illegal to make fraudulent or deceptive statements in any form of advertising.

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The Federal Trade Commission has a broad mandate to protect consumers from fraud and deception in the market place. The president and his crew entered the health care marketplace when they created the Affordable Care Act.

According to the FTC website and its deception policy statement, an ad is deceptive if it contains a statement or omits information that: is likely to mislead consumers and is -"material" -- that is, important to a consumer's decision to buy a product.

The president went on TV to advertise his health care scheme, which he did dozens and dozens of times, and he made what are irrefutably misleading and deceptive statements.

The FTC is bound by law to step in to protect the consumers. According to the FTC website, they look especially close at ad claims that can affect consumers health or their pocket books. What could affect consumers health and pocket books more than Obamacare? The president, and anyone who has gone on TV, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines or any form of media and made deceptive and misleading statements, like you can keep your current health plans and doctors, are in violation of the FTC's truth-in-advertising laws.

The president knew that people would not be able to keep their current health care plans and doctors. Federal law says that ads must be truthful, not misleading, and backed by scientific evidence. Could this president have made more misleading and deceptive statements on TV regarding his health care law?

Mike Simon

Glen Ellyn

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