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Mailing of brochure touting healthcare law irks GOP lawmakers, who ask GAO to investigate

Washington Post, May 27, 2010

The federal government spent millions of dollars mailing a brochure to 40.2 million Medicare beneficiaries describing how the recent healthcare overhaul "will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality healthcare." The Obama administration said the mailing is an effort to inform the public about the effects of the legislation. But Republican lawmakers call it misleading propaganda and an illegal use of taxpayer funds. Senior Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee have asked the Government Accountability Office to assess the issue, the Washington Post reports.