GOP Doctors Caucus member Rep. John Boozman (R-AK) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. All the members of the caucus said they oppose the health care reform legislation, calling it dishonest and bad for doctors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A U.S. senator is criticizing a decision to spend more than $24 million to market the new federal health care system in Arkansas.
Sen. John Boozman says that with the national debt at $17 trillion, the American people cannot afford what he called an "Obamacare ad blitz."
The Associated Press reported Thursday that $24 million will be spent on marketing in Arkansas - marking the second-highest amount per resident in the nation, behind West Virginia. Some of the money will be spent to train workers on how to sign up residents in an insurance marketplace being set up. Other money will by advertising.
Nationwide, $684 million will be spent on marketing.
West Virginia is spending $9.23 per resident on marketing efforts; Arkansas' tab is $8.28 per resident.
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