Heller's drug message

In a Senate floor speech, Sen. Dean Heller expressed his disdain for “Hollywood celebrities” being recruited to promote the new health care law, denouncing them as akin to the actors and athletes who once endangered the public by promoting tobacco products.

“Today, Hollywood and some athletes are being used to peddle the Affordable Care Act, perhaps to make up for past sins,” Heller said in a Senate speech.

Performers like Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Cera, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler and Oprah Winfrey have been approached by the Obama administration for help in promoting the U.S. health care program.

An approach was also made to Major League Baseball and the National Football League, but they ran for cover after threats from Republican leaders.