Conservative group takes on health care in biggest ad buy yet
June 28th, 2012
11:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Conservative group takes on health care in biggest ad buy yet

(CNN) – Americans for Prosperity, an independent conservative organization is poised to launch an ad in response to the Supreme Court's health care ruling backed by its biggest ad buy to date, $8.2 million.

The spots will run in the presidential battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to two sources with the group.

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AFP readied three different ads to unveil depending on the ruling. They did not want to wait a few days to release their message. The sources said they believe any discussion of health care reform hurts President Barack Obama because of the divisive nature of the issue.

The group has consistently released spots throughout this election cycle. Previous ads have criticized the president over energy, taxes and the size of the federal deficit.

"Americans for Prosperity is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a law that most Americans believed to be unconstitutional. As a result, unless Congress steps in and repeals this legislation, health care costs for most Americans will go up and the quality of health care goes down as Washington politicians ramp up yet another massive new bureaucracy," the group said in a statement. "The Court got it wrong, and now Congress must step in."


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. A not-so-stupid former republican

    How interesting that republicans are now denouncing the conservative court they used to love.

    June 28, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. cali girl

    Well, GOP party of NO, it is now YES! How you liket hem apples?

    June 28, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    The AMERICAN PEOPLE will have the final say this November. THAT is what this rulling says. Obama and huge numbers of Democrats can kiss their office goodbye. The American people WILL reclaim this country from the leftists in the government, and on the court. We have compromised all these years, only to end up being declared government owned slaves. No more compromising with our liberty. Consider the battle joined.

    June 28, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Healthcare Reform upheld by the Supreme Court.
    Shut up and spend away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    More scare tactics from the right-wing. It's no surprise America despises them.

    June 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Gov 47th in Job Creation

    Americans (Millionaires Only) For Propserity (Ours Alone, Not Yours) are wasting their money.
    Their puppet was the model for the ACA. Thanks again, Willard.
    Today is a great day for Willard and The Heritage Foundation, those individual mandates - a symbol of personal responsibility, was upheld by the Supreme Court. Somewhere Newt and Sen. Hatch must be smiling, too. Cheers for The Heritage Foundation!

    June 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Lisa P

    This group really needs to change its name to Traitorous Tax-hating Americans for the Prosperous Few. Health care reform is a winner for everyone except the well-to-do cheats and sharks who prosper from the inefficiencies of our current caveat emptor system. Set up the exchanges already, with full disclosure and no tricks or rescissions, and let the majority of true Americans get back to the real work of rebuilding our economy and moving our country forward.

    June 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Thomas

    Americans for Prosperity, an independent conservative organization is poised to launch an ad in response to the Supreme Court's health care ruling backed by its biggest ad buy to date, $8.2 million.

    Imagen what 8.2 million dollars would do to help education or schools ?

    Americans for Prosperity is not for Prosperity for America. Prosperity for Karl Rove .

    June 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Canuck

    Americans need to get over their greed and selfishness and institute a single-payer health care system in line with the rest of the developed world.

    June 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Gov 47th in Job Creation

    November 6, 2012 - The Start of the Second American Revolution

    The AMERICAN PEOPLE will have the final say this November. THAT is what this rulling says. Obama and huge numbers of Democrats can kiss their office goodbye. The American people WILL reclaim this country from the leftists in the government, and on the court. We have compromised all these years, only to end up being declared government owned slaves. No more compromising with our liberty. Consider the battle joined.
    -------------------------------------------
    ooo. we're all trembling now. laughing AT you. Not with, AT.

    June 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. MaryM

    Romney, if elected , can NOT repeal this law all by himself. He NEEDS 60 votes is the Senate. NOT gonna happpen

    June 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If these Justices found Obamacare to be unconstitutional, they would have deemed it as such and struck it down but they didn't, they know the law and Constitution. Americans for prosperity aren't lawyers, just opportunist spreading false propaganda for Republicans.

    June 28, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. paulcat

    What the conservative group and congress need to do is work on a jobs bill for us. What about the student loan intrest rate. Stop trying to make Obama a one term president.

    June 28, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Laura, Boston MA

    Hi lefties!

    Wait until November!!! You just woke up a silent majority. I do not want to pay for someone elses misfortunes. I can barely afford my own insurance.

    June 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. jean2009

    The way I understand everyone will be buying their own health insurance.

    June 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. sassysticks53

    Hooraaay! "Obamacare" upheld! The conservatives and FAUX News are comical in their response. Wonderful victory for the American people. What a great Fourth of July this will be for me and millions of Americans. To the haters, all I can say is you win some – you lose some. We won today and we will win in November too.

    June 28, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. MaryM

    Laura, Educate yourself

    June 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. MaryM

    jean, you are correct

    June 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Prosperid

    Why don't they use the $8.2 million to buy health care for someone in need or create jobs instead of wasting it on these ads?

    June 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Stohn Jockton

    Go ahead and waste your money. It was your Supreme court who upheld the law! Ha, ha, ha! Romney will lose come November, PERIOD! All the distortion, lies, and money on earth WILL NOT allow the republican party to buy this election. Look @ the polls and the trendlines in FL, OH, IA, and VA. Wake up smart rich people, Corporate America, Wall Street, you are wasting your ill-gotten gains!

    June 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Anonymous

    What passed through Congress and was now upheld by the Supreme Court should have been called what it is, Republicare. This was the conservative Republican Party's answer to the public mandate proposed during the Clinton administration. You know so everyone would have to be responsible for their OWN health care and not rely on the government. Now that this same group are so vocal in their opposition it is obvious that what they are really saying is that people can just go die in the parking lot outside the emergency rooms all over the country because they don't care.

    June 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    "The sources said they believe any discussion of health care reform hurts President Barack Obama because of the divisive nature of the issue."

    And there you have it, the GOP strategy: Be divisive, turn neighbor against neighbor. They don't believe in the UNITED States of America; they believe in doing whatever they can to regain power, regardless of the consequences to our nation and our people.

    And for what? So they can implement the EXACT SAME POLICIES THAT CAUSED THE MESS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE CLEANING UP?

    Get real, folks. Turn off Fox, turn on your mind and vote for Obama/Biden 2012

    June 28, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @Laura, Boston MA: "Hi lefties! Wait until November!!! You just woke up a silent majority. I do not want to pay for someone elses misfortunes. I can barely afford my own insurance."

    Pretty funny coming from someone who lives in a state with Romneycare – which was used as a template for Obamacare!

    Besides that, everyone pays for the high cost of health care for the uninsured, in higher premiums, longer waits in the emergency room, higher cost for care, etc., etc., etc. Obamacare alleviates this by requiring preventive care coverage, among other things. Just think of how many fewer cases of people going to the ER for flu that's gone into pneumonia because they could get a flu shot?

    Use your noodle, woman!

    June 28, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Funny how the GOP loved the Supreme Court in 2000 when it decided to crown Georgie Bush king, but when it rules against them, suddenly they are evil ...

    June 28, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Keeping it Real

    And there you have it, the GOP strategy: Be divisive, turn neighbor against neighbor. They don't believe in the UNITED States of America; they believe in doing whatever they can to regain power, regardless of the consequences to our nation and our people.

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    Sounds more like you're talking about Democrats to me. Seriously though, I watch a bit of everything. To think one gets the entire story from CNN is ignorant. Having family members that deal with healthcare insurance has opened up my eyes to the problems with this healthcare plan. Mark my words, this will raise costs much higher for 80% of the population for minimal gains. I am not opposed to a national plan, but don't you think a national plan should stand on it's own merits? This one doesn't, especially if it removes the choice of the individual. I cannot fathom how this is constitutional.

    June 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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