Conservative group takes on health care in biggest ad buy yet
June 28th, 2012
11:09 AM ET
6 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. annie

    My co-worker's 34 year old son with no insurance got shot and this is his 4th day in the hospital. Now who's paying for that?

    June 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Gov 47th in Job Creation

    Hi Laura!
    November can't get here soon enough!!! You're already paying for other people's helath costs anyways, the uninsured, you mean you didn't know that???? Remember not to spike the football today, oh that's right, you need to score first before you spike anything.
    Still nice to meet one of Mitt's 38% fans in the Bay State.

    Gov 47th

    June 28, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "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?"

    Because the whole point is that they really don't want those people to have health care in the first place. They are social darwinists of the highest order and believe that if you were born poor or sick or diseased, etc., you should die quick and get the frick out of the way.

    June 28, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "You just woke up a silent majority."

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Silent? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Majority? BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh man, too rich. Classic.

    June 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. MaryM

    Republicans want to stand in the way of health care that benefits republicans. hmmmm why would republicans want to hurt their own base

    June 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Roy

    Before Obama we had TAXPAYER FUNDED HEALTHCARE. Freeloaders could go to the emergency room and get care for free.

    Obamacare has a MANDATE so that freeloaders must buy insurance. This REDUCES what taxpayers must pay.

    That is why repealing Obamacare will make the Deficit bigger.

    June 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    I would like to remind all the righties posting here about gloom and doom under Obamacare that the GOP proposed the EXACT SAME THING in 1993 in response to the Clinton Administration's efforts to overhaul health care. The Heritage Foundation, which came up with this proposal, was to subsidize (using federal dollars) and facilitate the purchase of private health plans, while using the individual mandate to maximize participation.

    Don't believe me? Read this from the Washington Post: "The individual insurance mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain health coverage or pay a fine, was the brainchild of conservative economists and embraced by some of the nation’s most prominent Republicans for nearly two decades."

    If I were a GOP voter and regular watcher of Fox and listener to the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, etc., I would start to wonder what else they've been lying to me about. (Hint: Everything)

    June 28, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. beevee

    Americans for Prosperity now sounds like a sore loser and wanting to spend big to go against supreme court's ruling on health Care. The only thing that this group offers to uninformed republicans is just a dream of proseprity and nothing else while people who really get rich and support this group are elite rich GOP who are fooling the rest of us with offers of get rich dreams.

    June 28, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @annie: "My co-worker's 34 year old son with no insurance got shot and this is his 4th day in the hospital. Now who's paying for that?"

    We all are, in higher premiums and write-offs by the hospital.

    BTW, I hope the son make a swift and full recovery!

    June 28, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    @ Laura.....

    turn off Rush Limbaugh and FoxNews for a little bit and educate yourself. If the mandate was tossed out then you WOULD be paying for somebody else's insurance. Now they have to get their own if they are able to do so. Why right wingers have such an aversion to facts is beyond me.

    June 28, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. n

    Ball Spike! Sorry, could not resist as we cross the goal line.

    June 28, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Sniffit

    This is great actually. GOPers in Congress have already been backing off from full repeal prior to the SCOTUS decision. They recognized they'd be left holding the ball for the complete collapse of the ACA if the SCOTUS ruled it unconstitutional and so they were trying to write up legislation that they could pass that would enact the popular pieces of the law without the "mandate"...even tho the "mandate" is the absolute necessary lynchpin for maknig it all work economically in the first place. They wanted to look like white knights and pretend that everyone could have the steak without the brussel sprouts. '"Here, have your cake and eat it too." Just like when they tell you tax cuts for the rich will trickle-down and magically increase government revenue, they were going to try to save face by telling you that we could have a ban on coverage denial for pre-existing conditions and other popular provisions, etc., without having to mandate that everyone be covered. Sooo, I hope the Teatrolls and groups like this go completely bonkers over this now. It will create further rifts in the GOP/Teatroll party and create headaches for the GOP's establishment leadership, who recognize the political peril of actually repealing the entire ACA without having the first clue what to offer in its place.

    June 28, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Wes B.

    "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."
    What are they talking about? How is the quality going to go down? It's the same system we've worked with forever! Except now you can't just skip buying medical coverage because you don't feel like it. (Actually, you just have to pay a fine/tax).

    Americans for Prosperity if full of lies. And they definitely don't care about Americans receiving health care.

    June 28, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Q

    Adds against public health care in a state that would be filled with corpses if not for public health care, just might work...............

    June 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. ghostriter

    Doing the Icky Shake......

    June 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only thing conservatives say in the ad “lies” who care

    June 28, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Nija

    This group don['t just get it.

    June 28, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. NotFooledByDistractions

    Now that the legislation has been deemed constitutional, I would hope that our media would start accurately reporting on the contents of the bill instead of facilitating the propaganda and lies coming from the right and the outside groups. there's a lot of good in the bill, a lot that will benefit the majority of people, but they've been spoon fed a series of lies. It's time to expose the lying liars and present the truth.

    June 28, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @Roy: "Before Obama we had TAXPAYER FUNDED HEALTHCARE. Freeloaders could go to the emergency room and get care for free."

    Families with both parents working full-time jobs that don't offer health insurance, but don't make enough to buy their own, and yet choose to take their kids to the ER instead of letting them die are NOT freeloaders.

    Get off the Fox train and start characterizing things accurately!

    June 28, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    This is not the END of the battle to get rid of Obamacare. This is just the START. Come November, the American people will have the last word on this. If you thought 2010 was a bad election for Democrats, you ain't seen nothin' yet!! 2012 will be biblical.

    June 28, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Wow! big news from the independent conservative group Anti-Americans for Prosperity.

    Let me guess, they are really not independent, because they depend on the 1% for their money.
    And they are not conservative, because they are anti covervationists. Climate change is hoax, until it is proven to not be a communist conspiracy. How much do Koch Industries and John Birch Society call the shots on this group?

    June 28, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Barack Hussein Obama professor of CONSTITUTIONAL law.
    I just wanted to say that!!
    (Ball spiking GALORE!!!!).

    June 28, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. pkbkr

    This is a great day for all Americans! President Obama was able to get this law passed.....unlike other presidents back to Truman.....who were unable to do so. Now, let's get the facts straight, Republicans.....this is a GOOD thing for all of us! Just admit LOST!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    June 28, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. California

    And you people thought the Tea Party won in 2010. You haven't seen nothing yet.

    June 28, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. v_mag

    Flip Rob-money will probably now say something like, "Well, the Supremes have vindicated me! They have upheld RomneyCare! But I am appalled that they also upheld ObamaCare, which is a travesty, although it is virtually identical to RomneyCare. But, of course, they are different because I'm Mitt Romney, Mormon Bishop, and he's Barack Obama, a foreign born impostor, and blah blah blah...".

    June 28, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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