Conservative group takes aim at Obamacare in ad campaign
July 7th, 2013
01:56 PM ET
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Conservative group takes aim at Obamacare in ad campaign

(CNN) - The conservative group Americans for Prosperity will launch a major ad campaign this week hitting Obamacare, a spokesman has confirmed to CNN.

The campaign is expected to eventually total $1 million and run nationally, with an initial rollout of $700,000 worth of television and online ads that will air in Virginia and Ohio beginning Tuesday.

The 30-second ad titled "Questions" begins with Julie, a mother of two, who says, "Two years ago, my son Caleb began having seizures. The medical care he received meant the world to me. Now, I'm paying more attention and I have some questions about Obamacare."

"If we can't pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need? And what am I getting in exchange for higher premiums and a smaller paycheck? Can I really trust the folks in Washington with my family's health care? I think we all deserve some answers," she says in the spot.

"The American people have serious questions and concerns about the negative impact of ObamaCare," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. "They're waking up to higher premiums and fewer choices, but are being told by groups like Organizing for Action that everything is just fine. We feel it's important to provide education on the true consequences of government intrusion into the private healthcare decisions of families, and provide a counter to disinformation that's out there."

As part of this initiative, the group is also planning events hosted by state chapters around the country criticizing Obamacare.

Organizing for Action, the grass-roots group pushing some of the president's priorities and being run by some of his former campaign officials, is mounting its own efforts at building public support for Obamacare and encouraging people to sign up for insurance.

The AFP buy comes after Tuesday's announcement by the Treasury Department that a key provision in President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law will be delayed by one year. The delay relates to the requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines, and follows concerns from small businesses about the complexity of the law's reporting requirements.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2013 • Healthcare • Organizing for Action
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    More conservative LIES. The world will be a better place when diseased conservative ideology and all its rabid supporters are eradicated.

    July 7, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. PaulCat

    Conservative groups need to take aim at JOBS!
    This Obamacare is getting to be old news.

    July 7, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Right wingnut media has been attacking the ACA in television commercials since it passed. Big insurance has spent billions to prevent any changes in their deceptive practices.

    July 7, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Ron L

    Here is what the Americans for Prosperity should be focusing on: why are healthcare service prices not listed just like every other service in America. OR why is the pricing of many services in one hospital 100% higher than the same service in a hospital only a few hundred miles away. Many of the questions here are bogus because many existing healthcare plans require your doctor to be part of network. Also it is an outright lie that the people in Washington will have anything more than negligible effect on an individual in the plan. This attack on Obamacare is sort of like working on the symptoms and not attacking the disease. LETS FOCUS ON GETTING THE COSTS DOWN and the rest will take care of itself.

    July 7, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Gary

    Tennesee and Ohio. Will it be animated?

    July 7, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Keep beating that dead horse, GOP. Just like in the House, repubs still trying to repeal the ACA for the 39th time. Not one jobs bill from the House that would Actually create jobs.
    GOP, you dont get it. Americans are on to you. Just like in Texas and all the other red states trying to deny women their Constitutional rights. Yep, the GOP War on Women continues.

    July 7, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Mark - Atlanta

    We don't need Obamacare, because the private health insurance companies are doing such a FINE job serving the American public! None of this would be an issue if the private health insurance companies didn't worship at the alter of profit without regard to the welfare of the people. Obamacare is the consequence of thier greed and neglect!

    July 7, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    GOP made ACA an issue in did not work. If government issued insurance is good enough for our elected officials then it is good enough for me.

    July 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. mightyduk

    All GOP sorts care about in the large contributions from health care provides and not the health of the American people.

    July 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. rs

    The GOP just feels that we can't have the middle class (or worse, the poor!) getting the same medical care as their beloved rich.

    July 7, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Former GOP

    .They have head like rock.............

    July 7, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Lisa P.

    I guess "Julie" really hasn't been paying attention if she didn't realize that her son's seizures would have automatically disqualified him from receiving *any* individual plan private sector health care insurance ever, for the rest of his life, before Obamacare came along. Her son's future is now measurably brighter and all she can do is complain. Typical.

    As for AFP, I hope they continue to flush millions down the drain on pointless media campaigns. All Americans deserve to know whose side AFP is on.

    July 7, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Txpharm

    Obamacare is coming apart at the seams. Big surprise. They had to delay the employer mandate to Prevent unemployment from going up, millions cut to 29 hours, between 8 million and 20 million du led into exchanges.
    This means employers won't report on employee status. HHS is just going to let people sign up for subsidies without verifying anything. Billions in taxpayer money given away based on the "honor system." That shows the extent of De ocrats' desperation to avoidThe Mother of All Shellackings in 2014. By this time next year Obama will be in a Chinese Fire Drill trying to spin this and keep his party from running for the hills to save their own political necks.

    July 7, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. army vet

    if obamacare is just so awsum then why is it three years in and not fully in place yet? this isnt even what you libs wanted. you want single payer. this is not single payer. this is a transitional system designed to make healthcare so bad that people will then go for single payer. in the meantime people suffer. especially the middle class.

    July 7, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. ironman59

    Thet just never quit.

    July 7, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Sheila

    this has been a fore see able train wreck, for a long time. every state cannot conform to every other state's standards – That health care thing is a loser. It should not be a "one size fits all" type of plan. This should be left up to the States, period. Let them do whatever or however they (each state) see's fit for their own.

    July 7, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. jboh

    Maybe the TEA/GOP should be looking at the fact that health insurance premiums have risen by the smallest amount since Reagan made us all "smarter" healthcare consumers. Once TEA/GOP corporate medicine puppet-masters went to for profit healthcare, costs sky-rocketed. All the anti-ACA politics is about lies. "Death panels", "Govt take-over", all lies. If you think you can choose your doctor, you must not have insurance, because insurance corps. have been saying who you can choose for many years. Pre-existing conditions has become nothing more than a means to chain people to their current jobs.

    July 7, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Sheila

    Virginia AND Ohio ?? LOL – – well, I'm thinking the reason ohio is in contention, is because it's a swing state.

    July 7, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Michael Benjamin

    The Republicans had ample opportunity to participate in the health care debate and subsequent legislation. They chose not to. It was all about politics just as it is now. These people don't care a whit about your health care, they're simply trying to politicize the situation. It doesn't matter in the long run. Republicans soon will be relegated to the sidelines due to the demographic shifts occurring in the electorate. Their only hope is more wacky decisions from the Supreme Court limiting fair and free elections. That will also change over time though it may take longer to rid ourselves of radical conservative thinking on the court.

    July 7, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Angela

    It's the law and it is not going to be repealed. The GOP's time would be better spent working to make it better.

    July 7, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    To the GOP. Keep on attacking Obamacare, women's right to choose, minorities, gays, gun control and just about every other issue that concern Americans. Your party has imploded and your "leaders" are too stupid, greedy and out of touch to realize you are done. Good riddance to BAD GARBAGE!

    July 7, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. sonkarlay

    We know they going to do that because they don't have anything to offers or help the american ppl, shame on those goofs

    July 7, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Sounds like the GOP wants to continue to fleece the people .

    Who are the ones who take a lose , big pharma , big insurance ?

    July 7, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. jb1111

    Obamacare is RUINING the Economy!!

    Why would any Employer hire anyone for more than 29 HOURS ??!!!

    July 7, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. g

    the profits before people are in town

    July 7, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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