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

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. S. B. Stein

    The problem I have is that I haven't heard or seen a replacement that the GOP/teapublicans are offering since they want to repeal and replace Obamacare. Short of there being a single payer system, what do these people offer? If they think that rationing would happen under Obamacare, then they haven't been paying attention. Medical insurance tell us what we can and can't have done. This is done in the policy in terms of the policy cost and what they will and won't pay for.

    July 7, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. boungiorno

    the kickback to OBAMACARE!!!! LET ME C HOW ABOUT DECIET?

    July 7, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Seth A Drekin

    Can't wait to see when the 25 States that have opted in to the healthcare exchanges have 99% insured like Massachusettes and the 25 Republican Goveners who opted out are Dragged out of office by mobs of people who can't afford health insurence.

    July 7, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    It is incorrect to blame obamacare (PPACA please) per se for the current increase in health care premiums. The cause was the past insurers way of holding medical claims down by a) no cover for pre existing condition b) no cover for your college kids c) co-pays that bring tears to your eyes d) caps on the amount to be paid out whatever your illness(es) and e) the need for huge premiums to docs and hospitals against negligent care claims where penal damages can be awarded.
    If you want PPACA amended to allow insurers not to give complete and meaningful coverage available to everyone and for all over the age of 18 to have a medical insurance, and not able to opt out just because I'm young and healthy and don't need it..... they still get treatment via ER's ( more costly than necessary) but hospitals have to pick up the bill QED charge higher doctor rates and fees to cover the costs of such care on to the other patients/ insurers.
    @ army vet ... frankly the single payer system is awesome!! Compared with PPACA.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 8, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  5. just me

    Lol, they fought social security for years after that became law. How did that work out for ya, repubs? Try again when you have something besides " repeal and pray for a mirical".

    July 8, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  6. Name

    The rich that are the people that control this country will never let anything that can help the poor.and they knows how easy is to brainwash us.obamacare is a program that will help us if we give it a chance that is the reason that they do not want it.Why you cant see it.they dont need we do.they dont care about us we dont mean anything to them.woke up.

    July 8, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  7. Minnie Mouse

    This new healthcare system is not workable. No one will ever know who has insurance and who does not. No one will be trust worthy to collect the fees. The families in the middle class will not be able to afford the high insurance monthly premiums.

    Everyone does need healthcare but the costs are not attainable for everyone. With that said, everyone should be on either medicare or medicade to make this a fair system because no one wants to regulate the healthcare industry.

    At least with this way, you would be able to raise everyone taxes to pay for it and no one would be getting anything for free. We would all be paying in and it would be lower than the high monthly premiums charged to us all by the insurance providers.

    July 8, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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