Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads on members of Congress
October 23rd, 2013
04:31 PM ET
10 months ago

Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads on members of Congress

(CNN) - Leading conservative group Americans for Prosperity says it's coming out with a series of ads applauding the members of Congress who stood against Obamacare while blasting those who supported the health care law.

AFP announced the ads in a release Wednesday promising three weeks of web, TV and radio coverage across parts of Florida, Arizona, California, and Colorado, as well as phone banks and door-to-door canvassing across the target districts.

"Legislators who have consistently stood against ObamaCare deserve to be thanked for doing the right thing, and those responsible for bringing about this debacle need to be held accountable," AFP President Tim Phillips said in the release.

"The result of ObamaCare so far has been diminished choice and higher premiums, accompanied by an astonishingly inept rollout that perfectly exemplifies the inefficiency of Big Government."

Republican Representatives Steve Southerland of Florida and Mike Coffman of Colorado are both getting laudatory ads each customized to the individual Congressman.

"Steve Southerland is fighting back, working to stop Obamacare," says the announcer in one.

"Call Congressman Mike Coffman and thank him for fighting for us and against Obamacare," says the other.

Conversely, Democratic Congressmen Scott Peters of California and Ron Barber of Arizona are being targeted with attack ads nearly identical to one another.

"Tell him Washington can do better than Obamacare," the ad urges, referring to Peters in one and Barber in the other.

AFP claims to be "the nation's largest advocate for health care freedom" and continues to urge for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The group has already spent millions targeting the law, particularly on what they see as unfair exemptions granted to members of Congress and big business.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. just asking

    to be complete accurate that line should be flat. obamacare, doa.

    October 23, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Kudos to CNN for finally (!) pushing why we here on the ticker have been so overburdened with Obamacare articles.

    October 23, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads on members of Congress"

    MSM gleefully providing anti-Obamacare groups with free broadcasting of their talking points and demagoguery.

    FIFY

    One might wonder why they bother spending the money on the advertisements when they can say ANYTHING whatsoever and have it uncritically blasted to the 4 corners of the planet by slavering anti-journalists who feed at the controversy teat.

    October 23, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey GOP teaparty garbage of America, you better move fast because all you GOP idiots are going to be kicked out of office next November !!!!!

    October 23, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Talk about the GOP party of STUPID, what are you going to do after you lose the house and senate next year and have NO power?????and obamaromney care lives on the GOP teaparty already lost 24 billon dallars of our money, keep talking about obamacare and dig your grave deeper,GOP MORONS

    October 23, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    "Americans For Prosperity", of course. They too supported the destruction of the American if not world wide economy. Benito would have been proud.

    October 23, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Hooper

    Why is it, when something that seems to be a positive for the masses, there's a bunch ready and waiting in the wings to discredit it, and those responsible. Yet the same mob, with not one hint of forethought will get behind the want and need for war, or any activity that brings about killing, hunger and destruction. Seems there's a disconnect from whats needed and what needs to be done away with.

    October 23, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    @What's Your Solution?-Please don't confuse "just asking" with big words like solutions. He has not now, or for that matter ever offered any. Just another little sniper.

    October 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    @What's Your Solution?
    "@just asking – What's your solution?"
    His solution would be for all Dems to take their rightful places as secondary citizens to which he would grant us each 1/8th of a vote. Then we will all work for 75 cents an hour paid in corporate script. We would all live in corporate houses, in corporate towns, shop at corporate stores, and our kids could go to corporate schools.
    That is the his vision of America.

    October 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    I've never seen such a klan of greedy, unfeeling people that don't want people to have healthcare.

    They've got millions to blow to inform their uneducated about the disasters of being able to go to the doctor. Yet they call themselves Christians.

    WWJD??

    October 23, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Insurance is the PROBLEM!
    Insurance WILL NOT, CAN NOT, and NEVER HAS controlled health care costs. Insurance is part of the PROBLEM! A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (which is the real problem).

    ===

    Greedy Insurance companies are the problem.

    ==

    @just asking
    to be complete accurate that line should be flat. obamacare, doa.
    =====

    You or your radical right wing tea party don't have solutions . If not so please share some new ideas if you have any.

    October 23, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "One might wonder why they bother spending the money on the advertisements when they can say ANYTHING whatsoever and have it uncritically blasted to the 4 corners of the planet by slavering anti-journalists who feed at the controversy teat."

    I agree and am at a loss as to what it is exactly that journalists accomplish for the benefit of those who they primp and preen for day after day. This new journalistic phenomenon of allowing others to say anything regardless of truth or facts started in 2000 and is getting progressively worse as each new year commences.

    October 23, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    Yeah don't help or anything. Just whine.
    "ObamaCare is bad and it is not getting to people fast enough."
    You know that sounds crazy, right?

    October 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads .

    I can't wait till the Anti Anti Obama people put out some ads.

    They anti everything except guns .

    October 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    All this coverage over problems with a website. But barely a word about the $24,000,000,000 temper tantrum. Barely a peep.

    Yep Obama does have control of the media.
    FIFY.

    October 23, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Jerry

    The people who support these ads are the same type of people who want to bring this country back to the late 19th century/early 20th century.

    October 23, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. rs

    Umm, you guys on the Right? You know more than 75% of Americans disapproved of your little government shutdown over the ACA. Put the shovels down, or you're never getting out of the ditch.

    October 23, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. rs

    just asking

    to be complete accurate that line should be flat. obamacare, doa.
    _______________________
    You mean kinda like the GOP's approval rating, right?

    October 23, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. NC

    My health insurance cost has increased every year since 2005. Insurance companies are just greedy and want to blame the costs on the ACA. Blue Cross Blue Shield has a lock on NC and are just adding up their profit on our backs. Some people that are complaining have no idea what is really happening. It is the uncontrolled insurance companies not the ACA. What's the big deal we have to have insurance for our vehicles, insurance for our homes when we still owe for them. Can't have your cake and eat it too republicans.

    October 23, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. smith

    Oh no, here we go. Crazy angry liberals on the left and mad as crap conservatives on the right. Everybody else in the middle take some steps back and let them have it out. One day both will become obsolete and sanity will come back to politics.

    October 23, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that CNN has went overboard in their effort to appear 'fair' and unbiased (in hopes that this will somehow stop the rwnj's from calling them the liberal media.... like that is going to happen). Nothing but negative stories and sensationalism over some stupid CPU glitch caused by lazy and incompetant government contractors (i.e. one of those private enterprises which are infallible in the eyes of the right). This, of course, has led to the mindless righties on here to all the sudden swing from 'Obamacare is bad, get rid of it', to handwringing worry about how some people may not be able to sign up fot it. The same folks who pretended 'Brownie' was doing a heck of a job, now want Sebelius fired. (@! Donna-- Seriously though... what subordinate in this country keeps their job after personally slathering egg all over the face of their boss?).
    And lets have some more hearings... Yeah, like the Fast and Furious ones (which discovered nothing), or the Benghazi ones (which discovered nothing) or the IRS ones (which discovered nothing).
    You righties need to either A.) Quit whining about wasteful government spending, or B.) Start cleaning the House of the wasteful goverment spenders.
    And CNN, you will ALWAYS be the liberal media to the right if you even print only one honest story a year pointing out this continuous and neverending hypocracy from the right. So stop trying to please them... that is an impossble endeavor as they will never be satisfied. Never.

    October 23, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    I guess I'm zapped again. Figures.

    October 23, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Bill

    More idiocy that will do nothing but waste their donor's money. These nuts are obsessed. No worry, it will be at least a dozen years before a Republican occupies the White House. Didn't Karl Rove's band of happy wingnuts spend about 300 million dollars in the last election cycle? And what do they have to show for it? A 1% success rate for candidates they supported, a loss of two senate seats, and the loss of the presidency. Keep up the good work!

    October 23, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    How can it be called Americans for prosperity from this GOP teaparty group cost our economy 24 billon dallars in two weeks and after the GOP tanked the economy under BUSH, the GOP teaparty, the garbage of America!!!!!!

    October 23, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. nintex

    My understanding is that part of the rollout problem was that the system was unable to handle so many calls and contacts of people trying to sign up for health coverage. This seems to go against Ted Cruz's statements that "Obamacare" is hated by the American people and doing so much harm to everyone that the country will go to blazes just thinking about coverage for all Americans. If "Obamacare" is so bad and so hated by everyone, there wouldn't be even one phone call or one person trying to get through to sign up. Huh, Ted?

    October 23, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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