Conservative group slams Obamacare with new ads
December 26th, 2013
11:19 AM ET
7 months ago

Conservative group slams Obamacare with new ads

(CNN) - The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is closing out the year with a pair of new ads targeting Democratic members of the House who voted for Obamacare.

Over $600,000 will be spent on spots airing in the districts of Richard Nolan of Minnesota and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, according to AFP. The new spots put AFP’s total Obamacare TV ad-spending for 2013 at roughly $16 million, money that comes in part from the billionaire Koch brothers.

Conservative group continues to pile money into anti-Obamacare ads

Obamacare is “the lie of the year,” the narrator declares in the ad targeting Nolan. Implicit in that statement is President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance and doctor, no matter what.

The White House has in recent months walked back from that promise after it became clear that many Americans would lose their existing insurance because it didn’t meet the minimum standards of coverage under the health care law.

“140,000 Minnesotans have already lost their coverage,” the ad says, featuring the story of a man who says he’s suffered three heart attacks in the last six years and lost his insurance due to the coverage requirements mandated under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

“Congressman Nolan, Obamacare needs to be repealed,” the man declares.

Nolan ousted then-GOP incumbent Chip Cravaack in the 2012 election.

Kuster also beat an incumbent in 2012, ousting Republican Charlie Bass.

“Health care isn’t about politics, it’s about people,” says a woman featured in the ad targeting Kuster.

“Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work,” she says.

With the 2014 midterms around the corner, AFP is launching the ads the day after Christmas to show the group’s continued resolve to keep going after the health care law, according to a statement from the organization.


Filed under: 2014 • Health care • Obamacare
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  1. Tampa Tim

    Over 3 million in three months would disagree with the Kochs who have now spent a billion dollars to encourage people to break the law. I would encourage everyone to avoid Koch owned gas stations. Why do RWNJs get enjoyment from watching people suffer?

    December 26, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    “Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work,”
    -----------------------------------------
    Tell that to people with pre-existing conditions who are now being covered. Tell that to seniors who are saving hundreds on prescription drugs. The fascists Koch Brothers are at it again trying to scare people about the PPACA. How about they tell us an alternative to the PPACA besides for repeal.

    December 26, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Oh, hey. No problem Republicans. The Koch's will no doubt cover your health insurance once you sign up for their company store amenities (provided of course by the Koch's empire). Oh, yes. Don't forget to sign up for their company housing too. Once all the accounting has been tabulated monthly, no doubt you all will enjoy owing the Koch's more than you are receiving. And, yes. There is historical precedence to the benefits of a one company owns all significance.

    December 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. rs

    To all you Righties so grossly offended by the President's lie- please explain the GOP falsehoods explained within these ads. They are virtually fact-free! If it weren't for the lies, the GOP would have nothing to say.

    December 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    waste of money going down the toilet!

    repeating GOP-Tea Potty mantra "Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work" just not gonna CUT IT!!!

    Where is the gop plan?! None, nada, zero, zilch....it's all about winning the next election while DOING NOTHING for the American people!!!!

    December 26, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work,” she says.
    --------------------------------
    Republicans have tried very hard to make that claim a reality. Their ad claims that "you deserve better", but for more than four years now, the Republicans have yet to tell you what it is that they would do. The misleading talk about "buying across state lines" is nothing more than cannon fodder for the shallow thinker.

    They want you to think that buying health care is like buying a loaf of bread, or a gallon of milk. It's not. The price of your health insurance is based upon your own set of circumstances: i.e.; your age. You will be the same age whether you buy insurance in Arkansas or California.

    Besides, "buying across state lines" will literally mean going across state lines if the laws governing interstate purchases are not changed. If sit in NYC and order something from Texas, guess to which state I would have to pay any applicable sales taxes. I would have to pay NY taxes because I made the purchase in NY, not Texas.

    December 26, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. king

    repubs you dont need to spend no more money on convincing the american people which you have dummed down to the bear knuckles to vote for you. you guys will do better than you did in 2010 in this election, just for sabataging, and obstructing over the past 5 years. i suggest you guys stop sucking out the economy's money to give to the rich and expect the rich to invest back here when there is no money left, because they will be taking it to greener pasture over in china, to modernize their economy and build up their war machines. you guys just see money. and taking away all the american safety nets is the only way to go. i wonder what will you guys say when this world will be only one economy, and the middle class in America will be forced to compete with Chinese wages, who incidently have 4 more times the spenders we have. the american people will surely deserve the roth you guys are about to bring down on this country, because their will not be another president that put the american people first like we have now, for many years to come. all the repubs will do is dragged the american people and then tell them that it is good for them. and the american people are so stupid that they will believe it.

    December 26, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    What's their answer? There is a case in a southwest Missouri court in which a patient refused to pay the portion of his hospital bill that included unpaid deadbeat's bills shoved onto his. The trial court found against him but the appealete court agreed there is a valid question and ordered a retrial. If the courts rule hospitals can't shove unpaid bills into what insurance companies and responsible patients pay, it will be a game changer. No more going to the emergency room and getting care and then walking away, sometimes owing hundreds of thousands or millions. Hospitals will simply throw deadbeats out and let them die in the street, like they did before Saint Reagan got the law passed forcing hospitals to take all comers, deadbeats and all. The U.S. Healthcare system is broken and has been broken for a very long time. The "conservatives" have no answer except to let people die in the streets. Maybe that is their real plan.

    December 26, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Sheila

    well, I'm glad the republicans are doing this .....this will mean a total republican congress, next November. Obama's hands will be tied till he gets run out, by the next person. (anybody is better than who we've got in the current w.h.)

    December 26, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. jinx9to88

    A lot of money spent for "nothing". The add should read "tell our GOP congressman in the House to get to work". Worst Congress in history, yep thats something to be proud of".

    December 26, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    ObamaCare doesn't work...so why is the Koch Brothers not offering free healthcare to ALL their emplyees? Last time I checked, they are offering minimum wages due to right to work state laws championed by the Koch Brothers and offering zero to nothing in Healthcare benefits to their employees...bassically, offloading all their employees back into the govt dole to make higher profits.

    Koch Brothers are first cousins to WALMART...in ripping off the govt with minimum wages...yet they dont offer healthcare benefits to the employees!!!!

    December 26, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Marie MD

    These fools just don't give up. The ACA is law. Thousands have signed up. The teaklans and the wealthy I Spruance companies can no longer deny Americans health insurance.
    Tell me again why this is wrong?
    The 2010 teaklan mantra should have been LIES, LIES, LIES and shutting down the government instead of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!

    December 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "the story of a man who says he’s suffered three heart attacks in the last six years and lost his insurance due to the coverage requirements mandated under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare."

    And will CNN follow up with this man to find out what he was able to replace it with, how much it cost, whether he used the exchange or just fell into his insurer's "roll-over" trap, whether he is eligible for a subsidy etc.? Nope. That would be journalism. And will CNN continue to pretend that the ACA is "better known as Obamacare," when polls/surveys and even Jimmy Kimmel street corner interviews have proven that the idiot Amurikan public thinks they are, in fact, two different things? Yep. Why inform people when it would lose you viewers and clicks?

    December 26, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Bottom Line: the ACA is a threat to the social Darwinism that the GOP/Teatrolls believe should rule our policies. These people are "supposed to die" in the GOP/Teatroll world view.

    December 26, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. T

    ..............and the GOP REPLACEMENT PLAN is.........................................

    December 26, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "Hospitals will simply throw deadbeats out and let them die in the street, "

    Sigh. Go read up on EMTAALA. Your social Darwinist fantasies are patently ridiculous and misinformed.

    Moreover, guess what would happen if your little court case delusion played out the way you want. Guess. That's right, all hospitals would go out of business unless the gov't stepped in and funded them. Given your obvious Teatroll proclivities, I'm going to guess that you don't want that.

    December 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. rla

    The Koch's had nothing to do with this law that saddles people with huge deductibles and co-pays while setting up a situation where there are not enough doctors who will take all these new patients... The only ones impacted are the millions who had insurance and lost it and were forced in the most political way to go to the exchanges.... The progressives should hang their heads in shame but they will not because they really think they are rulers not servants of the people... How is this economy working out for everyone????

    December 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Kochs own Conoco, Union 76, Union, and Chevron gas stations.

    December 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Thomas

    Wal-Mart exploits employee charity to help Ted Cruz and John Boehner
    " Retail giant and other top corporations “reap worker political donations through charities , major companies, “forbidden to give money directly to political action committees, are taking advantage of controversial federal rules allowing them to ask employees to do it for them in exchange for matching charitable donations.”

    America , bought and paid for !

    December 26, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Boomer in Mo

    Sniffit, I support Obamacare because from age 48-65, when he became eligible for Medicare, my husband was as insurable as a fresh corpse because he had a pacemaker. Conservatives, including members of my family, have no answer. My family also has been associated with the healthcare industry since 1948. I remember the little old people who could not afford care back in the 50s. They were allowed to die and looked about 100 when they were in their late 60s and early 70s. Yes, hospitals would go out of business without the cost shifting. I had a bill that was more than 300% that what I and the insurance company paid because of cost shifting in 2012. That's why I'm mad, and will stay mad.

    December 26, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    rla

    The Koch's had nothing to do with this law that saddles people with huge deductibles and co-pays while setting up a situation where there are not enough doctors who will take all these new patients...
    -------------------------------
    What huge deductibles and co-pays? Under most old plans, you had to pay a co-pay of $10 to $50 for a simple checkup. Now, you don't even have to pay anything for an annual "wellness" checkup. I think what you are calling a "huge deductible" is actually an annual cap on your out-of-pocket costs should you need major medical coverage. Under your old plan, the insurer placed on arbitrary cap on himself, and you made up the difference. The roles have been reversed.

    December 26, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. tom l

    @Sniffit

    "Hospitals will simply throw deadbeats out and let them die in the street, "

    Sigh. Go read up on EMTAALA. Your social Darwinist fantasies are patently ridiculous and misinformed.

    Moreover, guess what would happen if your little court case delusion played out the way you want. Guess. That's right, all hospitals would go out of business unless the gov't stepped in and funded them. Given your obvious Teatroll proclivities, I'm going to guess that you don't want that.

    ========

    You are aware that if you sign up for healthcare through the ACA that 11 of the nation's top 18 hospitals will not accept you? And why are you so proud of how many people are signing up for a govt mandated program that TAXES them if they don't comply? You're trumpeting people that are being law abiding citizens?? Impressive.

    December 26, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sheila
    well, I'm glad the republicans are doing this .....this will mean a total republican congress, next November. Obama's hands will be tied till he gets run out, by the next person. (anybody is better than who we've got in the current w.h.)
    ---------------------------------------------
    It's already a Do-Nothing-Congress. Do you think this President is going to sign off on any of your party's radical, draconian bills? You've truly been in the meth lab too long. You want this President's hands tied huh? Sounds like nullification to me. Oh yes, the republican party's true colors are showing.

    December 26, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. quinLee

    Americans for Prosperity???? What a joke. A really twisted joke.

    December 26, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. love344

    sorry GOP ... the scare tactics are going loosing their strength..

    December 26, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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