Conservative group slams Obamacare with new ads
December 26th, 2013
11:19 AM ET
10 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“Congressman Nolan, Obamacare needs to be repealed,” the man declares.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
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Tony

    What is better than Obamacare? Please tell us. Do we have to vote for Republicans first to find out?

    December 26, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    @Sniffit on ACA and Obamacare......"polls...have proven that the idiot Amurikan public thinks they are, in fact,
    two different things?"
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    Thanks for pointing that out. You are soooooo right. Reporting responsibly just isn't on the agenda any more.

    December 26, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. TONE

    @Tampa Tim
    Thank you so much for sharing with us the gas stations the koch brothers own i will never buy gas from there again.

    December 26, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Mike in Texas

    I would rather lose my coverage and have the ability to purchase new insurance (ACA) than lose my coverage and not be able to purchase new insurance (Prior to ACA).

    December 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    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?
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    Blah Blah Blah. This LAW is a republican proposal generated from the Heritage Foundation. I bet it wasn't a bad thing to you when they proposed it. I thought the whole republican/conservative philosophy was about "personal responsibility?"

    December 26, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Paul

    "Insurance policies dropped because they could not meet ACA standards" really means that they don't want to handle/pay for pre-existing conditions, as an example. Many other policies gave virtually no coverage. Remember that insurance companies are a for-profit business and they will never give the kind of mass service to everyone in the country like universal health care does in all the other western industrialized nations.

    December 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    I was trying to sign up on the Koch/Republican Health Care site, this morning, but the site was still non existent. Has Canada had as many problems with the Kochs as we are now? I know they bought a few million Canadian acres near the oil sands.

    December 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. PaulCat

    I signed up with Obamacare and looking forward to January 1st when I can began using it. Thanks Mr. Obama.

    December 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    "the story of a man who says he’s suffered three heart attacks in the last six years and lost his insurance"

    They must think their target audience are idiots. The same guy would have lost his insurance before ACA too! I know people like this who lost their insurance in years past, due to corporate insurance company bottom line profit. They cancelled people all the time.

    Americans for Prosperity = "i'm prosperous – I want more – I don't care about you."

    December 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. ProudDem

    tom l

    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.
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    You dont sign up for the ACA Tom, you sign up for private insurance. Any number of them. Dozens of plans and companies. So to say that 11 out of 18 hospitals won't accept it is just wrong on it's face. As to the obsession with the mandate and...oh my goodness....a TAX...what we're talking about here is someone that can afford to have insurance and chooses not to. If they show up at the emergency room they will be treated, and who foots the bill Tom? You do. The hospital recovers that money by raising your costs the next time you show up. This is about people taking personal responsibility...which is why it was a Republican proposal in the first place.

    December 26, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    A few years back Prudential Insurance pulled out of providing Homeowner's insurance in Texas due to a mold problem. They deemed it to costly. I had Prudential Insurance so I lost my coverage from them; however I obtained coverage under a new company. Just because Prudential quit covering me didn't mean I couldn't look elsewhere.

    Similar scenario, in 1988 California passed Prop 103 which changed auto insurance rates. Once of the provisions was geographical location could not be used to determine rates. I lived in Orange County and had a lower rate. in 1989 my rate doubled. I was told by my insurance agent it was due to Prop 103 and my rate increased to be in line with everyone else since Orange County drivers had a lower rate. I then went out and shopped around and found another insurance company who gave me the same coverage for even less than what I was originally paying.

    So basically, those who lost coverage can still get coverage and they need to shop around and not just take the word of what the insurance company put on the letter.

    December 26, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    GOP has lost its mind. Drive these GOP thugs away. Yes, ACA is a law. All developed nations have this law.

    December 26, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. just asking

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
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    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?
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    Blah Blah Blah. This LAW is a republican proposal generated from the Heritage Foundation. I bet it wasn't a bad thing to you when they proposed it. I thought the whole republican/conservative philosophy was about "personal responsibility?"
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    please be a little bit more careful when spewing your lies. the individual mandate aspect might have been an idea of the heritage foundation but the rest of this horrendous law that takes over 1/6th of our economy certainly was not their idea.

    December 26, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. ChrisM

    Yea, Yea, the republicans said the same things about Social Security and Medicare. Go ahead repubs, try and take those away from the American people. I dare you

    December 26, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Please overturn Obamacare ,

    My poor brother in law who is an insurance executive will not be abel to afford to keep his three Porsche's , two BMW's , one Mercedes , his two homes , two vacation homes , his membership to the Olympic club and Pasa Teimpo golf club, and pay for his children's drug rehab , while he and my sister travel the world shopping for art work.

    Please don't let Obamacare ruin the American dream !

    December 26, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    please be a little bit more careful when spewing your lies. the individual mandate aspect might have been an idea of the heritage foundation but the rest of this horrendous law that takes over 1/6th of our economy certainly was not their idea.
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    What is the republican alternative? Please for the life of me tell me!!! If purchasing insurance across state lines is their plan, then that's an utter failure. So tell us!! Is it the status quo prior to the PPACA becoming law? Because that was working so wonderfully and bankrupting families in droves.

    December 26, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Tony

    You can keep your insurance and the doctor you want. Insurance companies may stop offering your plan, however, even though Obama says that insurance companies can keep offering your plan. Your doctor may decide not to accept Obamacare insurance, even though you have bought a private insurance plan under Obamacare. Also, insurance companies may decide to raise the premiums on your plan. You can keep your plan if you have the extra money to pay for it.

    December 26, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    please be a little bit more careful when spewing your lies. the individual mandate aspect might have been an idea of the heritage foundation but the rest of this horrendous law that takes over 1/6th of our economy certainly was not their idea.
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    Vague accusations, once again. If you're referring to the "Patients' Protections" portion of the law, then you're absolutely correct. The Heritage Foundation is much too pro-business to give a hoot about the well-being of individual people.

    December 26, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    relying on private health insurance industry is not conservative? letting business decide who lives or dies is conservative.

    December 26, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "What is the republican alternative?"

    Ha-Ha. Complaining about a plan their own party put into existence with its constant demands during ACA infancy or complaining that the freeloaders are now required to get insurance?

    December 26, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. just saying

    Tony
    What is better than Obamacare? Please tell us. Do we have to vote for Republicans first to find out?
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    what we had before obama and the democrats destroyed our healthcare system with obmaacare. 80-85% of the american people were satisfied with their healthcare. that will be a good starting point. if the democrats really wanted to address the problems with that system, it could have been done wth a few very small bills. there was absolutely no need to take over 1/6th of our economy and wreck what 80-85% wwere satisfied with. the far left democrats and obama have really gone way over the line and it is adversely impacting a majority of the american people.

    December 26, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Here is a brilliant republican solution, buy health care across state lines so you can get the least regulated companies policy. Brain dead.

    December 26, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein

    Where is the alternative proposal? Until I see that, we can't repeal the ACA. If there was something that helps Americans who want and need (well, we all need medical insurance to get care nowadays) medical insurance without going through this, then what is the answer.

    My though which has been posted on differnt threads is to have the top 1% or 2% form a non profit medical insurance program that will cover all the poor, elderly and those with pre-existing conditions among other requirements. This program would cover the wide range of things (medical, dental, mental etc) that anyone would need. This would reduce the need for the government to do this. Other industrilized countries have a single payer system which takes the cost from the employers and puts it on the government so that the employers can compete better.

    December 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    So, losing your house, your savings, your retirement due to a catastrophic illness is the new republican way to insure your freedom? You can't make this right wingnut crap up.

    December 26, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Here is a brilliant republican solution, buy health care across state lines so you can get the least regulated companies policy. Brain dead.
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    The most ridiculous part of the "buying across state lines" idea is that they want you to think that buying health insurance is like buying a loaf of bread. What sets the price of your health insurance are your individual circumstances. Where you buy your health insurance is totally irrelevant.

    December 26, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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