Conservative group slams Obamacare with new ads
December 26th, 2013
11:19 AM ET
11 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“Congressman Nolan, Obamacare needs to be repealed,” the man declares.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. Tampa Tim

    What we had before ACA, was a healthcare system ranked 38th in the world. Even Limbaugh threatened to move to Costa Rica if Obama was reelected, and they have socialized healthcare.

    December 26, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Tony

    Just saying, finally someone admits that the "replace" part of the Republican slogan ("repeal and replace") is just a lie. Please tell tom l. about that. He thinks that Republicans have new ideas about health care.

    December 26, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @Mike in Texas
    Michelle Bachmann claimed that the ACA would allow school officials to take students and force them to get abortions and never inform the parents. I actually saw the video of her saying this.
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    The conservative machine has been spewing random stuff like this for quite some time. When it turns out to be a lie they just move on. There is no shame or morality in today's conservative radical right.

    December 26, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Who is this man who has such terrible health? Does he think Kohn/Republican Care is the answer?

    December 26, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    what is destroyed in the new healthcare system? sky-rocketing healthcare costs in the future? higher cost lower quality plans? scammers having others paying for their medical care? private market health insurance companies charging whatever they want for less and less benefits? business deciding who lives and dies? oh yeah, 80-85% were happy with that.

    December 26, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Name

    Tim you could have always bought a catastrophic policy in the past for around $120 a month where I live. The deductible was $10,000 for my family of four. While looking at the rates on line now that I would be forced to buy under the ACA my rates are around $800.00 a month with the same $10,000 deductible. You have taken away my ability to buy what is best fore and my family. Good thing if you read the law you see that the IRS can't garnish wages, lien property or take a person to jail for this law. So I like many other will just not sign up and refuse to pay the fine.

    December 26, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    repeal and replace is up there with jobs jobs jobs.

    December 26, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Rudy – If I buy a policy across state lines like in GA, will I have to drive to Georgia if I have a medical emergency?

    December 26, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    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.
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    Exactly, just like privatizing medicare and giving vouchers. Yeah, I can see insurance companies tripping over each other wanting to insure my 79 year old dad with a bad ticker and diabetes.

    December 26, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "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."
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    Copay – a portion of the cost of a single encounter with a healthcare provider.
    Deductible – The annual amount an insured is required to pay before insurance benefits become payable.
    Annual Cap – The maximum amount of expense incurred by an insured in a policy year, after which expenses are 100% covered by the policy.

    Those are the definitions... now read your ridiculous statement.

    December 26, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Name – Wow, I have a mediocre Fl Blue policy so far. My share of the monthly premium cost is just under $650 for my wife and I with the majority paid by work. I am looking forward to changing this as soon as possible. Something is wrong if I pay more than Boehner.

    December 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Name posted:

    Name

    Tim you could have always bought a catastrophic policy in the past for around $120 a month where I live. The deductible was $10,000 for my family of four. While looking at the rates on line now that I would be forced to buy under the ACA my rates are around $800.00 a month with the same $10,000 deductible.
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    Which plan is that? It sure isn't one of the "Gold", "Silver", or "Bronze" plans that I've read about. All plan deductibles are half of what you claim, or less.

    December 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Mike in Texas

    @ Name,

    You are not forced to buy insurance. If you choose not you will be penalized. You even said that in your post. You will refuse to sign up. If you are one that gets a tax refund each year, the penalty will be taken out of that. Did you look to see if you qualify for a subsidy?

    December 26, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Tim you could have always bought a catastrophic policy in the past for around $120 a month where I live. The deductible was $10,000 for my family of four. While looking at the rates on line now that I would be forced to buy under the ACA my rates are around $800.00 a month with the same $10,000 deductible. You have taken away my ability to buy what is best fore and my family. Good thing if you read the law you see that the IRS can't garnish wages, lien property or take a person to jail for this law. So I like many other will just not sign up and refuse to pay the fine.

    and the greedy private healthcare industry thanks you and your cheap impatient blind faith ignorance.

    December 26, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair posted:

    "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."

    Copay – a portion of the cost of a single encounter with a healthcare provider.
    Deductible – The annual amount an insured is required to pay before insurance benefits become payable.
    Annual Cap – The maximum amount of expense incurred by an insured in a policy year, after which expenses are 100% covered by the policy.

    Those are the definitions... now read your ridiculous statement.
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    What's wrong with it? Under the ACA the "maximum deductible" IS an annual cap.

    December 26, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. T

    .......and the GOP replacement HealthCare Plan is....................

    December 26, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Hooper

    Never saw a plan put forth by any and all republican lawmakers. Just the same old same old. Keep the wealthy wealthy, and the sick poor. But according to this tripe, we all deserve better. So do you. Get ready for the unemployment line come next November.

    December 26, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Smitty

    Another normal day, people making excuses for Obamman and of course Timmy has nothing valid to add.

    December 26, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Hector Slagg

    Liberal's and Democrats want to run the country but they want the Conservatives and Republicans to pay for it. For the last 100 years Liberal Ideas and Policies were put in place. And we have the 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt to show for it. Wow. We have really made Progress since the 1930's.

    December 26, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Smitty

    @ Timmy do you ride the little bus ????

    December 26, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    What a relief it is to be Canadian. No copays, no deductibles no maximums; just true universal totally cost-free health care.

    December 26, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    T

    .......and the GOP replacement HealthCare Plan is....................

    The ACA is their plan. The Democrats took it because they knew their plan (Single Payer) wouldn't fly. Now they have none. Republicans loved the mandate until Obama supported it.

    December 26, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "What's wrong with it? Under the ACA the "maximum deductible" IS an annual cap."
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    Absolutely false. A deductible is a period of 100% self-pay. After the deductible has been met, there is a period of cost-sharing between the policyholder and the insurer, usually at an 80/20 ratio. The annual cap is the sum of the deductible plus the patient's portion incurred during the cost sharing period. To illustrate, assume that a policy has a $2000 per person deductible and a $4000 per person annual cap. The insured is required to pay the first $2,000 of expenses (the deductible). Then the next $10,000 of expenses is split between the insured and the insurer... during this period the insured incurs $2,000 (20% of $10,000) additional expense, bringing his out-of-pocket to the annual cap of $4,000. All expenses ater that are fully covered by the insurer, until the policy year is complete, at which time the accumulators reset to zero and it starts all over.

    December 26, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Pat Henry

    During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.

    We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

    It's worth noting, that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama administration couldn't build a functioning web site!

    December 26, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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