Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare
March 26th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare

(CNN) - A U.S. House candidate in Alabama is literally shooting down Obamacare.

A video released by his campaign on Wednesday, shows Will Brooke using a variety of firearms to destroy a copy of the Affordable Care Act.

The ad begins with Brooke seated on the bed of a truck next to a stack of paper that he says is a copy of the law championed by the President.

The ad is titled "Let's Do Some Damage."

Brooke then drives off in truck, displaying a bumper sticker that reads "I prefer the dangers of a limited government!"

He arrives in a wooded area, loads the Obamacare papers into a wooden box starts shooting.

"We're down here to have a little fun today and talk about two serious subjects: the Second Amendment, and see how much damage we can do to this copy of Obamacare," he says in the ad.

After blasting it rhetorically and literally, Brooke loads the health care copy into a wood chipper and shreds what was left of it.

Brooke's campaign video was first reported by The Daily Caller.

Brooke is one of seven Republican candidates vying for the seat of retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

The Alabama Republican isn't the first to use guns to hammer home a policy issue.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia used a rifle to "take dead aim at Cap and Trade" in a 2010 campaign ad against efforts to pass a sweeping environmental bill in Congress.

Republicans nationwide are aggressively campaigning against Obamacare, which aims to provide health coverage to millions of people without it. It passed Congress in 2010 without any Republican support. Republicans hope to expand their majority in the House and reclaim the Senate.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Alabama • Obamacare • Republican Party
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. scooter

    1: The longer "obamacare" exists the more people will like it. Most of it will never be repealed, nor are most GOP lawmakers wanting to repeal all the benefits the law conveys (benefits that none of them supported)
    2: Stories about gop types shooting the law with guns is a gift from God to the democrats.
    3: The reich-wing reactionaries are the everlasting-GOP stoppers that democrats rely on.

    Again I ask the question: Is the GOP on the payroll of the DNC? Each time election season comes around the GOP falls off the cliff of sanity to again make most Americans fearful of turning to them.

    March 27, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Smeagel4T

    In a very surprising move he called "government efficiency", Brooke said his solutions would be to just shoot anyone the Wall Street health care insurance industry death panels didn't want to insure due to pre-existing conditions, or those who had their insurance cancelled by the private insurance industry death panels because they actually started needing real insurance coverage.

    Brooke also said he's just shoot any seniors who could not afford insurance once the GOP is done bankrupting Medicare through their fiscally irresponsible Medicare Advantage program which wastes 86% of taxpayer dollars paying insurance company executive salaries and marketing expenses, while only spending 14% on actual health care services for seniors.

    March 27, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. tick

    Healthcare will only be affordable when the republicans take their foot off it's prenatal head, bunch of fools!!!

    March 27, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. maximusvad

    What's your viable alternative GOP ? Crickets.....let the poor and middle class die of curable diseases you say ?

    March 27, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    The only things the republicans hate about Obamacare
    1. You cannot be dropped for getting sick-get sick, die quick
    2. The golden parachute for HC ceos might get smaller–Job creators
    3. Covers even Blacks
    4. They did NOT get it done. The Democrats did, under THIS President no less.
    Their wittle heads have been exploding ever since.
    They see, eat, and breathe nothing but "Repeal or Kill the Law (ACA)".
    They can't think past that, that's why they have no ideas.
    You see, if they could kill it they could bring it back to life with THEIR signature at the bottom, not the current President's.

    March 27, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Bobilino

    The commenter claiming 2/3's of America like Obamacare is on some serious hard drugs. Why do you think Dems are worried about losing the Senate? Not everyone hates Obamacare, just the 65% of the population who refuse to be influenced by a bunch of celebrities telling us we need to sign up.

    March 27, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Mush Limpbulb

    This accomplished nothing. The GOP keeps criticizing without offering real world alternatives. Nothing more than a publicity stunt.

    March 27, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. JG

    Not surprised. Instead of a useful counter-idea... a Republican shoots up a stack of papers with a gun. That sounds about right.

    March 27, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. JL

    I love how liberals keep saying that conservatives offer no alternative to Obamacare. As if destroying our health care system is a better plan than NOT destroying our health care system.

    Add to that any bill that the republicans put forward could not get past the democratic Senate and even if it did, Obama would veto any law replacing his "signature" legislation. It would be an exercise in futility.

    Conservatives have offered plenty of ideas such as health care savings accounts and allowing customers to shop across states. Both would help decrease the high costs of insurance and medical care. Two things by the way that ACA has not helped but made worse.

    March 27, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. QS

    LMAO! I have to laugh because otherwise I'd be crying thinking about how many conservative fools will fall for this childish gimmick and vote for this guy.

    March 27, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Tom

    What is with republican candidates and their violent imagery? This, is simply just ridiculous. He's feeding more red meat to his supporters. Why use a rifle to do it?

    March 27, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Craig

    Funny how Lincoln and Douglass debated the merits of slavery in a civilized manner...and now politics has become this. It says something...loud and clear...but I'm not sure I like what it says.

    March 27, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. tick

    that might work for a minute in Alabama, I know conservatives in Florida won't allow medicaid assistance for thier own people, so the aca cost more than most people ca afford thanks to republicans. The site informed me I could have recieved a lesser payment had my state representatives allowed it. Bunch of !!%$^#@!

    March 27, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Eric

    Where do you guys find the figures to claim that a majority approve of ACA? I did a quick Google search and found a Dec 2013 CNN poll that had only 35% favoring it and a 3-day old Rasmussen poll showing 42% approval versus 56% disapproval.

    March 27, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. spudnik56

    Another pitiful republican showing that thinking is not their forte.....

    March 27, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. John Illinois

    This what should be happening in the Senate! This pile of welfare garbage needs to go!

    March 27, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. AZ Dem

    If folks don't like the ACA why don't they come up with a better plan? Simple folks...just plan S-I-M-P-L-E!

    March 27, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Chris Horton

    In response to Mindstorms1, you can't be a smart consumer when it comes to healthcare. You just can't. You can't control if/when you break your leg. Thus, you can't have a completey free-market healthcare system.

    March 27, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Martin

    GOP opposition to the ACA is doomed. There was an article in the Business section of the Los Angeles times recently which reported on the noticeable boost in revenue that WellPoint had experienced due to Obamacare signups. Translated into simple English - there's money to be made from the ACA.

    If the ACA translates to a win for consumers, a win for providers (no 'uninsured' to pay for) and a win for insurers then what's not to like about it?

    March 27, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. J Russ

    a good reason not to vote for this guy..........still looking for any reason to vote democrate.

    March 27, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Joe

    Kind of like those whacky extremist we are fighting would do to something they don't like.

    March 27, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC


    The answer to Obama care is simple, it is called a single payor.
    Everybody pays because everbody uses it, Period.
    But there's no profit in that. So, it's bad for business. CEOs and executives at insurance companies are paid hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars per year. Can you imagine the outrage and uproar if a government worker were paid that much money for an annual salary? Don't try to imagine it. You might go deaf, dumb, and blind.

    Yet, conservatives seem to prefer a system that pays all of these high salaries to people ... just as long as they're in the private sector and not the public sector.

    March 27, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. gs

    My buddies farther and his girlfriend are strong trailer park Republicans. Nothing worse than Obamacare. It is going to ruin the country. Well the girlfriend makes a whopping $16K a year. She went to buy insurance but could not. So we told her to call the number not telling her it was the AHA number. She got a plan better than his plan. It was $503 per month but she got credits for the whole thing. So now at 60 years old for the first time in her life she has insurance. When it was all said and done my buddy rubbed it by saying to his dad by saying dam that Obama for making health care affordable to your girlfriend.

    March 27, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Burbank

    As soon as I was asked my ethnicity when filling out the paperwork online, I knew I was about to be discriminated against for being white. Why should you have to tell them what race/color you are? It shouldn't have anything to do with it. I am 63, single, and live alone. I did not qualify for financial help and the cheapest possible insurance for me would have been $540 per month. That's slightly more than half my rent (California is expensive!) or more than 2 car payments, and definitely more than I spend for food in a month, even though I have to shop at health food stores due to food allergies that make me allergic to about 80-85% of what is in a normal grocery store. There is no way I can afford Obamacare, so I am going to have to let them fine me about $500 at the end of the year for being too poor to pay, old, white, female and single. Shame on them!

    March 27, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. LanternJack72

    Draaaama, way to much draaaama. No solutions, just draaama.

    Welp, that's the Republican/T-bagger/Conservative way. If America wants change, it better realize and quick, that gerrymandering of districts is severely undermining our country's democracy, along with the Koch Bros. America will soon be Koch, Inc.

    March 27, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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