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. Rick McDaniel

    ObamaCare is the worst law ever passed in America. Bar none.

    March 26, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Some people..

    I really believe some people need to open their eyes and realize what is going on! nobody really knows what is on this bill and yet people are signing up fo rit left and right! yes, in bigger cities guns may be a problem but you think tat if the government steps in and takes guns from people that the violence is just going to stop? the people commiting crimes with guns are using other people's guns or guns that are bought illegally. and how is it that we are supposed to defend ourselves whenbad people with guns come after us? really some people need to open their eyes to the relaity and to the world that we live in.

    March 26, 2014 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. ss

    I wonder if it would be ok to do the same with the bible?

    March 26, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. grafyter

    I'll bet this guy has all the heatlh care his taxpaying constituents can afford.

    March 26, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Pete Schatz

    And in the picture he looks so normal.

    March 26, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Chris

    Our political system is so broken it's not even funny. This is what you do to get elected these days? Yep. Because many Americans don't want to think, they just want easily digestible slogans and talking points that they parrot back whenever they encounter someone with a different opinion. And all of you blaming Democrats or Republicans, Liberals or Conservatives,'re all part of the problem. I urge people to stop thinking in binary terms and start moving past the "they are 100% wrong and we are 100% right" attitude that politicians and media shove down our throats every day. I realize that takes actual thought and education...but this is the future of our country we're talking about.

    March 26, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. virocat

    I too live in a state (Wyoming) that voted down the Affordable Care Medicaid expansion. When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005 (way.....before the Affordable Care Act) we were told we were "lucky" to have good health insurance. I work for the State of Wyoming one of the largest employers in the state. My wife and I were "lucky" to have good health insurance. Guess those who do not work for the state are not as "lucky". Getting good healthcare in the country should be based on luck and who you work for....NOT. Those who fall into the non Medicaid supported gap (about 16,000) in Wyoming have basically been told by the legislature that "you are on your own". One of people in the gap who testified to the legislature stated that he is now disabled due to a stroke that occurred before he could get on Medicare (age 65). He said "I have voted conservative my whole life but need help now." Guess he is out of luck and on his own...... He was unlucky.....

    March 26, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "decide to change the law on a whim"

    Heckler v. Chaney. You're consistently the single most deliberately and willfully ignorant poster on this site, day in and day out. Congrats for such a #winning streak.

    March 26, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. alex

    Typical – they can't read it, so they have to shoot it. And by the way, cap and trade was a republican idea before the party was taken over by extremists.

    March 26, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. alex

    Just asking, I'd rather have the nonprofit, We the People government in charge of my healthcare than the for-profit capitalist claim-denying American killing insurance companies in charge.

    March 26, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. quinLee

    That's all well and good but what is he offering as an alternative. Stunts like this are tailor made for the dumbed-down crowd.

    March 26, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. tom l

    Tampa Tim

    tom l
    I'm wondering if Tampa Tim knows why some governors decided not to expand Medicaid...
    Yes I do know why they refused to accept Medicaid, but am really interested what you think the reason is.


    So you're aware that the federal govt will pay for the first 3 years to a state if they expand Medicaid and then after that the state is on its own and must pay for it after? So how does a state pay for this expansion after the first 3 years?

    By the way, I'm on to you. I'm pretty sure you're a paid poster. It just makes to much sense. You're on here all the time, day in and day out. You're probably just a low level poster because there's really no thought behind your comments. You are giving your direction and just post drivel all day long. And the reason I'm pretty sure you are is because you accuse others of that – something that never even occurred to me but has been on your mind for some reason.

    March 26, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    People this loony have no business in government. i'd like to see him come face to face with someone who's alive now because of Obamacare. i met one a few weeks ago! and these clowns call themselves 'pro-life!' yeah, right! typical Greed Over People thinking. 'I've got mine, the hell with you!' when are people going to wake up and see them for what they are and STOP VOTING FOR THEM???

    March 26, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. patrick

    Save your bullets. Just come up with a less expensive, more comprehensive health care system. Isn't that why you are in congress, to further the country ? NO problem right ?

    March 26, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. rs

    And Mr. Priebus wonders why the GOP has an image problem.

    March 26, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. rs

    did it ever occur to you that not everybody wants the government embedded into every part of their personal life, especially healthcare?
    Please explain how buying a health insurance plan from a corporation "embeds the government in your life". If anything I'd think you'd love being linked to corporate America.

    March 26, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Captain Awesome

    @Tampa Tim – Can you define 'Junk Policies' please? I used to sell Medical Insurance to small businesses and I can tell you that there are many people in the country with full Medical Insurance (PPO's, HMO plans) that were doing just fine before obamacare. Many of these folks were dropped and were forced to sign up for obamacare (obamacare lie #1 – you can keep your insurance, period) and forced them to look for another doctor (obamacare lie #2 – you can keep your doctor, period). Do share....

    March 26, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. upressplay

    Maybe he can explain why premiums are more expensive in Alabama and Texas than in California or New York.

    March 26, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. upressplay

    Maybe he can explain why medical insurance is more expensive in Alabama and Texas than in California or New York.

    March 26, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. ChrisM

    That's right repubs, deny the poorest Americans in the south health insurance. That is exactly what these repub politicians are doing

    March 26, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Gunderson

    Now old Gunderson wonder why every one not wrap arms around Obama Care. What problem with no jobs, 50 million on Food Stamps, never ending unemployment payouts. Why everybody no want 20 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt?
    So why states no accept medicare expansion? Simple. States left with the bill. You like Red Ink, no?

    March 26, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. king

    as i said a million times dems stop committing suicide with universal healthcare. these backward people doesn't want it. you guys got killed in 2010 over this law. let the repubs take it away from these people. let them go back to the status quo of 20 percent premium rises every year. let their families die on the corner, let them and their families be bankrupt because of healthcare bills, because if they think the repubs will replace it, theyll be better off thinking that the repubs will be trying to get them jobs jobs jobs. stop the madness dems, you can lead a donkey to the river but cannot force him to drink. we've waited 100 years for universal healthcare for every body, the repubs tell them that its not a good idea to get insurance because this humungous law will inconvenient some folks to get better insurance and throw their rubbish insurance down he toilet. these folks actually falls for this crap. where did common sense and logic went. i see how powerful the repubs propaganda machine is, but this is ridiculous. this is why fox news will never get a dem host because they know the people are backward as hell.

    March 26, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. S. B. Stein

    So, does he help those of his neighbors when they are in trouble? Many don't do anything to help and that is where the government comes in. The government has the responsibility to help its citizens.

    March 26, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |

    Hey folks .do.. 3 things states can do to pay for their aca exchanges .... and see why al. didnt wont it . Grow up and pay notice .

    March 26, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Erick Holmes

    Doesn't seem like he gets the message. Leave ACA alone and focus on Russia. He can shoot a copy of the 2013 Iran-denuke treay if he wants.

    March 26, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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