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. JD

    You can see the mentality of people like him and the crowd they hope to rally behind this. It's juvenile at best. Let's do some damage, indeed. Republicans and Tea Partiers...damage done. You've helped make us the "States of America" because we are anything but United.

    March 27, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. jay

    ritmocojo good example.... someone who confiscated guns as someone the NRA would vote for.

    March 27, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    instead of shooting a stock of paper, why do you not provide something useful to improve healthcare of this country. IWe all know, the system needs a fix. President tried, may have problem, but, GOP, what is your idea
    ....their idea is to shoot it,and that's what Opie is doing in this ad.
    Look, the GOP and it's minions will hate th ACA/Obamacare until the lastone of them dies BECAUSE they were not the ones that got it done. Period.
    Their name will not appear anywhere near this legislative accomplishment. Ever.
    They are, however, enshrining and cementing their names on the Stupid Hall of Fame for Un-American Activities by trying to kill it anyway they can, and wasting valuable taxpayers money in their futile attempts to do so.
    Proceed GOP...

    March 27, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. desiderada

    This impresses me as a very mature response. And I can't think of a better way to use up all that nasty ammunition cluttering the house just waiting for an opportunity to oppose a tyrannical government.

    March 27, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. TheSilence

    At least the gun used here in the ad is legitimate, unlike the weapons recently traficked by pro-gun control 'D' Senator Leland Yee from California.

    March 27, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. desiderada

    This impresses me as a very mature response, for a Republican anyway. It also keeps all that nasty old ammunition from cluttering the house while waiting for an opportunity to oppose a nuclear armed tyrannical government .

    March 27, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. John

    Billions to attack the "faulty improvement".............Zero time spent to improve the ACA...........the goal isn't to improve our health care system is to point the finger at the black guy......something Alabama has been doing for 300 years...

    March 27, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. TP

    The poll numbers are skewed. 16% of those who oppose the health care law oppose it because it didn't go far enough. Remember that America that when you tally up the numbers, a majority of Americans wanted our health care system improved. Obama tried, the Republicans fought it and we were given the ACA.

    March 27, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Julie Labrouste

    A step toward actually caring for our fellow Americans regardless of their wealth or their lack of it or “preexisting conditions”, etc., has been met with fierce determination to ensure that such people continue to die instead.

    March 27, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Chris

    Get over it and work on something else... Obamacare passed a long time ago and you're not able to reverse it now.

    March 27, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Wouldn't a lynching of the documents be more true to form?
    Yes it would FedUp2, but the papers kept flapping in the wind making them hard to shoot into shreds and then set on fire.

    March 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Debbie

    Why does the GOP try to look so ridiculous. I used to vote for republicans decades ago, but now? Ummmm.......

    March 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "hey tampon timmy, did it ever occur to you that not everybody wants the government embedded into every part of their personal life, especially healthcare?"
    So, why is it that conservatives are so concerned over women's health care, specifically birth control?
    He who bemoans a bait and switch pulls a bait and switch. How disappointing.
    No bait and switch on my part. I was on topic, government interfence in health care. I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy of the argument. You say that you don't want government involved in your health care, but you do want government intimately involved in regulating women's health care. Nice try.

    March 27, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. jake

    in response to critical thinking's diatribe about rednecks:

    the term redneck started as a reference to poor, white farmers who got a sunburn on their neck from working, bent over, in the fields all day. it has come to be used to describe any white person who acts in a loutish or bigoted manner.

    it was adopted by miners – for a while – as their red bandanas identified them as union men.

    as for your assertion that “non-working democratic elites” have hijacked the term, i would remind you that only 6.8% of eligible americans are “non-working” and if they had all voted for romney, he would have STILL LOST………

    March 27, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. TP

    And for all you who vote Republican because you think it's the "Christian" thing to do, why oppose the ACA? If you're truly a Christian, you should have been on the front lines fighting for a single payer system . The hypocrisy blows my mind.

    March 27, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. skarphace

    This guy represents the Tea Party motto in a nutshell: God, Guns, and Guts.

    Doesn't make any sense, but sounds good and gets their testosterone flowing.

    March 27, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Jimmy

    We look more ignorant than Iran. Thanks Southern America!

    March 27, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. August

    While I would call myself a moderate conservative and Christian I love reading the nastiness that's put out by the dems on these blogs. They claim so much hatred from the repubs and yet do not look at what is spewed by their own ilk. Unbelievable. The culture of tax and spend, along with the Gimmee, gimmee, gimme atitude is what drives me to the center/right. They love to talk about how the right has no suggestions towards things or how much they obstruct things and yet refuse to acknowledge what their own pres and senate leaders are doing. So much hypocracy from the pres....terrible lack of leadership.

    March 27, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. theservant61

    I'm sure because I'm a supporter of the President, this man wiould just as soon shoot me as he did with this mock law he took aim at. Truly sad... and dangerous.

    March 27, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Citizen_123

    Typical Republican clinging to guns to prove their manhood!

    March 27, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Kangamangus

    @ Lou. Your Blue states have more welfare recipients per capita than the Red states you mock. The blue states generate more money because of the 2% you loved to rally against during the Occupy movements. It's the large corporations that generate money for those states. Disney, Microsoft,'s the elite producers of those states that make them look prosperous, not the Blue-voting and loving entitlement vacuums. Don't believe me? Google 'welfare recipients per capita by state'.

    March 27, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. squiggs

    The scary thing is that the GOP will probably take over government come November. They're actually sitting at home hoping that people don't sign up for healthcare so they can say that it failed. They're not saying we have a plan that will ensure that if you get sick you'll be taken care of. They're actually hoping that they can say in November there are still 40 million Americans without healthcare so the ACT is a failure.

    March 27, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "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?"

    First 3 years paid for 100%. NO LESS THAN NINETY PERCENT is paid by federal gov't thereafter. I don't need to type it out for's all over the intertubez:

    "CBO estimates show that the federal government will bear nearly 93 percent of the costs of the Medicaid expansion over its first nine years (2014-2022). The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost of covering people made newly eligible for Medicaid for the first three years (2014-2016) and no less than 90 percent on a permanent basis.

    The additional cost to the states represents a 2.8 percent increase in what they would have spent on Medicaid from 2014 to 2022 in the absence of health reform, the CBO estimates indicate.

    This 2.8 percent figure significantly overstates the net impact on state budgets because it does not reflect the savings that state and local governments will realize in other health care spending for the uninsured. The Urban Institute has estimated that overall state savings in these areas will total between $26 and $52 billion from 2014 through 2019. The Lewin Group estimates state and local government savings of $101 billion in uncompensated care."

    States like TX, which has a 40% uninsured rate, and the deep red states that are takers, moochers and federal assistance hogs like Alabama, Louisiana, et al, not only have far higher numbers of uninsured than other states, uninsured who they are screwing royally, but they are dong so just to try to screw up implementation of the ACA and keep the numbers of people it helps lower. The additional cost the state might incur is de minimis and only represents a cost if you ignore all the savings and look at it in a reality-vacuum.

    March 27, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. John/kc

    What have the republicans offered other than health savings accounts to insure the uninsured? NOTHING!

    March 27, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. yogi

    Republicans simply cannot solve problems with civil discourse, they scream or they shoot, and on a larger scale when it comes to complex foreign issues their solutions are the same, just bigger guns and bombs. They have done nothing to contribute to solve problems, and the reason they are in office is because their constituents are too dumb to recognize all of the above. They miss the essential skills to govern, nationally and locally.
    Last night the new major of San Diego was on KPBS asking the people to call him if they had ideas on how to solve the city problems, because he doesn't know how.

    March 27, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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