Conservative group still sick over Obamacare
July 31st, 2013
03:10 PM ET
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Conservative group still sick over Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – A conservative group which has led the opposition to Obamacare is taking to the airwaves with its largest buy of the year emphasizing some of the questions surrounding the implementation of the health care reform initiative.

In its new spot, Americans for Prosperity features a family physician Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher saying into the camera "Obamacare has me worried." She goes on to say in the commercial beginning to air Wednesday "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?" The commercial ends with the doctor stating "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."

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The buy for the commercial is seven figures, and it will air in Ohio and Virginia as well as several others for one week.

"Doctors" is the second spot in a series of ads being launched by the group. Both those in favor and opposed to the health care reform initiative are planning efforts over the upcoming congressional recess as October approaches – that is the time when people can start enrolling in the new health care exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.

The White House has intensified its efforts at promoting the enrollment of millions of Americans who don't currently have health care, especially encouraging younger people, who are usually more healthy, as well as trying to publicize information about the reforms and the benefits already seen. Administration officials have said a majority of Americans will not be affected with the new exchanges because they get health care through employers.

Asked in a New York Times interview published over the weekend about how he was going to build support for Obamacare, President Obama said "We're going to implement it."

During his meeting with House Democrats, the new law and some of the benefits were discussed, according to a senior House Democratic aide.

"We are absolutely interested in making sure" members of Congress and the American people have information to answer the critics, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Couldn't the Kochs with all their money, found a better spokes doctor than Gallagher?

    July 31, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Hey, how soon will that group be coming out with its' ads discouraging people from signing up for Obamacare?"
    These negative ads are just the smoke. The real fire is going to be a ground campaign to convince people to "protest" Obamacare by not signing up for it. It is the excuse that Republican governer's in states that are not participating will use as the reason for not offering it. "It's a protest."

    I expect the rollout to come during the next couple of breaks as representattives go home to town halls. That is where the ground campaign to discourage people from signing up for health care will begin. It's all being done in an effort to create chaos.

    How do I know all of this? It comes from the same source who first exposed the 47% video.

    July 31, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    I'm just curious what you mean by "them". I don't get it. The only reason I think I know what you mean is because if it's a Sniffit comment, then it must have something to do with race. I think you're projecting alot. You probably have a lot of pent up and latent racism in you and you're trying to hide it. That's the only possible explanation.
    Curious questioneed. Bill O'Reilly has been asking the same question! I even have an answer for you. "Them" would be the "us" people when folks like Bachmann say, "He's not one of us."

    July 31, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Jesus

    Actually it is a good thing that they spend all their money on this – yes, the people they actually succeed at misinforming will lose out in the shor term, but once they wake up (as did a lot of people with Medicare) and realize the benefits they will always remember the agenda of the right

    July 31, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    Ohio and Virginia must be "on the fence" states. Because if either state has opted in or out, then "Americans for Prosperity" is wasting their money.

    States that have already opted in are seeing savings. Might explain why your premiums are going up, Red Staters, that is, if you're not simply lying about that. The insurance companies are probably sticking it to you guys to keep up their obscene profit margins.

    If I were you, I'd contact your governors and legislators to let your state opt IN.

    July 31, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Americans for Prosperity? Isn't that Mr. and Mr. Brothers-Koch's super PAC?

    July 31, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "I'm just curious what you mean by "them". I don't get it. The only reason I think I know what you mean is because if it's a Sniffit comment, then it must have something to do with race. I think you're projecting alot. You probably have a lot of pent up and latent racism in you and you're trying to hide it. That's the only possible explanation."


    July 31, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Steveo

    Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher is worried the Affordable Care Act will hit her bottom line net worth.
    She could care less about patient care , "Americans for Prosperity not quality of life ".
    Should she work for free? She is educated, she is skilled, she is worthy of her hire! "She could care less about patient care" Unless she told you that, how do you know?

    July 31, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Canuck

    America – where you the right to own a gun but have no right to access affordable health care... what a country.

    July 31, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. just sayin

    Revisions also show the 12 months leading up to April were weaker than previously reported. In the first quarter of 2013, the economy grew at only a 1.1% annual pace, down from the 1.8% previously reported, and in the fourth quarter of 2012, the economy was near a standstill, growing at only a 0.1% rate.

    4.5 years of obama policy and this is where we are. pathetic growth, almost none. and their figures are bogus when first reported. 1.8% revised down to 1.1%??? that is a massive misstatement, and it is always stated as more and never less, in order to capture the headlines, and then get lowered when people aren't paying attention.

    obamacare will be a bigger failure than obama's economic policies. much bigger. just ask his union buddies.

    July 31, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Chris

    I laugh at you liberals saying Republicans never had a plan. Guess forgot Romney and Ryan had a Voucher healthcare plan. You Liberals it is not really about a right to choose. It is more like trying to control the population growth.

    July 31, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    It said conservative group. It says all.

    July 31, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. freedom

    Defund it – and if the government shuts down – so be it. It's all corrupt anyway – IRS, FBI, CIA, top military officials like Petraeus and all those who lied about Benghazi – and especially the president himself, and all those surrounding him. Shut it all down. We need to clean house.

    July 31, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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