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New Ads Target Senators: ‘It’s Time to Be Honest: ObamaCare Doesn’t Work’

Posted on | January 2, 2014 | 23 Comments

Three vulnerable incumbent Democrat senators are the targets of a new advertising campaign by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) that takes aim at the unpopular ObamaCare program. “It’s the ‘Lie of the Year,’ and Senator Shaheen kept telling it,” says the AFP ad targeting New Hampshire Sen. Jane Shaheen. “The truth is, thousands have already had their insurance canceled. Families are paying more for expensive health plans and facing hour-long drives just to see a doctor. . . . Tell Senator Shaheen: It’s time to be honest. ObamaCare doesn’t work.”

Similar ads are airing against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) and Sen. Kay Hagen (D-North Carolina) in a three-week campaign.

“President Obama repeatedly promised Americans that they could keep their current health care plans and doctors if they chose, but millions have found out the hard way that this was the Lie of the Year,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “We’re putting pressure on senators who repeated that lie and doubled down on ObamaCare even as it became obvious that the law was hurting millions of Americans. The story of ObamaCare is one of less choice, rising premiums, and broken promises. AFP is committed to a long-term effort to stop this law.”

You can learn more at or follow them on Twitter at @AFPhq.



23 Responses to “New Ads Target Senators: ‘It’s Time to Be Honest: ObamaCare Doesn’t Work’”

  1. gntlman
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM New Ads Target Senators: ‘It’s Time to Be Honest: ObamaCare Doesn’t Work’ #TCOT

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:58 pm
  3. Zohydro
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Hear tell it’s not called “Obamacare” by the Left any longer, it’s now the “Affordable” Care Act…

  4. Zohydro
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    Damn! I never get to be first…

  5. richard mcenroe
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    Screw the lame duck Obama. It’s time to start calling it Democrat Health Care every time we talk about it.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    HillaryCare works fine for me too.

  7. PatDissent
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    What do you mean?

    As a massive wealth grab and redistribution fraud, ObamaCare is working PRECISELY as designed. The only way it’s not working is providing universal insurance adoption. You just have to be clear as to what it was intended to do, and what you think those intentions are probably are wrong.

  8. richard mcenroe
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Hitting the Democrats is meaningless as long as Boehner and McConnell are in power. Remember that.

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    No kidding. What they did not anticipate (the Progressives that is) is how quickly it would implode health care in the USA. That is screwing up all their plans and lends itself to them being blamed for this mess. Their dreams of a single payer system are in jeopardy (but we better wake up that is what they will try next).

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    Meaningless? No. Greatly weakened? Yes.

  11. Steve Skubinna
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    And… cue outraged shrieks of racism in 3…2…1…

  12. njinfl
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    As always, weak sauce so as not to offend the squishes who ‘might’ be ‘persuaded’ to vote Republican.
    Dem ads are never this weak and they don’t seem to worry about delicate sensibilities. Did Obama’s goons worry about calling Romney a murderer?
    The purpose of political advertising is to galvanize–and the call to action here is “Tell Shaheen it doesn’t work”.
    Say what?
    That’s not quite the same thing as encouraging her political destruction.

    This ad never once asks the consumer to reject Shaheen or to vote against her–it asks you to do something FOR her (gently reprove her wandering ways and help her get back on track) not AGAINST her.

  13. Delaney Coffer
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    If “obamacare” worked, it would still be an evil creation.

    What if slavery worked? Would it then be deemed good?

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  15. Adjoran
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:30 am

    Those who blamed Roberts were never thinking straight. For two full years every Republican in Congress and every conservative think tank screamed aloud that the mandate was a tax, the Obama Administration denied it. Roberts upheld the conservative position and restricted the decision to narrow issues, leaving it a political question.

    We always knew two things about Roberts’ jurisprudence from before his initial appointment to SCOTUS. One, that he strongly believed in restraint and that only legal questions should be considered by the Court, political issues being left to that process.

    Two, that he was philosophically deferential to executive authority and viewed governing it as the job of Congress with its impeachment powers and power of the purse and not the Courts to define.

    He turned out to be a Justice who, unlike many recent appointees, ruled exactly as he was advertised, and for this he was vilely treated by his own party.

  16. Adjoran
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    McConnell is in power? Somebody really should tell Harry Reid.

  17. Adjoran
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    If an ad asks you to vote for or against a federal candidate, it is subject to election laws. If it only tells you what a miscreant a Senator is and asks you to call her to change her evil ways, it is informational and exempt.

  18. Adjoran
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:52 am

    There’s another ad featuring the same clip of Shaheen endorsing ObamaCare and one other, and it ends: “If you like your Senator, you can keep her. If not, you know what to do.”

  19. njinfl
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    Thanks for your clarification below Ad–the ad you cite here is much more like it–the call to action is clear, despite FEC rules.
    The ad below is just so typical of what Republican organizations purchase–weak mush.
    Mid-terms aren’t about the waffle voter–they’re about base turnout.
    We need ads that will anger and motivate our base while embarrassing and suppressing theirs–much like the ads the Dems ran during Romney’s dormant period in the summer of’12.
    But we have the advantage of truth.

  20. Quartermaster
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    Both rolled over voluntarily.

  21. Quartermaster
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    He ruled incorrectly and as a result will never be vindicated. It doesn’t matter if he acted “as advertised.”

  22. actionsspeaklouder
    January 3rd, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    Call it THE DEMOCRATS’ OBAMACARE. That way, you get a 2fer.

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