Video: AFP launches ObamaCare attacks on four vulnerable Senate Dems

posted at 12:41 pm on April 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Despite the unexpectedly gloomy news coming from the South in the NY Times/Kaiser poll earlier today — or perhaps because it’s difficult to consider credible — the latest push from Americans for Prosperity on ObamaCare mainly targets non-Southern races for the US Senate. New TV spots will go up in Michigan, Colorado, New Hampshire, and also in Louisiana. The latter spot features a Marine who returned from two tours in Iraq, only to find that he couldn’t keep the plan even though he liked it:

The Hill reports that the other ads are tailored for their specific markets:

AFP’s ad in New Hampshire declares that it will be difficult to enjoy the “scenic drives” in the state while driving long distances to see the doctor, which the ad charges is likely under ObamaCare.

And in Michigan, a narrator declares that “Gary Peters said yes to ObamaCare — he’d do it to us again,” noting an estimated 225,000 Michigan residents that could lose their health care under the new law.

AFP has been spending heavily on attack ads in competitive House and Senate races this cycle, investing more than $30 million since August alone to make the law a central focus in competitive races nationwide.

But they lead with … the Koch brothers!!

Americans for Prosperity, the national conservative group backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is launching new ads attacking Democrats in Senate races in Louisiana, New Hampshire, Colorado and Michigan.

Erika will have something up shortly on Tom Steyer for balance. In the meantime, one House Democrat from Arizona wants the state to extend ObamaCare enrollment indefinitely:

Arizona Democratic Rep. Krysten Sinema still wants the Obama administration to push back the deadline for exchange enrollment even further.

Sinema sent a letter to Obamacare administrator Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to argue for another delay several days after federally-run Obamacare exchanges had closed. She did not mention an end-date for her proposed deadline delay.

“As we approach the end of the extended enrollment period, I ask that you allow for additional flexibility for individuals who continue to face technical challenges enrolling and purchasing health insurance coverage,” Sinema wrote. The letter is dated April 18, three days after the enrollment period closed.

“I continue to hear from constituents who face technical challenges enrolling through the website or in receiving confirmation from insurers that they have successfully purchased coverage. These individuals should not be punished, either through a tax penalty or a lack of coverage, because of ongoing technical or process challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act.”

Sinema’s been trying to run away from ObamaCare ever since its disastrous rollout anyway, voting with Republicans to codify delays into law.  Her district, AZ-09, is narrowly Republican (R+1 in the Cook report), and so it’s hardly surprising that she wants to distance herself from the “Mission Accomplished” spin from the White House this month. Obama narrowly won this district in 2012, but Sinema underperformed Obama in the race, and must be feeling no small amount of heat in suburban Maricopa County.  That’s likely to be a universal experience in the midterms for Democrats.


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….do it! 24/7!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Spend $100 million if they have to.Pour it on.It’s the country’s only hope.

docflash on April 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

And in Michigan, a narrator declares that “Gary Peters said yes to ObamaCare — he’d do it to us again,” noting an estimated 225,000 Michigan residents that could lose their health care under the new law

….I think that is “Families”…not individuals!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

NO more Landrieu, Pryor, Begich, Hagan.

To Hades with all who voted for the national thuggish travesty which is obama’care’.

Angola to Zimbabwe, Russia, China, have NO mandates.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

God bless the Koch brothers!

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The ads are good but the real pain for the democrat party will be when all those people in Obama-democrat Care find out they can’t see a doctor for months if ever and that they will be paying upfront if they do. There will be no way for accused pederast and liar Harry Reid, or their local donk senator/congressman, to tell them it is working.

So far not one thing that the critics of Obama-democrat Care have said has been disproved. In fact, simple things like a web site(s) have proven to be beyond the incompetent hand of leftist big government.

jukin3 on April 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

and must be feeling no small amount of heat in suburban Maricopa County. That’s likely to be a universal experience in the midterms for Democrats.

Tenth layer for all of them!!!

The night one is way too cold for all.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

…OT…I left you a message on the last thread.

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The fact that this Dem has to ask for more extensions because people are still having trouble with the website should tell her all she needs to know about Obamacare.

How’d she get elected in Maricopa County anyway? I thought that was Sheriff Joe country.

ImmigrantsWife on April 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The Marine must be a liar.

Walter L. Newton on April 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Not every Dem is an Amazingly Lifelike Talking Points Robot like DWS, chairbot of the DNC. These ads are really hurting them.

Mord on April 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The latter spot features a Marine who returned from two tours in Iraq, only to find that he couldn’t keep the plan even though he liked it:

“Clearly, this Marine is lying.”
/Harry Reid

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

God bless Charles and David Koch for doing the work the RNC refuses to do.

Occams Stubble on April 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Stories made up from whole cloth…..

dddave on April 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

So far not one thing that the critics of Obama-democrat Care have said has been disproved. In fact, simple things like a web site(s) have proven to be beyond the incompetent hand of leftist big government.

jukin3 on April 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

They will disagree with that statement while standing in front of the death panels to get their pain pill allotment. It is pretty funny in a gallows humor kind of way.

Just watch.

Mord on April 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

We actually have a chance of a Republican senator in Michigan. Land could be the first since 1994 that’s been elected.

I expect a big turnout similar to 2010 but we’ll see. We’re a blue state at heart.

NotThatBillFord on April 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Erika will have something up shortly on Tom Steyer for balance.

Let’s get our act together and call him “coal-billionaire Tom Steyer” just for balance and truthiness.

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

KOOL, got it; thank you much.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

“As we approach the end of the extended enrollment period, I ask that you allow for additional flexibility for individuals who continue to face technical challenges enrolling and purchasing health insurance coverage…”

So now the atrocity known as healthcare.gov is being cited as a reason to manipulate the ACA’s mandates for political purposes.
Make lemonade!

jbspry on April 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I think this Marine can expect an audit from the IRS in his near future.

supernova on April 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

extend enrollment deadline … indefinitely

Indefinite deadline?

I haven’t heard such nonsense since them lawyers came up with Living Wills.

Tsar of Earth on April 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Something just occurred to me. What if the marxists in, say, October, shut down Obamacare? Just nuke the whole thing. How would that effect the election?

There are a lot of sayings about this. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket comes to mind. Diversify.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

It costs more and you get less. Must be a gubmint program.

Galtian on April 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

We need to see some ads like this in VA. Need to get rid of Warner the fake moderate.

Fuzzeepundit on April 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM