January 2, 2014

$2.5 million dollars is pocket change for the Kochs and their puppets, which is why dropping it on ads lying about Obamacare doesn't faze them a bit.

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by the Koch brothers, unveiled a TV ad blitz Thursday attacking vulnerable Senate Democrats over the implementation of Obamacare.

The group launched a $2.5 million ad buy targeting Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), all Democrats facing tough reelection battles in 2014. The three ads follow a similar theme, zeroing in on some of the struggles the health care law has faced in the early stages of its rollout -- namely President Barack Obama's pledge that individuals could keep their current plans under Obamacare, which later turned out to be untrue.

"It's the lie of the year," the narrator says in the ad targeting Shaheen. Each spot also notes that the senators in question reiterated Obama's "If you like your plan, you can keep it" promise. The woman appearing in the Hagan-directed ad is Sheila Salter, a small business owner in North Carolina who recently said she was so stressed out by Obamacare that it was causing her to drink. The ads will run for three weeks in major media markets across North Carolina, Louisiana and New Hampshire.

Thanks again to Politifact for the BS bullet point. I guess AFP missed the memo about the actual small, tiny minority who will lose their coverage because of cancellations. That number was actually 10,000, not millions.

Of course, when you're a Koch, facts don't matter much. Reality does, though, and the reality right now isn't working to the benefit of the Koch empire. Millions covered through the exchanges, and millions more covered under parents' plans or the Medicaid expansion in states that opted into it.

Here's a suggestion for Democrats. Start blitzing states that haven't opted for the Medicaid expansion with ads shaming lawmakers for their fiscal irresponsibility to exact petty revenge. Start mentioning the billions of dollars wasted because their governors and legislatures are too hoity-toity to accept federal money for something they don't like. They could even get more specific and suggest perhaps those lawmakers ought to choose between the likes of Charles and David Koch's patronage or their responsibility to their constituents.

The ACA is an obsession the extremists won't abandon any time soon. But if any sane Republican politicians still exist, they might want to get through the three stages of Obamacare acceptance now and start working to fix some of the flaws, rather than cater to the insane fixation the Kochs have on using healthcare as a political bludgeon.

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