Koch-Allied Americans for Prosperity Launches Ad Against Obamacare

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc.

Updated at 4:18 pm EDT

Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit with ties to billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch, is spending $3 million on advertising in six states to oppose President Barack Obama’s new health-care law.

The ad features an AFP activist and two-time cancer survivor who expresses concern that she won’t get the same level of care under the new law, which extends coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. “I had the best care in the world, and I want the same for you,” she says at the end of the ad, the fourth in a series.

“The White House and taxpayer-funded PR firms are out there touting how great the law is, but they neglect to mention the negative impact the law is already having on millions of Americans,” AFP President Tim Phillips said. “We can’t sugarcoat reality if this is going to be an honest debate.”

The group said the ad would run through the first week in October in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Democratic senators in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, facing potentially tough re-election battles in 2014, have been targeted by Republicans seeking to take control of the chamber. Virginia hosts a competitive gubernatorial race this year.

AFP spent $36.4 million in the 2012 elections, most of it against Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. That was second to the $71.2 million spent by Crossroads GPS, founded with help of Republican strategist Karl Rove.

AFP doesn’t disclose its donors.

Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, had something to say about the ads:

“The Koch Brothers – two men who want for nothing – are attempting to scare young people into going uninsured and not signing up for Obamacare for one reason and one reason only – they are scared to death that it’s going to work and their and the GOP’s whole anti-government ravings will be proved wrong again. ”

“Just like happened with Medicare. Just like happened with Social Security. The Koch Brothers desperation to strangle Obamacare in the cradle is in keeping with the GOP’s maniacal obsession with Obamacare on Capitol Hill where they have pledged to shut the government down if Obamacare isn’t defunded. It’s hard to believe that the Republican Party that took a drubbing at the polls in 2012 on these very issues could be more out of step with the American people today that it was then. Will wonders never cease. ”


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