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After months of nearly unchecked attacks against the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic politicians who support it, health care reform advocates are going up on air with a forceful counter-punch against Republican Obamacare politics.

Patriot Majority USA — a liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group — released a new ad in North Carolina on Tuesday, attacking Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

“Senate candidate Thom Tillis sides with health insurance companies. He’d let them deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and raise rates for women needing mammograms,” the ad warns. “Tillis supports a plan that would end Medicare as we know it, and force seniors to spend up to $1,700 more for prescriptions. Thom Tillis. He’s with the special interests. Hurting North Carolina families.”

Notably, the ad does not use the words “Affordable Care Act,” “Obamacare,” or even “reform.” Instead, it attempts to remind viewers of how the health care system looked like before the law that Tillis calls “a cancer on our national economy,” and which he promises to fully repeal once elected to the Senate.

There is a clear political logic to Patriot Majority’s ad; although the law itself does not poll well, attempting to fully repeal it is even less popular among voters.

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) could use all the help that she can get in her re-election race; early polling finds her narrowly trailing Tillis, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to oppose her in November. Furthermore, Hagan has already been the subject of over 3,500 attack ads from the right-wing dark money group Americans for Prosperity (in addition to plenty of anti-Obamacare attacks from Tillis).

The Patriot Majority ad could end up being a blueprint for other vulnerable Democrats such as Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) to follow as they defend themselves on the health care law. But there is reason for Democrats to worry that the message could be drowned out by conservative spending. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent points out, Patriot Majority’s ad is backed by a $500,000 buy; by contrast, AFP has already spent $7.2 million on ads attacking Senator Hagan. Although Hagan has been AFP’s top target so far, similar spending imbalances exist in other key Senate races — threatening to tilt the playing field in favor of GOP challengers.

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31 Responses to WATCH: Democrats Have Found An Obamacare Counterattack

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  2. Stuff like this is why we need a “contribution sunshine law” so we can see who is backing adverts like the Republicans smear campaigns. And before you complain about Democrats doing the same, remember, Republican “smear campaigns” run on rumor and innuendo while Democrats use the published words of the Republicans against themselves.

    • Actually, it’s why we need a total ban on corporate contributions to any political entity, or any participation in or encouragement for, efforts to raise “individual” donations, or – ideally – a ban on all donations, a ban on political ads, free broadcast time for candidates, requirements the the candidate be required to personally utter the smears on his or her opponent, that is, be SEEN as well as heard personally making the attack, and a limitation on the length of the campaign season. [Mis-]Ruling our country should not be a profit-making endeavor for anyone.
      Sunshine laws are pretty meaningless; how many people will take the trouble to see who gives, and what can they really do to punish those who contribute to rotten candidates? Run more smear ads against them? Who pays for that, and who stops them from smearing companies and individuals on false pretenses?
      The problems are
      1) Corporations are not, and never have been “persons,” and are entitled to NONE of the rights guaranteed “persons” in the Constitution.
      2) Money is not, and never has been, speech. It is all too often a tool of the powerful for shouting down and silencing the legitimate speech of persons guaranteed the right to free speech; at best it is a HUGE corrupting influence.

      • You have to look at contributions on a small scale.. Say you want a specific job, someone(s) approach you and tell you they will contribute to your attempt to get that job.. Will they be doing this out of generosity or is something else at play? And you, say with their help you get that job.. Will you go on your merry way or will you have a feeling that you owe them something? On a large scale this is what’s going on in politics.. These billionaires and conglomerates aren’t contributing to see you win but to win themselves because along with the winner’s underlying feeling that they owe them, they will enhance that belief by ‘suggesting’ ideas that will profit them whether it goes toward or against your campaign promises.. I say eliminate contributions all together.. Let these politicians invest in themselves by using their own money (capped) and the monies that the IRS collect voluntarily from workers on their tax return, PERIOD.. We don’t need a small group of people controlling what our elected officials believe, say and do.

    • Obviously you’re well-insured, lots of pocket money and perfect health. Well, you are in the minority, my friend. No one is telling you to buy into ACA but keep your idiotic points of view to yourself. You are not helping society with your anti-everything that helps the 99% to be healthy.

    • You are wasting your time, that is not going to happen. The law is here to stay and will only get stronger, 3.3 million Americans across the Country now rely on it.

    • Too late fool! The Affordable Care Act is in effect, its been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, and more than 3.3 million people have signed up. Like Social Security and Medicare – – both of which the Republicans opposed and tried to repeal, and some are still trying to repeal – – the Affordable Care Act is here to stay! Get used to it!!

  3. IMO the strategy of Dems should be to work their butts off to reach out and get people enrolled. Once people are able to access health care then all the negative advertising in the world would be moot and of little effect.

    • Some states passed laws that sign up could not be held in their government building and by their people, so people had to find ways to get people sign up and go around the state laws and not break the laws. Yet these same republicans governors called the president a dictator, who sounds like a dictator and by the way, the same republicans governors, are on verge on seeing their hospitals closing. Closing because they are losing money from taking of the poor and the uninsured and they have went to their state representatives and governors begging for them to sign for the ACA and medicaid expansion. But it is falling on deaf ear, it is like they don’t care, even when they are shown facts and figures they are so filled with hate they can’t see straight. Denying these people healthcare should be the key to make them a wise decision at the ballot box because you can bet as more people from the other states that are getting the healthcare talk about it, it is going to sink in even more. It is going to be the word of mouth from the friends, family, coworkers, neighboring states, enemies states, telling what deals they got from the ACA and bragging about it will the change come .

  4. There are lies, damn lies and then there are Republican lies! Unfortunately in the marketplace of ideas the twisted tongue speak of Republican lies are easiest to remember. Something about the GOP lies spouted by a fairy godfather that are easier to remember. Sort of like all of those John Birch Society pamphlets Fred Koch read to his two favorite sons at bedtime each night.

    Go Patriot Majority! (Alas how both sides have scrubbed the luster from that beautiful word Patriot.) Jump in feet first with your political long knives. At last the Democrats may be awaking to the fact that it is time to get into the game. It seems that the average low information voter can only remember the last “bumper sticker slogan” he or she heard prior to arriving at the polling place.

    • I agree but I hate to see Democrats having to play the Republican game. It’s sort of like when the terrorists forced us to curtail some of out freedoms.

  5. People, do not play games with your supreme Power( The VOTE along with your Crital thinking) monies can do you no harm. Why? are we talking about things that is good for the People’s Democracy. Who? are these People that has negetive opinons about Every America having Obamacare. Think People there is Nothing you can’t solve with (Critical Thinking) this style of management of your Life, Works, please believe me, I have been managing my life these last fifteen yeas, and I feel that I will reach a (100 years) easly that is only (16 years) away, and the best part about my trip, I am in the best health because I have Obamacare and Social Security(Democracy Works) I believe you have succeeded in life When? all you really Want? is only What? you really Need (Vernon Howard) Thank You are the magic words with me. I Love Ya All. Check-out Webster’s Democracy VS Plutocracy Do Not let MONIES fake you out. Mr. C. E. KING

    • With that philosophy.. Do you honestly think the ‘other side’ will do you any better? Think again! Remember, what they want to destroy, cut, amend and take from us they have nothing to replace it with and when their ilk were in charge in the ’20s and ’30s everyone but the elite suffered and this time there will be no FDR to come in and rescue us from the beast (corporate vultures).

    • No the majority of the american people uses OBAMACARE/ACA,be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertian, Black, White, all races are using it everyone who can sign up are signing up. Even those over 26yrs of ages, even those who are not on medicaid, even private paid. They are not asking people who they vote for, they don’t care about that, you can register too vote though, which is a good thing.

      • Only people who are getting a free ride from people who pay tens of thousands of dollars more for their insurance policies are using Obamacare, which no doctor will accept so they receive substandard medical care.

        • I’ve read several of your “posts”, alboy5. I have a question for you: can you recall the last time you told the truth about anything? (If, indeed, you EVER have.) Just curious. I get the impression that if you ever have told the truth, you would lie about it.

  6. I want to point out that National Memo moderators have correctly decided to protect us from posts that are simply inappropriate.

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  7. Henry Decker is right on traget when he writes:

    “After months of nearly unchecked attacks against the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic politicians who support it, health care reform advocates are going up on air with a forceful counter-punch against Republican Obamacare politics…..Patriot Majority USA — a liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group — released a new ad in North Carolina on Tuesday, attacking Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act……The Patriot Majority ad could end up being a blueprint for other vulnerable Democrats such as Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) to follow as they defend themselves on the health care law. But there is reason for Democrats to worry that the message could be drowned out by conservative spending. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent points out, Patriot Majority’s ad is backed by a $500,000 buy; by contrast, AFP has already spent $7.2 million on ads attacking Senator Hagan. Although Hagan has been AFP’s top target so far, similar spending imbalances exist in other key Senate races — threatening to tilt the playing field in favor of GOP challengers.

    ACA is a fact and it will not be repealed..

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