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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Koch brothers’ long, expensive effort to derail Obamacare is taking an exceptionally creepy turn, with a new series of ads featuring Uncle Sam as a threatening gynecologist and proctologist straight out of a horror movie.

The ads, which attempt to dissuade young Americans from purchasing health insurance in a last-ditch effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges — which rely on young, healthy Americans to subsidize sick and elderly Americans with higher health care costs — truly must be seen to be believed.

Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody reports that the ads are part of a broader campaign to make it seem hip to forego health care coverage:

Generation Opportunity, a Virginia-based group that is part of a coalition of right-leaning organizations with financial ties to billionaire businessmen and political activists Charles and David Koch, will launch a six-figure campaign aimed at convincing young people to “opt out” of the Obamacare exchanges. Later this month, the group will begin a tour of 20 college campuses, where they plan to set up shop alongside pro-Obamacare activists such as Enroll America, who are working to sign people up for the insurance exchanges.

Generation Opportunity intends to host events at college football tailgate parties festivals, where “brand ambassadors” (read: hot young people) will pass out beer koozies that read, “opt out,” pizza, and literature about the health care law. Some events may have impromptu dance parties with DJs, complete with games of Cornhole and competitions for prizes, organizers said.

Their message: You don’t have to sign up for Obamacare. And they want students to sign a pledge not get insurance plans set up by the law.

To this point, the right’s longstanding effort to scare young Americans away from the Affordable Care Act — which has included misinformation, silly ads, and gimmicks like burning fictional “Obamacare cards” — has failed to turn young people away from the law. On the contrary: Recent polling has suggested that young people are more receptive to the exchanges than other age groups. Can the Koch brothers’ new message of “if you buy health insurance, Uncle Sam will rape you” turn the tide? It’s theoretically possible, but given the track record of similarly over-the-top attack ads, it seems highly unlikely.

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50 responses to “WATCH: New Anti-Obamacare Ads Are The Creepiest You’ll Ever See”

  1. WesleyV says:

    Wow are the Republicans projecting here with their mandatory ultrasounds for pregnant women?

  2. Christine says:

    Do they not see how strange it is to say that they stand against the government getting between you and your doctor (which ACA doesn’t do) while simultaneously legislating the kinds of healthcare services that women can receive (which does)?

  3. sigrid28 says:

    My contact with young adults and those in college, who will benefit all of their lives from the provisions of the ACA, is that they enjoy being a part of something, like a health care exchange. They are able to both participate in something and retain their own identities–like joining Facebook. They see the advantages of carrying health insurance themselves so they have more freedom in job selection and career development. They are very health conscious, more likely than their elders to include exercise and healthy eating in their daily routines. And they are up-beat.

    As far the horror film imagery in these ads, these young people have had a steady diet of over-the-top Halloween costumes, horror movies, and specials such as “The Simpson’s Scary, Scary, Scary Halloween.” When they see these ads, they see something to make them laugh or maybe snicker. I don’t see anything in these ads that will make them change their minds.

  4. Robert Haugh says:

    What complete boobs they are, to believe that educated people would do anything but laugh derisively at this at this foolishness.

  5. montanabill says:

    Selling Obamacare to the gullible:

    President Obama July, 22, 2009:
    “So part of what we want to do is to free doctors, patients, hospitals to make decisions based on what’s best for patient care — and that’s the whole idea behind Mayo, that’s the whole idea behind the Cleveland Clinic. I’m going to be visiting your hometown
    tomorrow to go to the Cleveland Clinic to show — to show why their system
    works so well. And part of the reason it works well is because they’ve set up a system where patient care is the number-one concern, not bureaucracy, what forms have to be filled out, what do we get reimbursed for. Those are changes that I think the American people want to see.”

    Reality – Sept. 20, 2013: (Reuters)
    – The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday it would cut jobs and
    slash five to six percent of its $6 billion annual budget to prepare for President
    Barack Obama’s health reforms.

    I suppose the Koch Bros must have bought the Cleveland Clinic just to make the President look bad.

    • WhutHeSaid says:

      So this is your true aspiration, yes? To become as wealthy as David and Charles Koch, whose companies are among the country’s biggest polluters. Who oppose healthcare for other people but appreciate the best care that money can buy for themselves? Men who tell victims of natural disasters to ‘suck it up’? To become a gluttonous, over-bloated slob at the expense of everyone else?

      No wonder the social responsibility of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet sends you into fits of uncontrolled rage. They represent the antithesis of the greedy, bloated, deadbeat slobs like David and Charles Koch. How dare they think of social responsibility when there are yet family, friends, and neighbors to cheat and exploit?

      • montanabill says:

        I bet you read all that somewhere. The Koch’s probably do get the best care they can find as would Gates and Buffett, but neither you or I would know that for sure. Nor do you have the slightest notion of what their lives are really like, where and how they spend their money, what all charities they support or any other details of their lives except what you read from outrageously biased and slanted stories, written that way because the Koch brothers support conservative causes. Buffett is a ‘convenient’ friend of Obama, so you don’t see stories about his tax machinations or opposition to Obamacare.
        By the way, you know full well the opposition to government supporting slackers such as yourself has nothing to do with natural disaster victims.

        • WhutHeSaid says:

          To Charles and David Koch, you are just another undeserving serf to be exploited. While you do your level best to imitate them by cheating your friends and neighbors, they are busy exploiting your starstruck admiration with every intention of taking your tiny little pile of goodies when the time is ripe.

          That’s the one thing that selfish, deadbeat slobs never seem to grasp: the other greedy slobs have no qualms about fleecing them.

          Instead of worrying about stealing the milk from hungry babies, you should get busy putting your fellow Montanans to work so that they will stop slurping up all of the tax dollars from the liberal states.

          • montanabill says:

            I bet you check under your bed every night just to make sure one of those boogie men isn’t there. They might get out and steal the nickel in your piggy bank.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            You see? That’s exactly what people like you don’t understand. Since I don’t spend my every waking moment worrying about shiny nickels in the first place, I don’t have nightmares about ‘boogeymen’ coming to steal them from me. It’s always the cheat who worries most about being cheated.

        • Justin Napolitano says:

          I know what they are by their actions. They are the most selfish and self centered people on the planet. Do you remember what happened to Maria Antoinette? Well the Kock brothers with their let them eat cake attitude are just asking for a revolution that might just end their selfish ways.

          • montanabill says:

            If those of us who earn money didn’t pay taxes, how would you eat?

          • Justin Napolitano says:

            Well Bill, some of us are independently wealthy. What are you?

          • montanabill says:

            Just a guy who grew up in poverty, learned to work at age 10, worked my way through school, worked for small companies and large companies, been laid off and fired, started businesses and failed, started businesses and succeeded. Overcame cancer and polio. Never got a dime of government money. Never wanted a dime of government money. So I don’t have much sympathy for people who whine.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            …whined MontanaBill, while enjoying the fruits of a life-long stream of public benefits paid for by people who didn’t whine nearly as much.

          • montanabill says:

            You love these benefits so much, it would be nice if you would pitch in.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            You know full well that I’ve paid into that system for many years. I don’t really mind contributing my share, that is, right up until the time that some deadbeat shows an ungrateful and selfish attitude.

          • montanabill says:

            You are entirely too defensive about those on the dole. So one can easily conclude that you might be one of those. As repeated many times, I and most of the people I know have no problem helping those who truly need it. The problem is that that is about 1/10 of those getting it now.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            No, I only seem defensive to you because you don’t understand social responsibility. I don’t collect any government payments of any kind – but you do. As for indirect benefits, I, unlike you, appreciate the opportunities that were available to me as an American thanks to the social responsibility and generosity of other Americans.

            People who are greedy and selfish, or who cheat others, are always mystified by honesty, generosity and charity. This is why you howl with outrage about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, because their honesty and integrity seems like treason to a cheat.

          • montanabill says:

            You don’t understand social responsibility. Social responsibility is exactly what it says, “society”, not government. Generosity, charity and pitching in to help are individual choices. Each person should be able to make their own decisions as to what charities to support, how to help neighbors who could use help and how much they can afford to donate. You and other liberals who want government to do it are simply abdicating your person responsibilities. The very people you claim I’m howling against, which never been the case except in your mind, are the very people who make personal choices about their charities and social responsibilities. Neither of them have turned their personal fortunes over to the government for redistribution.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            It’s clear to me that YOU don’t understand the meaning of social responsibility. Your participation is not always voluntary, nor should it be. When a society believes that something is important enough to be compulsory it becomes law. We have places for those who refuse to abide by the wishes of society: prison.

            Even for things that are not compulsory, it’s usually fairly easy to spot those who do not act responsibly. Charles Dickens wrote a story about just such a person – you should know the story by heart.

            I don’t take liberal positions on everything, but if you believe that favoring breaks for those who are faced with starvation or extreme poverty over breaks for the wealthy is a liberal value then you can count me in. Need trumps greed in my book, and I don’t mind one little bit if that principle is compulsory. I have to pay more, sure, but I’m willing to do it. You aren’t, and that’s the difference between us.

          • montanabill says:

            Thank you for straightening me out, Kim. I guess that is why we need over 6 ft of shelf space just to hold the volumes that lists the U.S. Code (laws) only by title. Heaven forbid if we don’t have enough laws to compel people to do as ‘society’ demands. There is another difference between us. I like to get something positive for my ‘contribution’, not just provide support for some slacker who got someone to fill out paper for them.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            Just imagine how I feel when I think about my hard-earned money going to a greedy, ungrateful cheat.

          • InsaniaFactusMirus says:

            “When a society believes that something is important enough to be compulsory it becomes law. We have places for those who refuse to abide by the wishes of society: prison.”
            How do you think this is related to “social responsibility”? Define it please.
            “Even for things that are not compulsory, it’s usually fairly easy to spot those who do not act responsibly.”
            By whose standards?
            “Need trumps greed in my book, and I don’t mind one little bit if that principle is compulsory.”
            In what way is “need” a “principle”?
            Please define it.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            I’m going to pass on your questions. I may disagree with
            Montanabill on quite a few things, but I respect his honesty and sincerity – both qualities that you apparently lack.

          • InsaniaFactusMirus says:

            I see…you refuse to clarify statements you made and by doing so deflect from the topic by questioning my honesty and sincerity…

            My honesty and sincerity are in question by you because I asked you to clarify your statements?
            I see, seems like a dodge to me

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            You may see it as a dodge. I see it as my unwillingness to engage in a dialogue with a grown adult who apparently can’t understand how the laws made by a society relate to social responsibility or how putting the needs of the destitute before the wants of the greedy can be a principle. In my estimation, at least one of the following is true:

            1. You are exceptionally dim-witted.
            2. You are exceptionally stoned.
            3. You are feigning ignorance, presumably in an attempt to display a misguided smug superiority.

            My personal guess is that all three are true. Now, I don’t believe in discriminating against the intellectually challenged, nor do I believe I’m qualified to judge your chemical, ah, ‘proclivities’. But the combination of all three is just intolerably boring. I hope you can forgive me.

          • InsaniaFactusMirus says:

            Indeed a dodge by you, introducing unsubstantiated red-herrings to deflect from my query…
            To define what “social responsibility” is and explain how “greed” and “need” are defined as a “principle”.
            Which undermines your argument… I guess I can understand why you refuse to provide this information because it’s not conducive to your argument…

    • Lisztman says:

      Reality, montanabill:

      Did you actually read the Reuters article?

      I don’t know whose decision this was at the CC — or what, if any, their politics are. But I know one thing for certain:

      Per the Reuters article: According to Eileen Sheil, Executive Director of Corporate Communications for the CC Foundation: “‘We know we are going to be reimbursed less,’ under Medicaid.”

      Okay, America. Either Ms. Sheil has been drinking the Kool-Aid, or someone has an axe to grind. The Federal Government does NOT, repeat, NOT, determine the Medicaid reimbursement schedule to providers. While the Federal budget makes provision for sending money to the states, any change, or deficiency, in the state’s reimbursement schedule reflects handling of Medicaid within the state.

      In other words — either Ms. Sheil needs better information; or someone at the Cleveland Clinic wanted to cut expenditures (positions) and found it convenient to blame it on the ACA; or someone at Reuters has a bug up his/her butt about the ACA and went looking for a story that didn’t exist.

      It’s interesting that the CC already knows what will happen to Medicaid payments in Ohio. It’s also interesting that, while it thinks it will receive less in Medicaid support, it failed to mention how much will be gained by not having to treat uninsured individuals (each of which is a total financial loss). Why, oh why, would a Medicaid patient “earn” less in reimbursement? Unless, of course, someone in Columbus decided to reduce the Medicaid budget and “conveniently” blame it on Obamacare?

      • montanabill says:

        Perhaps you had better write her and tell her how to run the clinic. Oh, and while you are at it, write the Ohio legislature and tell them that Obamacare won’t cost the state a single thing.

  6. nomoretraitors says:

    I saw the use of the word “creepy” on MSNBC’s Facebook page. I guess Soros has you guys well trained, huh?

    • WhutHeSaid says:

      It’s called ‘English’, so there’s no reason for alarm. You may go back inside your trailer now.

      • nomoretraitors says:

        You spell what “whut” and you’re lecturing me about English? Or is that the new ebonics?
        And my point was you liberals all think alike, just like all fascists marching in lock step.
        And I don’t live in a trailer, libtard

        • Lynda Groom says:

          When your argument consists of ‘lib’ this and ‘lib’ that you’ve already lost the argument.

          • nomoretraitors says:

            Perhaps if I said “teabagger” you’d feel better, right?

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            The term ‘Tea-Bigot’ would be more accurate.

          • nomoretraitors says:

            For examples of bigotry check out the anti-Semitism of the Occupy Movement (as documented in “Occupy Wall St: The Communist Movement Reborn, available at

            And please don’t tell me you’re one of the mindless sheep who actually believes class warfare creates jobs. It does not, except for the instigators. And that’s the only people they care about — themselves.

            Perhaps you might want to ask yourself why George Soros wants to destroy the very system that made him the 35th richest man in the world, and why he didn’t stay in Hungary where he could have enjoyed “socialism” for another 3 1/2 decades.

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            For vile and despicable Tea-Bigots, it seems rather important to create a diversion to draw attention elsewhere. You really should worry instead about a group of people whose only reason to exist is racist hate of Americas first black President. Every other Tea Party issue is just a lie.

        • WhutHeSaid says:

          Oh, sure you don’t. And you don’t drive a pickup truck or drink beer. And you never, ever farted in church. Am I right?

          • nomoretraitors says:

            Don’t drive a pickup, don’t drink beer, except for 1 on rare occassion. (farting in church, well……..)

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            Methinks you are in grave danger of getting your tri-cornered hat snatched way from you. Let me give you this simple Tea-Party loyalty test to see if you still qualify:

            1. You hate Obama — because he’s black.
            2. You deny hating Obama because he’s black, but can offer no other real reason.
            3. You consider anyone with more than 5 teeth an ‘uppity Yankee’.
            4. You once dated your brother (or sister, perhaps), but found out you had nothing in common.
            5. You have benefited from public programs all your life, but squeal like a stuck pig about paying your taxes when they are the lowest in history.
            6. You get riled up over people calling your home a trailer, preferring instead ‘location-optional prefabricated home’.
            7. You barely have two nickels to rub together, yet somehow you still identify with billionaire slobs because you wish you were just like them.
            8. You and the rest of the citizens in your state talk about self-reliance but perpetually slurp up the tax dollars from the hated ‘liberals’ in other states.

            Good luck!

  7. Landsende says:

    First the Koch brothers pour money into the red states so they will pass some of the most restrictive laws regarding women’s rights to choose and women’s health by forcing them to have invasive procedures that they and their doctor do not want and which they have to pay for. Now the Koch brothers are running ads telling young people to keep the government out of their healthcare. They want college students to sign pledges not to get health insurance. Sound familiar? These are the same people that required all republicans to sign a pledge to NEVER raise taxes on the rich. Hopefully young people are smart enough to see through their tactics and realize that they are being manipulated by politicians that don’t care about them and don’t have to worry about getting affordable healthcare which is provided to them by the government.

  8. imabrummie says:

    The more I hear of these brothers and things they say they believe, the more I am convinced they need treatment for some mental condition. Perhaps the Affordable Care Act could be accessed for such treatment . . . after all, it does cover pre-existing conditions!

  9. Lisztman says:

    The (obvious?) answer is for those who favor healthcare reform (and the ACA) to set up shop WITH this, and similar, videos, pointing out the idiocies within. Put the Koch and TP lies out there to see, along with a highly-visible refutation of the lies — and telling the real truth about what is to happen.

    We all know that scare tactics work. In fact, they work all too well. But the scare tactics employed by the right wing, concerning the ACA, are all based in loss of revenue to some number (if not most) insurance companies, not upon the actual needs and concerns of Americans.

    I’d suggest a GREAT, BIG, sign, with an arrow pointing to the Generation Opportunity BS — “If you believe this crap, what the heck are you doing in college?”

  10. Justin Napolitano says:

    Why do the Kock brothers want an unhealthy America? Why doesn’t someone do something to point out their hypocrisy? Why doesn’t someone do away with their lies and stop their nonsense. Perhaps the only way to do that is to wait for them to die.
    Maybe natural causes will speed that process, I mean they are old and useless.

  11. Justin Napolitano says:

    Wow, for the Kock brothers to go to this extreme means that Obamacare is really going to work. They are so scared that they have to resort to lies, misinformation and hypocrisy. I have never seen the Kock’s so worried since the Presidential election, which, of course, they lost.
    You would think with all their power they would be secure but what we see is that they are like little children hiding under their bed telling lies to their parents about shi@tiing their pants.

  12. Justin Napolitano says:

    I was told that a speculum was used to look up the rectum of the Kock brothers and all they found was a filthy diseased head. The doctor said it was fatal but they continued to live anyway getting more putrid every day. The demise of these diseased brothers is yet to be witnessed but will come soon enough. Some say that filth can not live forever.

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