Americans for Prosperity — a 501(c)(4) “dark money” group that was co-founded by David Koch, and spent more than $36 million on the 2012 elections — is turning its attention to the 2014 midterms with three new ads attacking incumbent Democratic senators for their support of the Affordable Care Act.
The ads target Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), attempting to tie the legislators to President Obama’s “Lie of the Year” that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
The anti-Hagan ad features Sheila A. Salter, whose insurance policy was canceled under the new law:
The anti-Landrieu and anti-Shaheen ads feature video of the senators voicing their agreement with President Obama’s statement:
Despite what the ads suggest, according to a report from the minority staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, just about 10,000 Americans will completely lose health coverage due to the Affordable Care Act — significantly fewer than the millions that Republicans often claim. Still, the “Lie of the Year” can safely be expected to form the backbone of the right’s anti-Obamacare campaigns (the new Americans for Prosperity spot is not even the first ad to use the “you can keep your insurance if you like it” line against Senator Shaheen).
The Republican Party considers Hagan and Landrieu top targets in the upcoming midterm elections, and in all probability needs to win their red-state seats in order to gain a Senate majority. Shaheen has stronger polling numbers, but is likely to face an expensive, high-profile challenge from former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown.