Americans for Prosperity, a national organization that advocates for economic freedom, is unleashing a $9 million advertising campaign to repeal ObamaCare – following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the 2010 Act as a constitutional exercise of Congress’ taxing power.
The 30-second TV commercial will begin airing in a dozen key presidential battleground states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to AFP.
AFP-Colorado held a “Hands off My Healthcare Rally” at the state Capitol in Denver on Friday.
“They’re not going to force something upon us that we don’t want,” said state AFP director Jeff Crank, reported The Denver Post. “We will throw his majesty’s tea into the harbor.”
Meanwhile, the AFP ad campaign “will rely heavily on social media, including YouTube, Facebook, Google and Pandora,” The Daily Caller reported, citing a briefing to reporters given by Tim Phillips, AFP president.
Entitled “Not a Tax,” the ad states:
“President Obama promised us his healthcare law…’is absolutely not a tax increase.’ Now we know that’s not true. Obama’s health-care law is actually one of largest tax increases in history. Shouldn’t Obama’s priorities have been creating jobs and ending reckless spending? Instead he focused on a $2 trillion health care takeover that we have to pay for. How can we afford this tax? We’re already struggling. …”
The ad closes with a call to action – listing the White House comment line, 202-456-1111 and urging viewers to “tell Obama repeal the health care law and pass patient-centered reform.”
In a statement, Phillips said…
“While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, this is far from over. AFP will continue to work to defeat President Obama’s unaffordable, irresponsible, unaccountable law that burdens the American people with a crushing new tax.”
While celebrating the Supreme Court decision, the Obama Administration and its surrogates are clearly struggling on how to explain the massive tax implications, which Americans for Tax Reform pegs at “$500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare.”
“Obama campaign: It’s a penalty, not a tax,” is the headline of a Politico story about Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick’s defense of the heatlh-care mandate to buy insurance, or pay a fine.
“It’s going to be an albatross around our neck,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, reported Fox News. “Let’s stand and defend it.”
[Cross-posted, with revisions, from Tom Intorcio's post on WhoSaid / New Mexico.]