Americans for Prosperity hits Democrats with Obamacare ads

December 27, 2013

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity released new round of television ads Thursday targeting a pair of House Democrats over the federal health-care law.

The commercials target Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) and Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), who each face potentially tough reelection campaigns. And they offer an early signal of how Republicans plan to tie congressional Democrats who were not around to vote for the health-care law to the issues that have plagued its implementation this year. Neither Democrat was in Congress when the law passed in 2010. 

The Kuster ad urges the congresswoman to "stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people." It features a woman addressing the camera directly. She says the problems with Obamacare go beyond the widely publicized Web site glitches.

"Millions of people have lost their health insurance," the woman says. "Millions of people can't see their own doctors. And millions are paying more and getting less. Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work."

The Nolan ad slams the congressman for voting against repealing the health-care law and cites President Obama's initial claim that all Americans could keep their health-care plans if they wanted to. The ad notes that the fact-checking Web site Politifact judged Obama's claim to be the "Lie of the Year."

Americans for Prosperity said it is spending $600,000 to air the ads.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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