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Republican groups have lined up millions to saturate the airwaves in key states (which states? The ones that have the most uninsured, of course! or "vulnerable" Democratic senators) to lie about and to make people frightened of Obamacare. You might have missed the creepiest ad ever, in which Generation Opportunity (aka, the Kochs) try to convince young women that getting an annual exam with Obamacare will be evil. That campaign is going to cost about  $750,000, with the Koch lackeys going around the country to college campuses failing to relate to America's young adults. But that effort, and that $750,000, is just a drop in the bucket.
Also on Thursday, a second conservative group called Americans for Prosperity launched its latest anti-Obamacare ad at a cost of $3 million. The ad—running in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia—features a conservative activist and two-time cancer survivor named Tricia and suggests Obamacare could limit the treatment options available to cancer patients.
Actually, it's the Republicans' sequester that's limiting cancer treatments, if you want to be, you know, truthful about it. While the administration doesn't have the kind of money for broadcast outreach that the Kochs do, it does have a $44 million budget for outreach and education, little of which will be on the airwaves.

That's where the states, and some of the most fun, come in. Making a splash in the media for being "trippy" is Oregon, with it's very Oregon-oriented campaign.

For the doubters, Oregon is well ahead of the curve on health care reform, and they're pretty receptive to the quirky. They'll do just fine with this ad. Their neighbors to the north, Washington, takes a pretty light-hearted approach, too.
But for pure hokey fun, Minnesota has to take the prize with their Paul Bunyan campaign.

Republican fear and anger and creepiness will fail with most people, something that Republicans steeped in fear and anger and creepiness just don't grasp. Where all that fails, engagement and humor will prevail. And ultimately, so will Obamacare.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 02:56 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 02:56:12 PM PDT

  •  I am sooooooo jealous ... (7+ / 0-)

    why can't we have cool ads and a trippy name for Obamacare here in Indiana? Huh? Huh???

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:48:40 PM PDT

    •  Nah, no fun for Hoosiers ... (5+ / 0-)

      instead we get this infuriating email from our new Congresswoman Susan Brooks:

      Today I was proud to vote in favor of legislation that defunds Obamacare, reduces spending  and keeps the government running through a short-term Continuing Resolution. It's the right thing to do for millions of Americans who are suffering from President Obama's misguided economic policies and unprecedented takeover of our healthcare system.

      It's now the responsibility of the U.S. Senate to listen to the majority of Americans who oppose Obamacare and believe the government is spending too much. They have an opportunity to help restore faith in our elected leaders and I urge them to take advantage of it.

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:51:30 PM PDT

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    •  But just a half hour ago (2+ / 0-)
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      a local TV 'news' program ran a story saying that the ads cost a lot of money, but didn't do anything to sign people up.  Not true of course, and the woman they interviewed was very clear about the ads making in people aware of the exchange and directing them to where they can find the info.

      We are the state that hasn't let a Republican near statewide office for 20 years.

      •  Don't get too cocky (0+ / 0-)

        NC had only had 2 R governors in the last century until Art Pope bought the governor's mansion for Pat McCrony last November.  And the GOP dominated legislature has kicked the navigators out, refused Medicaid expansion and is currently trying to privatize Medicaid in general.  Fortunately, the political stooges that McCrony has ushered into senior staff positions at DHHS probably couldn't find heir own asses with a six-man search party, so hopefully their incompetence will keep them from doing very much of any consequence until we can get shut of them.

        But the ads in NC really need to put some information out there because otherwise the folks here aren't going to get it.

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 07:00:24 AM PDT

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  •  those darned navi-'gators (5+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:56:48 PM PDT

  •  It seems reasonable that people in rump states (8+ / 0-)

    trying to destroy Obamacare are in for a rude awakening when people in other states that are embracing it get lower-cost insurance and better coverage.

    Facts have a liberal bias, remember.

    And, since this gulf only widens the already noticeable "creative class" distance between blue and red states, these GOPer states are just digging themselves deeper into backasswardness.

    Not that that will matter. They are taking a collective ideologic position, and they're going to reap what they sow.

  •  No Rethug LIE About Obamacare Is Too Great! (0+ / 0-)

    Obamacare = Rpmneycare = conservative Heritage Foundation health care

    The Party of Stupid just can't dumb down enough.

  •  The insurance companies and pharma are... (0+ / 0-)

    ...big Obamacare winners and they do have money.  Are they putting out or paying for propaganda in favor of Obamacare?  Is the Koch bros money the only big anti-Obamacare money? I need to understand. Thanks.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:23:28 PM PDT

    •  No, because they want to be free to be.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...unhealthy and to reap unhealthy profits. They will put their money on Republicans in 14 and 16 and bet on having Obamcare relaxed or reversed so they profit more greatly.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:35:41 PM PDT

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  •  OMG I love that MN ad (6+ / 0-)

    that is just so cute. And funny.

    I doubt we'll have anything like that. We rarely have ads that target this state, though sometimes there are some on cable.

    But the charts for coverage are out, I saw them in the paper today. More than I would have expected, but if you have to buy insurance as an individual, probably about what you pay now for similar coverage.

    The yearly out of pocket caps are going to be a huge help for some people too. As are the subsidies.

    I'm sure things will be adjusted as time goes on, and I suspect prices will come down some as well.

  •  AARP August/September issue has a nice outline (8+ / 0-)

    of the benefits of Obamacare.

    The law:

    Eliminates lifetime limits on essential medical expenses;

    Prohibits insurers from dropping your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick--or from denying coverage if you have a present condition;

    Ensures that your child can stay on your health plan until age 26; and

    Caps annual out of pocket medical and drug expenses up to an estimated $6400 for individuals and $12,800 for families.

  •  The republicans have vote against it (6+ / 0-)

    numerous time, and they've repealed it 40 times and they've sabotaged it, and they've taken it to court and they've appealed it to the highest court, and still today Obamacare stands tall and proud.

    Anyone still thinking that wanting to own a gun is normal? Wanting to own a gun is an immediate indicator that you should be the last person to have one.

    by pollbuster on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:26:29 PM PDT

  •  Omg, lol (5+ / 0-)

    Now I need to move to MN.  What a great ad, lol.

    Laughed til I cried, as I am in WI.  I get no healthcare - just Scott Wanker telling me I can go die under a bridge.  Sigh.

    Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore. John Prine -8.00,-5.79

    by Miss Blue on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:28:12 PM PDT

  •  I will not sleep tonight -- visions of rabid (0+ / 0-)

    raccoons will chase my sleepy time dreams clean away.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:31:21 PM PDT

  •  Oregon. (0+ / 0-)

    You're kidding right. Free to be healthEE? How about a completely content-free ad with cartoon people flying about in herky jerky fashion and putting the accent in healthy on the wrong syllable. Putrid. And a continuing lesson in why we can't compete in messaging.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:33:37 PM PDT

    •  I take it you are not one of the (6+ / 0-)

      "young invincibles" they are targeting and that you've never been to Oregon.  I have a brother in Oregon who raises a certain cash crop with a wife who is an RN - they both loved the ad.  It might not play in Peoria, but it seems to just fine in Portland.

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:05:28 PM PDT

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      •  Been there many times. (0+ / 0-)

        Urbane, worldy sophisticate who knows a really bad version of "Yellow Submarine" when he sees it. Knocked around Portland just last September with Grindr on my iPhone. Connected with a young invincible or two. They are not stupid.

        This ad says nothing about the benefits of health insurance, how little it will cost those who are subsidized and why young invincibles should get health insurance rather than take the cheaper tax hit.

        Do you have to be stoned to get the message of the ad? I know our youth are smarter than this.

        DKOS isn't a rah-roh club where we all break out our pom-poms not matter WHAT our team is doing. This add wouldn't play in Peoria or in Milwaukee -- Milwaukee, Oregon that is.

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 07:55:10 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, but Milwaukie (correct spelling) Oregon (2+ / 0-)
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          is in Clackamas County - the county that voted NOT to pay a $5 per year fee to fix the bridge on which 2/3 of the traffic comes from them.  They left it for Multnomah County to pay for it.  So much for that personal responsibility thing, eh?  They voted to defund light rail (because, as I was told by a CC native, 'Those people will come and rob us.')  They also elected two RWNJs to the County Commission who promptly tried to close a bunch of their meetings, contrary to Oregon's Open Meetings Law.

          so, you are correct that Milwaukie Oregon probably doesn't like the ad or Obamacare.  But you can bet that they will take advantage of the insurance exchange once it opens.

          •  Oh god.... (0+ / 0-)

            ....and I'll bet they all ran out and increased their guns and ammo supply after that horrible thing at the Town Center. I visited that place looking for a tie for a wedding and the next week was the shooting.

            You are right -- I couldn't spell Milwaukee wrong!

            If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

            by Bensdad on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 09:56:57 PM PDT

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  •  It amazes me that the Republicans who show over (5+ / 0-)

    and over that they are obsessed with women's sexual and reproductive apparatus, choose to create a creepy vagina obsessed Uncle Sam ad to prove it once again.

    My guess is that that ad will do the Republicans PR pitch more harm than good.

    What's creepy is that Republicans sit around and think about things like that and apparently think that those kinds of thoughts are "normal."

    •  Check out Generation Opportunity page on FaceBook (5+ / 0-)

      It is a complete fail.  Even the Koch money can't save this fail.

      Only 8 people "liked" the Uncle Sam creepy ad and only 2 shared it, one negatively.  90% of comments were negative.  Of the few positive comments, most came from Generation Opportunity's own staff members.  They have ZERO traction on FaceBook where I guess they hoped to find the generation they are targeting.  

      I am so proud of the "young invincibles" who are fighting back on FaceBook and dominating the conversation on PPACA.  And they know what they are talking about, too!  They keep correcting the lies and myths and pointing out that Generation Opportunity is bankrolled by the Koch brothers and run by the guy who brought forced ultrasounds to 14 states last year...Bryan Slater.  Oh, the irony.

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:56:11 PM PDT

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    •  What I find so ironic about these ads.... (3+ / 0-)
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      is that it's Republicans pushing mandatory ultrasounds (aka putting the government in my vagina).

      Repealing Obamacare and cutting spending is not an economic plan.

      by SuzieQ4624 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 07:39:42 PM PDT

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  •  "Babe! Get your blue ox over here!" (3+ / 0-)
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    Man, I needed the laugh right about now, as I watch my life descend into a Greek Tragedy.

  •  Awesome (0+ / 0-)

    The Oregon exchange folks must have put exhaustive research into the most effective way to piss off the Republican healthcare haters.

    One can only imagine the claw marks on the door of the focus group's conference room.

  •  And THEY insisted on calling it OBAMACARE!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:38:35 PM PDT

  •  all this energy expended (3+ / 0-)
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    to stop something that will help.  truly it makes no sense.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 05:40:07 PM PDT

  •  Oh. Really? (1+ / 0-)
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    "a conservative activist and two-time cancer survivor named Tricia and suggests Obamacare could limit the treatment options available to cancer patients."

    I'm not sure if she's talking about the insurance available through the exchanges or ongoing employer-based group plans.  

    If it's the former, my question is what kind of treatment  options do cancer patients have who don't have insurance and who aren't independently wealthy?  That would be none.  I'd also say that treatment options are also limited for former cancer patients who can't get insurance due to having a pre-existing condition.

    If it's the latter, I'm again unsure what she means. As someone who just had breast cancer earlier this year (over 3 years after ACA was signed into law) the only thing that limited my options were the typical rules of insurance.  You have to stay in-network to get the most coverage.  Nothing new there.

    So I don't know her resolution,  but neither the pre-ACA system nor the stale GOP proposals would make life any easier for cancer patients.

    •  Every 3rd commercial on TV in the Houston market (0+ / 0-)

      which is home to MD Anderson Cancer Center, probably THE premier cancer hospital, is for Cancer Treatment Centers of American in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It's a private for profit cancer hospital that apparently doesn't have enough customers.  They are practically begging for customers.  

      The for-profit private health care industry is similar to the for-profit college industry - it's not as good as what we already have and is hoping to be part of the government handout.  I don't know for sure, but the ads have me wondering if the for-profit hospitals are going to be squeezed out due to Obamacare.  I don't know enough about it, but I'm thinking that may be the case.  

      Could "Tricia" be a referring to the private for-profit hospitals?

      Good luck with your treatment - I hope you get better soon!

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:13:51 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

        Actually, my prognosis is very good due to it being caught early...a concern when they're talking about moving mammograms to every 2 years, even for those of us over 50. I realize lots of these cancers are slow growers, but mine was just a couple centimeters away from being Stage 2, so who really knows what delays might mean.

        Yes, I'd be interested in learning more about these Cancer Centers of America.  I see a lot of their commercials as well. I'm not sure what they offer that is so different, but the commercials make it sound like their clientele was told there was no hope by their doctors so they came to one of these centers and everything turned out just fine.  Hmmm..

  •  I wonder if these ads will backfire? (3+ / 0-)
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    ferg, True North, rl en france

    They are constantly reminding low information listeners that there is insurance available for them.

  •  And we are doing what? (0+ / 0-)

    Hoping that the truth will prevail, because falsehood and villainy always meet their just ends?

    Just asking.

  •  Please help mass shooting victims get Insurance (0+ / 0-)

    Please sign my petition. I am trying to get mass shooting and terrorism victims health coverage as dependents on Congress' health plan. Please sign my petition. Only 7 more signatures and it goes out to a wider MoveOn audience.

  •  ACA is here to stay (0+ / 0-)

    While the GOP keeps voting to defund the healthcare law the rest of the country is moving in the right direction.

    CEO of

  •  Fear about the ACA is being stoked by the Koch (1+ / 0-)
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    Kentucky DeanDemocrat

    brothers to defeat vulnerable Democrats - we need to respond vigorously to these attacks on the ACA. This is how Republicans get away with lying, because Democrats fail to respond to their smear campaigns. The DNC or OFA should be putting out ads in the states the Kochs have targeted with a simple ad, such as: "thanks to the ACA, people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be turned down for health care coverage. Thanks to the ACA, there are no more lifetime limits on coverage. Thanks to the ACA, health insurers must spend a certain amount of your premium dollars on health care coverage, not on CEO salaries. Thanks to the ACA, people who don't have health insurance through work, won' t have to go to the emergency room when they need to see a doctor - they can now get coverage through a state sponsored exchange. It is not that difficult to explain, the Democrats need to get cracking on this!

  •  Sequester (0+ / 0-)

    "'s the Republicans' sequester that's limiting cancer treatments, if you want to be, you know, truthful about it."

    If you have to say something's truthful, then it probably isn't and that's the case with the above statement. The sequester was initiated by Democrats and they provided the majority vote for the act in the Senate, 45 to 28.  Some Republicans voted for it in a desperate attempt to make the govt. reduce at least some of the profligate spending (that's your tax dollars for you low information voters) going on by the current administration (that's President Obama's administration for you low information voters).  

    Secondly, Republicans had no control over what spending was reduced.  There is copious evidence from government memos and statements that they then took the opportunity to start a campaign with various govt. agencies to "make it hurt" as much as possible.  They cherry picked spending cuts solely to start their usual media propaganda of blaming Republicans.  Such is the case with cancer treatment spending cuts.  And cutting the White House tours??  How juvenile!

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