In Louisiana, the Koch brother's Americans for Prosperity was blasted for running anti-Obamacare ads featuring paid actors to play Louisiana residents telling "their" stories about how Obamacare had harmed them. After being called out for that, AFP apparently decided they'd better start using real people. So, in New Harmpshire their ads are doing just that. Real people who also happen to be Republican activists.
The real people AFP found are Donna Marzullo and Helen DePrima. In one of the ads, Marzullo laments the loss of her existing plan, focusing on the unfortunate "you can keep your plan" promise made by President Obama. DePrima says she lost her secondary health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, and that her cost for prescription drugs increased. Who are these women?
Marzullo is married to the vice chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, J.P. Marzullo, and is herself the vice chair of the Contoocook Valley Republican Committee. She was also a member of former Rep. Charlie Bass' (R-N.H.) Women's Coalition.Beyond the obvious fact that these women are not representatives of the general public and their concerns about the new law, there's the usual lack of key details and stretched truths contained in the ads, detailed by Granite State Progressive. Like the fact that DePrima is probably covered by Medicare, and that she states in the ad "some of my medications may not be covered" without actually saying that some of her medications are not covered. Or, in the case of Marzullo, that the current plan she says she lost is actually in effect until November, 2014. She says she's not sure if she can go to the doctor or hospital of her choice under Obamacare, but in reality she doesn't know that yet—she hasn't yet chosen a plan under the new law.
DePrima has participated in events for Republican activists in New Hampshire as well, and she even called for Obamacare's repeal shortly after the Supreme Court upheld it in June 2012. "By exposing it as a tax, [Supreme Court Chief Justice John] Roberts made it easier to limit or repeal. Brilliant," DePrima wrote on Facebook at the time. In August 2013, she attended a fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is perhaps the most vocal critic of the health care law in Washington.
Once again, AFP is putting out half-baked half-truths, and attacking those who question the claims made in their ads for being callous toward the women (notice how they're always women?) who are just expressing their concerns about the law, and trying to bully them into silence. Never mind the facts, they've got truthiness.