Koch-backed group launches $9 million ad campaign against health law; time to debunk their lies.


Out here in California, I've been seeing anti-EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ad after anti-EPA ad on the Tee Vee machine, sponsored by guess who? The coal industry! Surprise! That has to cost them a pretty penny (and a dirty one).

Now I see the Kochs are walloping the Affordable Care Act with attack ads, and why not? They've got millions upon millions to burn, so why not start smearing and lying now?  Via The Hill:

A conservative advocacy group closely aligned with the Tea Party announced a $9 million swing-state push against President Obama and the healthcare law.

The announcement by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is largely funded by the conservative Koch brothers, comes one day after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the vast majority of the law in a major coup for Obama.

Know what AFP President Tim Phillips said after the court ruling? "This is far from over."

Fine with us. If the GOP wants this to be an issue, let's make it one. We can start with educating voters the way the president did the other day.

A-a-and here come the lies:

The television ad calls the health law "one of the largest tax increases in history" — a refrain expected to form the foundation of GOP arguments against the law as the election draws near.

"Shouldn't President Obama's priorities have been creating jobs and ending reckless spending?" the ad's narrator says.

Time to set the record straight. First let's address the tax increase:

Obamacare includes the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history. According to the independent Congressional Budget Office, 19 million people will receive tax credits worth an average of about $4,800 each to help them afford health care. These tax credits will finally put health insurance within reach for millions of American families.

Psst! KochHeads! It's not a tax increase. And the penalty is not large by any stretch of the imagination: 

The annual penalty is capped at an amount roughly equal  to the cost of the national average premium for a qualified health plan — in other words you cannot be forced to pay more than it would have cost to buy a plan in the first place.

Flat dollar amount for individuals:  $95 in 2014; $325 in 2015; and $695 in 2016; increases indexed to inflation after that, subject to a cap.

Hey, I know! They can call it a flat tax! Then they'd be all for it! Oh, but I kid the RWNJs.

And they might try addressing those vehemently anti-tax comments to their own candidate, since Willard Romney fully supported the same thing he's now against in his plan-with-mandate-and-tax-penalty, too:

As for creating jobs, the president's got that covered, by way of over 4 million private sector jobs; the economy has already added more jobs than in Bush’s first three years in office combined.

Those on the right are telling lies, lies, and more lies. Of course, Team Romney and his supporters would have you believe otherwise. But you know what they say:

  • Kanjishu

    This is just the beginning.  We need a universal healthcare law.  This is the way to start helping those who cannot help themselves by using the subsidies.  We all pay into the system with our taxes.  We need to get something back.  I am personally tired of my tax dollars going to manufacturers of war products (Halliburton).  The defense budget can be reduced along with all the foreign aid to countries that take our money and work against us (Pakistan, etc).. We are the richest nation on the planet with the worst treatment of it's citizens and yet the Republicans have convinced the working poor to vote against their own best interest.  Those people holding signs outside the Supreme Court against the Affordable care Act were not rich people.  They were the brainwashed.

  • F_mitchell

    Even if your medical & crredit crd debt can be absolved through bankruptcy; you still owe it!!!  Why should my tax dollars go to pay for your debts.  If you get in a car wreck, sip & break you leg, get shot during a robbery... without health care I'm paying for through higher taxes and higher health care premiums!!!!!!  I worked my way through college, lived at home & saved, to pay for my education.  Supposedly if you are smart enough to go to college you should have known what the cost would be.  Cut out eating out, smoking & drinking.  Stop whinning & get a second  job like I did.  They are out there but maybe beneath you??? I'm retired but could work every day if I wanted to or need to!  I have always paid my bills!!!

  • creolechild

    The requirement for most people to buy health insurance helps keep the cost of  premiums affordable for EVERYONE. Right now, the
    average family’s insurance costs are inflated by about $1,100
    to subsidize the cost of care for the uninsured. 

    After 2014, if
    you do not have health insurance and do not qualify for an exemption,
    you will pay a penalty of $95 for 2014; $325 for 2015; and $695, or up
    to two percent of your income, in 2016. (The penalty will be capped at
    the cost of the average premium of the most basic plan sold in your
    state’s new health insurance exchange.) 

    Health reform specifically prohibits the IRS from confiscating your
    assets or imposing criminal penalties of any kind - including jail time -
    if you don’t have health insurance.

    Source: http://boxer.senate.gov/en/issues-legislation/spotlight/healthreform.cfm


    How many health care clinics in poor, under-served neighborhoods could have been helped by that $9 million?

    These creeps are greedy sociopaths who should be put away in hospitals for the criminally insane.  Instead, we have a political/economic system which exalts them and gives them power over us.

  • The arrogance of the 1 percent has gone ballistic.
    They don't need health insurance so nobody else should have it either.

  • Dave

    OH!  So you do agree the country's wealthiest families and the corporations they run should pay their fair share!  'Bout Time! Congratulations AlwaysThink.  Unless I'm missing something here....

  • If by "freeloader' you mean someone, usually a young guy who gets a decent job and declines the insurance his company is offering because he is really young and healthy, then I agree with you. But if you are referring to people we euphemistically call working poor, then I have a problem with your stance.  Many of the working poor don't have a job that offers them health insurance, and those that do may make so little that they literally can not afford to pay for it. They may have a couple of kids and are trying to do the best they can for them. I know of a man who pawned his watch so his 12 year old daughter could have a new outfit to start Middle School. 
    WE need to take a step back and ask ourselves what kind of country do we want? Do we want a society that literally sentences you at birth to being no better than your parents? If they are poor you are not going to get a good education and be able to move up the economic ladder. Hell you are barely going to get enough to eat and most of it will not be that good healthy diet that the well to do get. Or do we want a society that provides the means for every child, regardless of the economic rung their parents have reached, to have the tools to reach as far up that ladder as they have the talent and drive to reach? 
    Believe it or not this is the decision that all of us have to make in November. I hope we make the right one. 

  • Got a mortgage? Try canceling your HO3 insurance or maybe you live in a flood zone, try cancelling the Flood Insurance.......
    At least with the government I get to vote for the people who make the decisions. 

  • I love it. The Reds have given us the "War on Drugs" the War on Illegal Immigrants", the "War on Women",  and now they are giving us "the WAR on Healthcare"
    Ya gotta love them RED guys..... Gonna get my vote you betcha. It I can use my middle finger to mark the ballot...... 


    The thing that doesn't get said often enough is, we're already paying for this,
    we've been doing so for decades, and we're paying far too much. Driving a
    million families into bankruptcy every year isn't free! Neither are the 40,000+
    preventable deaths annually and the incalculable loss of productivity that goes
    with them. Currently, these costs are absorbed by those who can afford health
    insurance. Only by including everyone can these costs be managed. I urge you to
    give the president's plan a chance.   I wish you well.

  • While all the liberals out there are patting themselves on the back over this one, THIS liberal is pretty unhappy.  Allowing the government to mandate that you MUST purchase something from a private company is nothing short of a reduction of our freedoms.  Who will end up paying the fine?  Those who cannot afford the product.  Contrary to popular belief, even a thousand dollars a year can mean the difference between ground beef and spam for the family.  I know that not all of you out there are in that dire a position, but MILLIONS are. 

    Consider this: A student who has no living parents graduates with a great deal of debt, and no family to help.  Suddenly he or she MUST devote some of the limited income that a new graduate has towards health insurance, which he or she is unlikely to ever need.  The money put toward that healthcare comes at the expense of paying down student debt.  Medical debt can be absolved through bankruptcy...not a great solution, but you end up debt free.  Student debt must be paid off.  You cannot declare bankruptcy to get rid of it.  It is there until it is paid off, and interest keeps on accumulating.  This law has just subjected the student in question to years of servitude...time spent working to pay off the debt.  I won't even get into how this will drive families making $45k a year into poverty, but without access to social services that the poor have.  What is the median American family income these days?  $45k???  This law will drive MILLIONS into poverty, people who are just hovering above it now...but at least they are above it now, treading water.  I hope they can hold their breath for a long time.

  • alwaysthink

    I wish the Freeloader tax was higher to really cover the cost