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Koch Brothers go after Democrats citing health care reform laws

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 20th, 2013
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"Obamacare" or health care reform isn't proving to be popular with many Americans, and as such, is being used in current political warfare. Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, the leaders of the political group Americans for Prosperity is now targeting three Senate Democrats up for re-election next year. The Koch Brothers are now leading a new $3.5 million negative ad campaign that calls the candidates into question for supporting President Obama's health care law.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, the Senators in question, are all from conservative-leaning states that voted to elect Mitt Romney in 2012.

The ads will start running in those respective states this week.

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The Koch Brothers are also going after three Democratic members of the House who are in danger of losing next year: Ron Barber of Arizona, Joe Garcia of Florida and Patrick Murphy, also of Florida.

With the many flaws in the health care law now readily apparent, Republicans and their allies have been trying to call Democrats to task, especially where voters are most likely to respond negatively to the Affordable Care Act.

President of Americans for Prosperity Tim Phillips said that reminding voters about problems with the way the law had been carried out so far was part of a much larger strategy.

"We want to make sure Obamacare is the No. 1 issue they're thinking about," he said. "We believe repealing Obamacare is a long-term effort, and a key part of that effort is keeping it in front of the American people night and day."

Specifically aimed at women, the negative ads are the result of the group's research that females are generally more undecided than men about the merits of the Affordable Care Act. Women also tend to make the decisions about their family's health care. The ads feature women narrators.

"Health care isn't about politics," one of those narrators says in an ad that will be broadcast in North Carolina. "It's not about a Web site that doesn't work. It's not about poll numbers or approval ratings. It's about people. And millions of people have lost their health insurance."

In an ad to be run in Alaska, a woman talks about the unfulfilled promises made by Obama and senators like Mr. Begich: "Senator Begich didn't listen. How can I ever trust him again? It just isn't fair. Alaska deserves better."

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