Tea Party Group Hits First-Term Dems On The ‘Big Lie’ Of Obamacare

The tea party group Americans for Prosperity is out with a set of ads blaming two first-term House Democrats for Americans losing their healthcare coverage under Obamacare.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) spending over $600,000 on the ads, which hit Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH). The ads are tailored to each candidate, and the one targeting Kuster features a woman speaking directly to the camera.

“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 woman said. Then a voiceover in the ad directs viewers to “tell Congresswoman Kuster to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people.”

The Nolan ad is much more dramatic. In it a man named Randy Westby talks about how his insurance plan was canceled under Obamacare.

“I received notice that my insurance was no longer qualified,” Westby said. “I have had three heart attacks in the last six years. Healthcare is something that’s essential and my life depends on it.”

A narrator in the ad then interjects.

“Obamacare is hurting Minnesotans and Congressman Rick Nolan voted to keep it,” the narrator said.

“Congressman Nolan, Obamacare needs to be repealed. It was a big lie,” Wesby then said.

The ads are especially notable given that AFP stayed out of the effort that was popular among tea partiers to defund Obamacare.

Nolan opposed repealing Obamacare but he’s also criticized President Barack Obama for the rollout of healthcare.gov. Kuster and Nolan also voted in favor of the House GOP Keep Your Health Plan Act in November, according to Politico. That proposal aimed to let Americans keep their health insurance plans through next year.

Watch the Kuster ad here.

Watch the Nolan ad here.

(Photo credit: YouTube)

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