We’ve seen time and time again these Koch-backed ads trying to bash “Obamacare” actually backfire when the people featured in them ended up benefiting from Obama’s signature health care law. I’ve halfway joked that these ads are actually proving that the Affordable Care Act is working.
After all, if multibillionaires can’t find a couple of credible stories to run in their ads attacking the law, doesn’t that kind of say something?
Well, one of their most recent ads claims that premiums in New Hampshire are up 90 percent. Granted, a “shocking” stat indeed – if it were actually true.
When Politifact dug a little more into where they came up with this claim, they quickly rated this ad as “False.”
In their ruling for this claim they said:
“The claim cited a Morgan Stanley report that based its New Hampshire numbers on data from just one insurance broker in the state. Experts say that’s far too small a sample to say anything definitive about what’s happening to premiums in the state.”
Pathetic. They took a study from one insurance broker to make some giant claim that the premiums for the entire state had gone up by 90 percent. That’s not an oversight, that’s a blatant lie.
You don’t need to be an expert on statistical analysis to know that if you want to make a claim for a huge group of people (say the population of an entire state) you don’t take the data from one small group and apply it to everyone else. That’s not just irresponsible, it’s downright ignorant.
Then again when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, telling the truth isn’t what these conservatives care about. Their goal is to do whatever they can to bash the health care law. Which usually includes using blatant lies to push misinformation in the hopes of scaring people into believing something that isn’t true.
And it all just goes back to my original question, “If the truth about the health care law is so terrible, why do conservatives constantly lie about it?”