Koch-Backed Americans For Prosperity Once Again Caught Lying in Another Ad Bashing ACA

koch-liesIt’s the line many liberals use when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, “If the truth about the health care law is so terrible, why do conservatives constantly lie about it?”

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?”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Andrew Scott

    They’re not even trying to find the truth.

  • Kewan L Woodard

    Those greedy bastards couldn’t come up with the truth .

  • Aaron Childers

    Kind of makes you wonder why the only thing they seem to be having a problem with is cost when statistics show that it’s less expensive than before. I’m starting to think they just don’t want people to have healthcare.

    • Phil Keast

      Actually, I don’t think they do want health care. Anything that hints at being a program for the benefit of “the parasitic poor with their unreasonable sense of entitlement” is the “first step towrads socialism”. I seem to recall a Republican Snator (or Congressman, not sure which) actually claiming that the ACA was the first step towards socialism. And we all know that socialism is BAD, and is a threat to the American way of life. If you don’t pay your way, as defined by them, you are not entitled to have a voice in government or have your fundamental human rights respected.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        “Socialism” sayeth them while taking billions in corporate tax breaks and subsidies.

      • Yes tax cuts and subsidies for corporations. IOW welfare for the rich execs.

  • FD Brian

    I would hate to add another layer of regulation, but I think congress needs to pass “The truth in campaigning law”, if you lie in an add, we sue your ass. You don’t pay fines, somebody goes to prison, or maybe both.

    • freddybear1

      We already have a regulation. It’s called truth in advertising which is enforced by the FTC. The problem is, political ads are exempt. It’s kind of sad that companies can’t make misleading statements about the products we buy. But there’s no standard of truth for ads that could influence our voting.

  • Aaron Levesque

    I live in New Hampshire and I’m paying less for better health insurance than I had before.

  • guest

    Both sides lie their ass off. This author is mad because a political commercial lied? Was he born yesterday?

    • DavidD

      Both sides of this debate don’t lie their ass off.The right can’t stand anything that is in contradiction of private ownership of everything trumps all.
      The Koch boys fund these falsehoods because they don’t want to lose control of their ability to do what ever they want when they want regardless of the consequences to the rest of us.

      • surfjac

        the koch fund this crap because they lost $2 Billion a year in tax payer money once the ACA was passed.

  • Stephen Barlow

    What do you expect from KOCK addicts?