ObamaCare Blues - The Washington Times
The left is learning that apologies are for losers
A debater running out of good arguments is always tempted to get mean and personal. The remaining liberal defenders of Obamacare are demonstrating this truism once more with frantic agitation over a new anti-Obamacare television commercial by Americans for Prosperity.
These community activists are spending $1 million to air a 30-second spot featuring Julie, a mother of two, talking about what Obamacare means to her. “I have some questions about Obamacare,” she says. “Can I really trust the folks in Washington with my family’s health care? I think we all deserve some answers.”
This is not a typical commercial relying on shock to get attention through free media. It’s a simple and direct expression of the doubt and frustration shared by anyone who thinks hard about the health care takeover. There’s a minimum of Washington argle-bargle. Most Americans have no idea what a “health care exchange” is, or how it will affect their lives. They understand Julie.
Americans for Prosperity is tapping into the uncertainty by targeting female viewers on cable networks like the Food Channel. The idea that conservatives would wage a battle on what’s traditionally considered a safe, Democratic demographic sent the New York Times, Huffington Post, ThinkProgress and Bloomberg rumbling off to battle stations. Each outlet ran op-ed pieces about the commercial, each with suspiciously similar headlines attacking David and Charles Koch, the successful businessmen who back with their money Americans for Prosperity. The thrust of the critics’ message is that the commercial is false, or misleading, or humbuggery or all of the above, because the Koch brothers, who made their money without government help, paid for it.
This is the desperation of the Obamacare apologists. A Gallup survey finds that only 9 percent of small-business owners believe the health care takeover will be good for their business; 41 percent of them are holding back on new hires. This must be because the Koch brothers are evil for pointing that out.