A right-wing group called Generation Opportunity, apparently funded by the Koch Brothers, has put out what may be the creepiest and most dishonest political ads I’ve ever seen. They’re aimed at college students, urging them to refuse to buy health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The first one is aimed at women:
And the second is aimed at men:
The ads are incredibly dishonest. No one “signs up for Obamacare.” There is no such thing as Obamacare. There are health care exchanges that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act, but they are for private insurance. Those who purchase insurance from those exchanges will get it from Blue Cross, Aetna and other private insurance companies just like everyone else. And the federal government has no more control over what goes on between you and your doctor than they ever had before.
The lies on this are just getting more and more brazen and these ads are just fucking creepy. Even more bizarre is this claim:
“What we’re trying to communicate is, ‘No, you’re actually not required to buy health insurance,’” Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg told Yahoo News in an interview about the campaign. “You might have to pay a fine, but that’s going to be cheaper for you and better for you.”
Jonathan Bernstein thinks the ads are designed solely to get condemned by liberals so that conservatives will send in more money to stop Obamacare (which they cannot do, no matter how much money they send in):
But for the people putting together the ads, unless they are incredibly stupid and naive, it’s almost certainly about raising money from those donors. And, perhaps, making a name for themselves (or a bigger name — I’m not looking to see who is responsible) within the conservative movement.
These ads could not be better designed to do one thing: to get condemned by liberals. Thus impressing easily scammed conservative marks, who tend to really believe that if liberals hate something, it must be terrific and effective.
If that’s true, I’m happy to help.