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Stephen Kruiser


May 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Drink much?

It’s been obvious ever since 2010 that Republicans and conservatives were spending a lot more slamming the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration and Democrats were spending to defend it.

But 15 to 1?

Yes. That’s the ratio calculated by Kantar Media’s campaign media analysis group — CMAG to political junkies. Kantar estimates that national advertising against the ACA cost $418 million, compared with $27 million for ads supporting the law. Kantar calls the anti-ACA spending “unprecedented [and] largely unanswered.”

Even in general election-focused ads this year, 76 percent of Republican ads airing from January through April attacked the health care law. In Senate campaigns in New Hampshire and North Carolina and in 13 House races, Kantar found that every GOP broadcast ad brought up the anti-ACA messages.

Kantar’s Elizabeth Wilner, a co-author of the analysis, said, “Positive ads about the ACA are still so rare that whenever one appears, it gets a national news story.”

But what about this?

Oh, that stuff doesn’t count because, according to the pollsters, those ads weren’t really supporting Obamacare.

They were just telling people to sign up for it.


Yet in 2013, when millions of Americans had to sign up for coverage, industry spending spotlighted the differences of magnitude between American politics and American commerce. In just six months, insurance companies ran ads costing an estimated $381 million, not far behind what the law’s critics spent over four years. The industry ads were neutral, neither attacking nor defending the law — “Switzerland,” as Wilner put it.

Nice try.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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If you took all the money spent on anti-Obamacare ads and spent it instead on Obamacare, it would still be broken and stupid.
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The BS continues to be well orchestrated and organized.

The best thing to do is keep calling them out on it and laughing at their 'superior intellect" for falling for it like useless lemmings.

Of course, their favorite term is astroturf...the very thing they accuse all others of doing to deflect from themselves.

I call on everyone to bring facts, science, history, fact and comment on every site posting this detritus.
41 weeks ago
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what % of the country's GDP is devoted to spinning the web of lies to convince the bottom feeder electorate that the graft is flowing (or more properly, WILL flow) their way.

If those hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the propaganda was dedicated, as just one example, to breaking rocks with a sledge hammer, how much wealthier would the country be?

Immensely wealthier.
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