Conservative Group Releases Freakishly Weird Anti-Obamacare Ads

Frankly, I’m not sure what point they’re trying to make here:

And here’s one for the guys:

Seriously, what the heck was that?

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Comments

  1. Moosebreath says:

    You’d think a party who spends so much time legislating for transvaginal probes would think twice about claiming someone else is trying to bring the government into gynocological exams.

  2. C. Clavin says:

    That my friend…is what passes for Conservative thinking these days.
    Brought to you by Tea-Baggers…and paid for by the Koch Brothers.
    http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03Cv1OZbWpgPg/610x.jpg

  3. Eric says:

    Looks like the matrix scene in the beginning with the multiple screens of old TV.

  4. Scott says:

    @Moosebreath: That was my first thought. I wonder how long it will take for someone to get that probe into a remake of this video.

  5. Eric Florack says:

    given the federally funded pro-obamacare ads in Oregon, that cost millions of dollars and look like an acid trip as described to and drwn by a seven year old, i wonder a bit at the wording of your response here.

  6. C. Clavin says:

    Jon Chait describes the aesthetic of these ads as “Ayn Randhead–on-acid gestalt”

  7. C. Clavin says:

    Florack on acid…now there is a scary thought.

  8. Rob in CT says:

    I’ll explain it to you, Doug. Govermentally-mandated and subsidized health insurance = rape.

    Or, perhaps more accurately: Obamacare will taint our precious bodily fluids.

    Moosebreath: I had the exact same thought. Tone deaf by choice.

    Also, too: deliberate sabotauge of the law. Not “I think this is bad policy” but rather “this is bad policy, in part, because X will happen”and then spending millions to try and make SURE X happens.

    It’s f*cking despicable. And people wonder why folks hate on the Koch Brothers.

  9. C. Clavin says:

    @ Rob…
    Republicans come out in favor of Cervical Cancer…film at 11:00.

  10. grumpy realist says:

    Just wait until the mash-up artists start having fun with this. (Same video, use it for a pro-choice ad). I predict much merriment.

  11. Jeremy R says:

    @Doug:

    Frankly, I’m not sure what point they’re trying to make here:

    Seriously, what the heck was that?

    As far as I can tell they’re referencing Betsy McCaughey’s latest HCR BS scaremongering, without realizing that not everyone lives in the Right-Wing echo chamber and consequently will have no idea WTF they’re on about:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/09/obamacare-is-not-a-secret-sex-directory/279789/

    “‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners, or [sic] same-sex partners?’ Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.”

    So begins a screed in the New York Post, which also ran on FoxNews.com, earlier this week. This and more shocking things about Obamacare are brought to us by Betsy McCaughey—the one-time inventor of the “death panels” rumor.

    I know, a person with an extreme agenda says an absurd thing, what’s new. This sort of thing matters right now, though, because still only around a quarter of Americans say they understand the Affordable Care Act well, and it remains a point of contention. People want and need clear information for productive discussion. It is important to sift through some of the more volatile nonsense.

    And obviously it’s all in an attempt to sabotage the exchange risk pool:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/09/19/gops_brilliant_new_plan_to_reach_tweens_moronic_web_videos/

    … try to convince you not to purchase health insurance, for the express purpose of disrupting the risk pool and fomenting a death spiral within insurance markets that crescendoes into a national medical crisis prompting the emergency repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”

  12. Rob in CT says:

    Right, it’s about doing anything that can be done to make the reform fail.

    Question: was this approached attempted back when Medicare was created?

  13. James Pearce says:

    @Eric Florack:

    given the federally funded pro-obamacare ads in Oregon

    This is not as scandalous as you think.

    The ACA is federal law.

  14. al-Ameda says:

    Interesting, I heard no mention of “legitimate rape” in there, why?

  15. al-Ameda says:

    @Rob in CT:

    Right, it’s about doing anything that can be done to make the reform fail.
    Question: was this approached attempted back when Medicare was created?

    Republicans would have been afraid to mess with LBJ – he would have had opposition Republicans round-up and incarcerated at a re-opened Manzanar Detention Center.

  16. Mr. Replica says:

    I am still waiting for the day when these same propaganda loving nitwits start taking credit for it all.
    They know their base and they know in a few years (probably after January 19th, 2017), the base will have no problems changing their tune from:
    “Obamacare is evil!”
    to
    “We created and love the ACA! Now get your damn government hands off it!”

    Oh, it’s coming. I promise.

  17. wr says:

    @Rob in CT: “Question: was this approached attempted back when Medicare was created? ”

    Well, there was no internet, but Ronald Reagann recorded a spoken word record explaining how Medicare would end freedom in America.

  18. grumpy realist says:

    @Jeremy R: Um, sexual activity is often related to health, y’know….I take it these idiots have never heard of a) STDs or b) antibiotics interfering with birth control pills, or c) HIV.

  19. Tillman says:

    @Mr. Replica: Nah. Decade at the least.

  20. anjin-san says:

    @ Florack

    described to and drwn by a seven year old

    Considering that you run a blog that looks like something produced by fifth graders, with content that a mature ninth grader would laugh at, you might not want to go pointing fingers.

  21. anjin-san says:

    “‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners, or [sic] same-sex partners?’ Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor,

    I have had doctors ask me questions like this before. Back when Obama was in college. What’s the problem?

  22. Tillman says:

    I just realized this dude is the Burger King’s creepy uncle.

  23. Eric Florack says:

    @James Pearce: yes, it is.
    its also unconstituional.. an area the governmnet has no place being.
    and to boot, the vast majority of americans want it stopped, your own fantasies of socialist utopia not withstanding.

  24. anjin-san says:

    @ Florack

    the vast majority of americans want it stopped

    The vast majority of Americans want higher taxes on the rich. Where do you stand on that issue?

    Feel free to run from this question again, like you have done several times before.

    Cluck, cluck.

  25. anjin-san says:

    @ Florack

    its also unconstituional.. an area the governmnet has no place being.

    That’s not what the Supreme Court says. Do you reject their authority?

  26. Mr. Replica says:

    I thought you all would have learned you lesson concerning the polls from the last election.

    Any poll supporting a a certain position is infallible and context means nothing. (anti-democrat)
    A poll supporting the opposite position is rigged, and if more than one poll supports the opposite position, it’s a conspiracy orchestrated by the Libruls and the L.S.M. (pro-democrat)

    Obama lost! Get over it! Jeesh…

  27. Tony W says:

    FUD – sometimes it’s all ya got.

  28. al-Ameda says:

    @Eric Florack:

    its also unconstituional.. an area the governmnet has no place being

    LOL!

  29. grumpy realist says:

    @Eric Florack: Given that you aren’t a majority of SCOTUS (which has already once ruled on the constitutionality of this law), your views as to what are and aren’t constitutional are totally irrelevant . Zip. Nada. Worthless.

    But go ahead, go along muttering about the Great Platonic Ideal of Constitutionalism in the sky and how you magically know whether any law is or is not unconstitutional.

  30. anjin-san says:

    @ Florack

    For a self-proclaimed defender of the Constitution, you seem to not understand the role and authority in our system of government that has been assigned to the Supreme Court by the Constitution.

  31. Pinky says:

    Of course, if they are Randians, then they’re probably not pro-life. Just because there are some people on the other side who have different views doesn’t make the other side as a whole hypocritical.