AFP airs third ad of 2014 cycle blasting Hagan

Posted January 2, 2014

Americans for Prosperity is airing its third ad of the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, once again slamming incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan for her support of the Affordable Care Act.

"Kay Hagan told us, if you like your insurance plan and your doctors, you could keep them. That just wasn't true," said Sheila Salter, who is identified as a self-employed Chapel Hill resident in the ad. She talks about her health care costs going up due to the law. 

The ad is part of what AFP says is a $1.4 million, three-week buy throughout the state. That brings the conservative nonprofit's total spending to $4.2 million for the campaign cycle before most other candidates put up their own spots

AFP aired two other ads on the same subject late in 2013. 

The ad is part of a salvo against three Senate Democrats – Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana – seen as having tough races in 2014. 

"Corporate special interest groups that backed the government shutdown want to elect even more Tea Party Republicans who will privatize Social Security and Medicare and push our country to the brink of an economic default," said Justin Barasky, press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in response to the ads.

Salter is the founder and chief executive of early2surg, a marketing company the caters to small and mid-sized surgical device companies. She spoke to Congress last year about having to get higher-cost health insurance for her company because her existing policy did not meet minimum requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Conservative sites reveled in her quote that the law was driving her to drink

Hagan, like many Democrats, followed President Barack Obama's lead in insisting that people would be able to keep their insurance plans under the law. That turned out not to be the case.


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  • ALECarolina Jan 9, 2014

    The hyperbole and misinformation coming from the liberal leftists about Americans For Prosperity and it's sponsors, the Koch Brothers, is a desperate attempt to spread the propaganda that the Koch Brothers hate Obamacare. Nothing could be further from the truth.
    These fine patriots are just using Obamacare as a tool to drive concerned voters to the polls so they can get their hand-picked politicians elected in order to stop job-killing regulations that prevent their job-creating industrial holdings from creating jobs for real, patriotic Americans. The liberal left is just jealous that they can't create jobs like the Koch brother job creators, so they block them with job-killing regulations, which hurt women, small businesses, and families.

  • Sally1023 Jan 7, 2014

    README! Read me. You think having to pay more for people with preexisting condition or those on the margins who work at Walmart, McDonalds, etc is bad. Each life ebbs and flows. You just may be the next narrow minded, selfish person to be diagnosed with ALS and then who will pay your health insurance? Trust me if you are lucky enough to live to be 65, others Will definitely be supplementing your health care. Get real! You are mortal and bad stuff does happen, perhaps even to you or yours.

  • Sally1023 Jan 7, 2014

    Ahhha, The AFP doing what it does best misleading and misrepresenting the truth. Brings tears to Pope's eyes. I, however, think the people in NC have seen the NC republican politicians and what they have done to this State and they may not be so interested in believing the lies...you know, the lies McCrory speaks daily. Had lunch with two dear republican friends yesterday and based on the discussion, they will be voting this year, but not be voting republican. Small sample but I'm sure there are many conversations, just like mine all over NC everyday. I think Pope and his soul bros, the Koch's may have to dig a bit deeper this year. Hear Michael Bloomberg is upping the ante in NC due to our crazy gun laws: guns in bars, college campuses and playgrounds. I believe you can be conservative and not be crazy. Too bad this hasn't been evident in NC politics.

  • gibbman67 Jan 7, 2014

    Anybody but Kay Hagan

  • jgilchr Jan 6, 2014

    "Actually, I think I saw the ad, maybe yesterday? If so it was pretty weak. It would take some pretty gullible folks to believe the stuff in that ad."

    Yeah the same gullible people who are pointing fingers at the poor while Wall St. and the 1% are bleeding them dry without accountability. The same gullible people who think trickle down and our current form of Capitalism works, meanwhile we are in a modern Gilded Age under the rule of Plutocrats.

  • jgilchr Jan 6, 2014

    AFP is a front group for right wing Plutocrats and Oligarchs, namely the Koch Brothers.

  • humm61 Jan 6, 2014

    Oh, wonderful. More obscene amounts of money from the Crock Brothers to buy another election. And the purpose? To make sure the American poor remain as badly served by the medical community as they are now.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jan 6, 2014

    "Nice to see the AFP blowing their money trying to trash Senator Hagan for supporting the ACA."

    Exactly. 90% of people that are exposed to these ads, voters or not, have already made up their minds about their position, and sadly, the other 10% don't even know what they are talking about. Personally, I assume that if any PAC (conservative or liberal) is talking about it in an ad, they are lying.

  • readme Jan 6, 2014

    It boils down to whether or not you are okay paing for everyone else's healthcare who doesn't already have it or has it at a high rate. Because if you currently work an pay for insurance, that's exactly what is happening. Now if you think that's okay, then fine. But I know if I'm paying for everyone else, I feel like I should be able to start taking away their freedoms. I get offended when I see 300 lb people on food stamps who also smoke. I'm paying for that now. I want to be able to tell them how to live their lives. Why not, if they are mooching off me?

  • readme Jan 6, 2014

    A lot of us are on the same plan, but the cost of said plan to us has doubled as our provider is required to conform to Obamacare rules, subsidizing all those low rates for people with "preexisting conditions." So we can't forget that.