Another “Obamascare” ad falls apart under scrutiny

Friday, August 8th 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at

DENVER: After a local reporter’s inquiry into a new Crossroads GPS advertisement revealed major factual problems with the ad’s subject and claims about the Affordable Care Act, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Karl Rove’s SuperPAC immediately remove the ad from broadcast in Colorado. ProgressNow Colorado further called on Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner to repudiate Rove’s dishonest influence in Colorado’s elections.

“Once again, an ‘Obamascare’ horror story turns out to be a fake,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Amy Runyon-Harms. “It’s amazing that Karl Rove’s SuperPAC is still trying to deceive the public about the Affordable Care Act after so many millions of Americans are reaping the benefits. Even worse, they can’t find ‘victims’ of health care reform, so they make them up out of thin air. This willful deception of the public has gone on for years, and it’s time for it to stop.”

A new television ad from Crossroads GPS began airing in Colorado this week, featuring a Castle Rock woman who claims she had to go back to work because her family “couldn’t afford our plan.” When asked for details by local reporter Eli Stokols of KDVR-TV in Denver, the subject of the ad admitted that the reason for her going back to work in 2010 “wasn’t the Affordable Care Act.” In fact, the Affordable Care Act had not yet taken effect. [1]

Moreover, Stokols reports the subject of the ad works for a large energy corporation that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to incumbent Sen. Mark Udall’s opponent Cory Gardner.

“The right wing has spent millions of dollars spreading false information about the Affordable Care Act,” said Runyon-Harms, “and their willingness to mislead voters for political gain on this critical issue has done a terrible disservice to the entire nation. The truth is, Colorado’s rate of uninsured has plummeted from 17% to only 11% since Obamacare has been fully implemented.” [2]

“It’s time for the right wing to stop lying about reform that is helping millions of Americans live better lives,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on Karl Rove to take this grossly deceptive ad off the air immediately. And that’s not all: it’s time for Cory Gardner to condemn this campaign of lies on his behalf. Colorado deserves better than Karl Rove’s dishonesty, and if Gardner isn’t part of the problem, he should agree.”