As former White House consultant Jonathan Gruber is testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – headed by chairman Darrell Issa – on Tuesday morning, the first independent issues ad of the 2016 campaign was scheduled to begin airing in New Hampshire.
The television ad by Our Patients First PAC is directed at Congress. But significantly, it is airing in New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states in the presidential nominating process.
The ad ties likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act by contending that “Obamacare” was “based on Hillary-care,” and has been “a disaster.” That charge has long been in dispute, with Obama and members of his administration saying the ACA was based on “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. Gruber assisted Romney in creating “Romneycare” and has said that “Romneycare” and “Obamacare” are “the same bill.”
The ad focuses on Gruber’s now infamous reference to the “stupidity of the American voter,” his reference to the fact that if the Congressional Budget Office had scored the Affordable Care Act mandate as a tax, “the bill dies.” And, the ad says, Gruber “admitted the Obama administration lied to us because that was the only way they could pass Obamacare.
“Obamacare, which was based on Hillarycare, is a disaster,” the ad says.
The ad says, “With Professor Gruber now testifying before Congress, it’s time we take action. Call Congress today. Demand we get the whole truth about Obamacare from the White House.”
Our Patients First PAC is also airing a radio spot in five congressional districts that just narrowly elected or re-elected Democrats in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Nebraska.
Our Patients First PAC is a self-described “physician-directed” PAC based in Sacramento, Cal., which says it is “dedicated to promoting a strong doctor-patient relationship and more free-market approaches to health care reform in national and state elections.”
The PAC recently aired ads in the Louisiana U.S. Senate race against now-ousted Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Dr. Jane Hughes, PAC chairman said the ads in Iowa and New Hampshire will “help engage, educate and energize those casting the earliest votes in presidential caucuses and primaries.”
View the ad below: