The Road to
Repeal

It’s been said that the closest thing to immortality is a government program.

In 2009, Americans for Prosperity made a commitment to help the American people stop Obamacare. We devoted unmatched resources to make certain that the failings and abuses of Obamacare were a prominent part of the national conversation. In just two years we hosted nearly 1,000 rallies and traveled over 65,000 miles rallying support from every corner of the country. And we’ve never looked back.

We’ve recruited and trained an army of grassroots volunteers responsible for knocking on more than THREE MILLION DOORS and making 20 MILLION PHONE CALLS and counting, all aimed at stopping this disastrous law. We’ve raised the voices of the grassroots and held lawmakers accountable for their votes, investing well over $200 MILLION in television, radio, digital, and direct communications efforts.

This is the story of the long and winding road to repeal Obamacare, and what comes next as we see this journey through. With the finish line now in sight, it’s time for Republicans to keep their promise.

The Journey Begins 2009-2010

The Journey Begins

Details on Democrats’ plans to overhaul health care start to emerge, and millions of Americans begin speaking out against proposed federal mandates and increased government control.

AFP Kicks Off Cross-Country Bus Tour

As Democrats in Congress push to pass a 1,017 page health care bill, Americans for Prosperity provides an outlet for frustrated citizens to voice their vehement opposition, kicking off the Patients First “Hands Off Our Health Care” bus tour.

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AFP Ad and Petition Hit Congress

To highlight the opposition to specific legislators’ plans to support increased federal management of the health care system, AFP launches a targeted ad campaign in 12 states and a nationwide petition drive pressuring lawmakers to respond to their constituents’ calls to reject any legislation that imposes greater government control of Americans’ health choices.

Activists Sign Petitions Demanding Freedom in Health Care Choices.

Activists Demand Answers From Their Elected Officials

Activists gathered at Senator Jim Webb’s Arlington, VA office where AFP President Tim Philips presented “Hands Off My Health Care” petitions.

Bus Tour Accompanied by Ads, Telephone Town Halls and Petition Drive

The “Hands Off Our Health Care” bus tour was accompanied by hard-hitting ads lashing out at supporters of the Obamacare bill, a “Hands Off My Health Care” petition, and a live telephone health care town hall with Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price.

Activists Speak Out

In North Carolina, activists heard from Renee Ellmers, a registered nurse,  as she expressed her concerns about Obamacare during a “Hands Off Our Health Care” bus tour.

Tim Phillips Takes on the Mainstream Media

After a cross-country bus tour sounding the alarm on the government takeover of health care and hearing people’s concerns, AFP President Tim Phillips explains to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that the American people want choices, not government mandates on health care.

After just two months, over 210,415 Americans signed AFP's petition demanding Washington keep its HANDS OFF health care.

Taxpayers March On Washington

Carried by momentum from the organization’s cross country bus tour, AFP President Tim Phillips leads thousands of grassroots activists protesting the government takeover of health care during the Taxpayer March on Washington, also known as the 9/12 Tea Party.

Activists Bear Witness at the Defending The American Dream Summit

With grassroots opposition to the health care takeover mounting, AFP holds its annual Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington D.C. Over 1,500 activists are in attendance as Shona Holmes shares her story about the horror of government run health care.

10,000 Activists Strong

Amid House debates on Obamacare, AFP holds a congressional Health Care House Call, bussing 10,000 activists to the U.S. Capitol to protest the bill.

Activists Rally On Capitol Hill

"Obama, Pelosi and Reid refuse to listen to American taxpayers who have clearly demonstrated through rallies, phone calls and congressional visits that they don’t want to pay for a trillion-dollar, government-defined health-care plan."

- AFP President Tim Phillips

Keeping Up The Pressure

Keeping pressure on lawmakers as they continue to ram the widely unpopular bill through Congress, AFP organizes the Code Red Rally, assembling over 5,000 activists on Capitol Hill to protest as the Senate approaches a vote on health care reform. AFP organizes similar rallies at state capitols across the country.

AFP Rallies Conservative Activists Against ObamaCare's Passage

With opposition to the law galvanized by AFP’s grassroots rallies, the organization calls on activists to continue urging lawmakers to reject the government takeover of health care:

“It’s expected to be down to the wire. I’ve been hearing the Senate switchboard is melting with you phone calls! Keep those calls coming. Tell your Senators to vote NO!”

- AFP President Tim Phillips writes to activists ahead of health care vote

AFP Holds Lawmakers Accountable

With the Senate poised to adopt the health care train wreck, AFP immediately begins holding lawmakers accountable for their vote, calling out Evan Bayh (IN), Ben Nelson (NE), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Mark Warner (VA), Jim Webb (VA), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Michael Bennet (CO) for their support.

Senate Passes ObamaCare By A 60 To 39 Vote

“Look back on 2009 and take heart. We have the momentum. Against all expectations from the political elites, we have delayed this health care takeover for months now and we will end the year still with a chance to win.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips writes to activists on Christmas eve following Senate’s vote on Obamacare

At the start of 2010, with midterm elections approaching, Americans are energized and eager to voice their opposition to the government’s health care takeover. AFP continues providing a platform for grassroots activists to challenge President Obama’s radical heath care agenda.

Opposition to Obamacare Gathers Strength

Opposition to the law heightens after hurried Christmas eve passage through the Senate and insurance companies predict double digit premium increases. President Obama convenes a “Health Care Summit”, and AFP rallies grassroots activists in Washington D.C. to send a message to lawmakers that they should keep their hands off health care.

Mainstream Media Takes Notice

After months of rallies and protests sparked by AFP’s “Hands Off My Health Care” bus tour and ad campaigns, the media can no longer ignore widespread grassroots opposition to government-centered health care reform. AFP’s rally opposing the President’s “Health Care Summit” garners widespread media attention as protesters call for Congress to immediately scrap the proposed health care takeover.

Speaker Pelosi on Health Care: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Ad Campaign Shows Consequences Of Obamacare

Just two weeks ahead of Obamacare becoming law, AFP launches a $750,000 TV ad buy featuring breast cancer survivor Tracy Walsh telling her story about the consequences of government-run healthcare. The ad calls on activists to voice their opposition to the law.

"November Is Coming"

As Congress signals its intent to ignore the will of the people, AFP holds “November is Coming” rallies across the country, warning lawmakers that citizens will use their ballots to express opposition to the health care law.

A Party Line Vote

The House approves the Senate’s version of the Affordable Care Act, sending it to the President’s desk without a single “Yea” vote from Republicans.

President Obama Signs the Affordable Care Act Into Law. AFP Vows to Continue the Fight.

“AFP and our activists across the country fought valiantly to warn citizens and politicians that Obamacare would come between you and your doctor; that it would have tangible effects on your medical coverage…Once President Obama signed the government takeover of health care into law, medicine became a permanent fixture in our political discourse. I have no doubt that over the next ten years as the bureaucratic health care super state emerges we will learn about countless typos, mistakes or mischaracterizations in this legislation.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips predicts the constant controversy that will surround the law

AFP Petition Hits 300K+ Signatures

By March 28, 2010, over 349,175 people sign a petition telling their Member Of Congress: “If you voted YES on the health care bill, I will vote NO on you in the next election.”

AFP Continues “November Is Coming” Campaign

Activists support a seven-state, 18-city tour targeting Obamacare. The tour includes grassroots rallies, petition signing, door knocking and phone banking in communities across the country aimed at educating fellow citizens about lawmakers’ support for Obamacare and other big government policies.

AFP Puts Congress On Notice

AFP goes on air urging citizens to contact members of Congress about their support for big government policies like Obamacare.

Activists Get Connected With "Freedom Phones"

Americans for Prosperity launches the “Freedom Phones” project to accompany the November is Coming and Sick of Spending campaigns across the country. Freedom phones are just the beginning of AFP’s sophisticated grassroots work to allow activists to educate their neighbors on the policies most important to them.

Sights Set On Nevada

AFP continues Freedom Phone Banks and rallies in Las Vegas where over 1,500 grassroots activists made hundreds of calls to their Nevada residents describing to them the records of Harry Reid and Dina Titus: voting for the health care takeover, passing the failed $814 billion “stimulus” and pushing the cap-and-trade energy tax.

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"US Midterm Election Results Heralds New Political Era As Republicans Take House"

The 2010 election outcome reflects Americans’ rejection of big government policies like Obamacare, laying the groundwork for meaningful efforts to undo the disastrous law. As The Guardian reports: “Republicans may even try to undo substantial areas of Obama’s legislative achievements, especially his landmark healthcare reforms. During the campaign, many Republican candidates vowed to take measures to stop his healthcare law from being funded.”

“This bill was an unprecedented assault on our freedom and prosperity, and it cannot stand. We will push for a quick vote on full repeal in the House and Senate and put pressure on them to get the key two-thirds required to overcome a presidential veto. We’ll then push Congress to dismantle the law through appropriations and riders.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips writes to activists on goals for 2011

Building A Movement 2011-2012

Building A Movement

At the start of the year and throughout most of 2011, Obamacare faces legal challenges questioning the law’s constitutionality. Americans for Prosperity continues to tour the country and rally grassroots opposition to government-run health care, wasteful spending and bureaucratic intrusions on American freedoms.

AFP Calls on House Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare

“The constitutional flaws in the health care bill are well known,” writes AFP’s Director of Government Affairs James Valvo in a letter to House lawmakers urging Obamacare’s repeal. “The individual mandate is an application of the Commerce Clause never before seen in American history. The federal government is attempting to force individual citizens to buy a product from a private company for the first time. The Supreme Court will obviously have the final word on this matter. But the People’s branch need not wait for the Court’s verdict to repeal a provision that strikes at the heart of individual liberty.”

Two Weeks Later, The House of Representatives Holds Its First Vote To Repeal Obamacare

AFP Hosts A “Cut Spending Now” Rally On Capitol Hill

The event calls on lawmakers to eliminate costly government policies like the health care mandate and coincides with the larger “Cut Spending Now” bus tour across the country.

“We voted to repeal Obamacare lock, stock and barrel.”

- Then-Congressman Mike Pence, to AFP activists at the "Cut Spending Now" rally

"Another Fatal Flaw In Obamacare—Could It Sink The Law?"

AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen writes in an op-ed that states can strike a blow to Obamacare by refusing to establish exchanges.

AFP Continues "Cut Spending Now" Tour

Grassroots leaders and activists call on Congress to put an end to wasteful spending on big government programs like Obamacare.

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"Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Obama’s Health-Care Overhaul"

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in the Obamacare case brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business. The case argues the constitutionality of elements of the Affordable Care Act. (The Washington Post)

"On behalf of 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I commend you for introducing H. Res. 475, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable from the President’s health care law...I urge your colleagues to support this resolution."

- AFP Director of Government Affairs James Valvo in a letter of support for a House resolution on Obamacare's unconstitutionality

With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature policy, AFP galvanizes grassroots opposition to Obamacare with rallies, tours, phone banking and major ad campaigns targeting politicians supporting the health care law.

"President Obama’s Health Care Law Is Unraveling"

AFP President Tim Phillips pens an op-ed highlighting the unconstitutionality of a provision in Obamacare that penalizes American’s who don’t purchase health insurance.

AFP President Discusses Obamacare's Impact on 2012 Elections

Tim Phillips discusses how Obamacare will be a decisive issue in the 2012 election and highlights AFP’s rallies planed ahead of Supreme Court hearings on ObamaCare’s individual mandate.

AFP Renews “Hands Off My Health Care" Rallies

80 buses full of grassroots activists gather across the street from the Supreme Court to let the Court and Congress know this issue is not over and the American people want to see this legislation repealed.

AFP Hits Lawmakers On Wasteful Spending

As promised, AFP releases the first of many ads calling on lawmakers to stop wasteful spending and highlighting their support for the $1 trillion health care takeover.

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Mandate, Calling Obamacare Penalty a Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the health care law, reigniting intense debate over ObamaCare’s dangerous infringement on American freedoms.

AFP Pushes Back After SCOTUS Decision

Moments after the Court’s decision, AFP announces a $9 million effort featuring major TV ad buys, social media and grassroots action across 12 key states, marking the beginning of a massive effort against the legislation and Court ruling.

CNN: AFP Spreads "Hands Off My Healthcare" Message

“With all due respect to the president, Americans for Prosperity intends to remind every American of just how disastrous this health care legislation is because we are fully committed to seeing it repealed next year.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips, in an op-ed highlighting the organization’s efforts to repeal Obamacare

With November Approaching, AFP Educates Voters About Lawmakers’ Support of Obamacare and Wasteful Spending

AFP Hits The Ground In Swing States

USA Today reports on AFP’s advanced grassroots operation as activists go door-to-door speaking with their neighbors about President Obama’s health care law.

AFP Kicks Off The “Obama’s Failing Agenda” Tour

The “Obama’s Failing Agenda” tour highlights the $1.7 trillion health care takeover led by the President and his party. The tour crisscrosses the nation throughout the fall, making stops at 400 events in 31 states, traveling more than 55,000 miles with nearly 20,000 activists in attendance by the end of the tour.

AFP Hits Obama Administration With New Ad

Following the success of the “Obama’s Failing Agenda” tour, AFP continues its call to replace President Obama, releasing an ad featuring Shona Holmes, a Canadian citizen who shares her story about the horrors of government-run health care.

National Prosperity Action Day Huge Success With Over 400,000 Calls Made

With the future of Obamacare repeal at stake, AFP hosts its first ever “National Prosperity Action Day” during which activists place over 400,000 live calls educating their neighbors about Obama’s failing agenda. The success of this effort serves as a model for future direct grassroots outreach.

AFP Holds Lawmakers Accountable With Nationwide Ad Campaign

AFP launches a $1.3 million issue advocacy push to educate citizens about Obama’s failing policies. The radio ad campaign, which runs for two weeks, highlights the votes of lawmakers in 13 states.

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Republicans Hold Clear House Majority

President Obama is re-elected, ensuring Obamacare’s full implementation by 2014. And although Democrats make small gains in both chambers of Congress, Republicans retain the numbers needed to keep a check on President Obama’s big government policies.

"Most Governors Refuse To Set Up Health Exchanges"

The New York Times reports that more than half of states refused to set up their own health insurance exchanges dealing a blow to President Obama’s law. AFP applauds the chorus of Governors rejecting health insurance exchanges.

Paving The Way For Repeal 2013-2014

Paving The Way For Repeal

Throughout President Obama’s first term in office, AFP successfully built a powerful grassroots network by providing a platform for Americans to voice their opposition to Obamacare. In 2013, AFP’s communications efforts warn of what ultimately comes to pass—Obamacare’s disastrous launch later that year.

Broken Promises of Obamacare

AFP President pens an op-ed marking the third anniversary of Obamacare’s signing, outlining the false promises made by the President during his campaign to pass the legislation.

AFP Launches $1 Million Ad Campaign Opposing ObamaCare

The campaign features personal testimonials of three women sharing their concerns about the health care law.

AFP Expands Anti-Obamacare Campaign

“Already on the air with a $700,000 campaign in Ohio and Virginia, AFP is going up with ads in several more states and increasing its buy to over $1 million,” reports The Washington Post. The ads are part of what AFP President Tim Phillips described to the Post as “a large, sustained effort” against Obamacare, one aimed largely at people under 35 and young women, in particular.

AFP Launches Six-Figure Radio Ad Buy

AFP continues its Obamacare ad effort, targeting six states urging individuals to question whether Obamacare will provide them with the best quality health care.

AFP Sponsors Message from Union Leaders

The new six-figure radio ad campaign highlights labor union distress over Obamacare and runs in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Alaska, accompanied by a full-page ad in The Washington Post.

AFP Releases Third Testimonial Ad in Million-Dollar Anti-Obamacare Campaign

Disappointing Jobs Report Another Reason to Delay Obamacare

On the heels of the August jobs report, AFP warns that October’s Obamacare enrollment will result in millions of workers at risk of reduced hours and job loss.

AFP Launches #ExemptMeToo Campaign

With a new website, petition and ads,  AFP highlights lawmakers’ exemptions under Obamacare.

AFP Releases Latest Installment in Ad Series Targeting Obamacare

The new $3 million ad featuring the deep concerns Americans have about Obamacare will run in six states during the first week of October coinciding with the inaugural opening of health insurance exchanges.

Exempt Me, Too!

With health insurance exchanges scheduled to open today, Tim Phillips pens an op-ed highlighting how political elites have taken measures to excuse themselves from the burdens the law brings. “Obama’s promise of health care for all has quickly become healthcare that no one wants,” Phillips writes.

Obamacare Website Fails and Reports Flood in of People Losing Their Insurance Coverage

AFP Highlight’s Lawmakers’ Votes for Obamacare With $2 Million Ad Buy

With an aggressive early launch ad strategy, AFP sets the narrative for Obamacare to be a dominant issue.

AFP Highlights President Obama’s Broken Promises in New Ad Campaign

As reports continue to surface about millions of Americans having their insurance plans canceled, Americans for Prosperity launches a new online ad that highlights President Obama’s broken promise that, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

AFP Announces Third Wave of TV, Radio and Online Ads Highlighting Lawmakers’ History of Support for Obamacare

The $1.7 million ad effort runs in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia calling out some lawmakers for their Obamacare support and thanking others for standing up against the government health care takeover.

"Koch Brother’s Group Uses Health Care Law To Attack Democrats"

Major media outlets take notice of AFP’s efforts ahead of the 2014 election cycle. The New York Times reports on the groups new $3.5 million ad that hammers lawmakers for supporting President Obama’s health care law.

As Obamacare began to recede from the media spotlight, AFP continued to stand by its grassroots activists who reported increasing opposition to the law the longer it remained in place. The organization began airing personal stories from American families suffering under the law and made Obamacare a centerpiece of the election cycle once again.

AFP Begins the Year With Seven Figure Ad Campaign Highlighting Premium Increases and Canceled Plans

The multimillion dollar ad effort holds three senators accountable for their support of President Obama’s health care law.

“We’re putting pressure on senators who repeated that lie and doubled down on Obamacare even as it became obvious that the law was hurting millions of Americans. The story of Obamacare is one of less choice, rising premiums, and broken promises. AFP is committed to a long-term effort to stop this law.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips in a statement on the organization’s efforts to drive the conversation on Obamacare through television ads

AFP Expands Obamacare Conversation to House Members

With two new ad campaigns totaling nearly $2 million, AFP argues Obamacare isn’t working. In a $650,000 ad buy, AFP holds Arizona Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber accountable for supporting the law. Spending more than $1 million on ads educating citizens about Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan and Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa, AFP highlights how the law is impacting hard-working families across the states.

 

Early in 2014, AFP Dominates the Conversation on Obamacare

Since August, AFP has spent over $20 million on a series of TV ads holding politicians accountable for their support of Obamacare and thanking others who have stood against the law.

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"Ads Attacking Health Law Stagger Outspent Democrats"

“The unusually aggressive early run of television ads, which has been supplemented by other conservative initiatives, has gone largely unanswered, and strategists in both parties agree it is taking a toll on its targets,” reports The New York Times.

AFP Brings Personal Message to President Obama

This major national ad effort shares a powerful personal story about how Obamacare is causing canceled plans and skyrocketing health care costs.

Ad Efforts Expand in North Carolina And Begin in West Virginia

The ads holding Rep. Rahall accountable accompany the launch of Americans for Prosperity’s newest state chapter in West Virginia and represent a significant growth in AFP’s grassroots force.

AFP Turns Up the Heat on Landrieu in Louisiana

A new ad with a distinct look and feel begins airing in the state and will run for three weeks holding Landrieu accountable for Obamacare’s impact on Louisiana families.

New AFP Ad Holds Rep. Gary Peters Accountable on Obamacare

The new ad shares the story of Julie Boonstra, who was diagnosed with leukemia and had her insurance cancelled due to Obamacare.

AFP Continues to Make Obamacare a Dominant Issue Holding Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster Accountable for Obamacare

The new television ads feature personal stories of Granite State citizens who’ve lost their health insurance thanks to Reps. Carol Shea-Port and Ann Kuster’s support for Obamacare.

AFP Highlights Personal Experience with Obamacare

In a new $700,000 statewide ad buy,  AFP features the personal experience of an Arkansas resident named Wanda to hold Sen. Mark Pryor accountable for his Obamacare support. Wanda recounts the disappointment and anxiety felt upon learning that her health care plan was cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act.

The Obama Switch

When Obama finally admits people are losing their doctors, AFP launches an online ad responding to his repeated promises that “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

New Ads Put Pressure On Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Udall

AFP continues its “People Not Politics” ad campaign expanding to Colorado and Louisiana with a new ad buy of $1.7 million.

Obamacare Victim Speaks Out in New Ad

New ad with a budget over $1.5 million features the story of a  Michigan mother whose insurance plan was cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act despite assurances from Congressman Gary Peters and President Obama that she would be able to keep her plan.

"Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits"

National Review reports on AFP’s ad efforts against Obamacare thus far characterizing it as a years long effort that is “bearing fruit” in this election cycle.

 

Americans Continue to Share Their Personal Testimonials on Obamacare Woes

A new $540,000 ad buy holding Sen. Mark Pryor accountable for his support of Obamacare features the personal experience of an Arkansas resident who lost his coverage due to the Affordable Care Act.

"Koch Brothers Plan $125M Spree"

Politico reports on AFP’s aggressive ground, air and data operations for the midterm elections. “The resulting advertisements increasingly have used personal stories, often told by regular folks looking directly to the camera, to critique Democratic policies like ObamaCare, and the politicians who support them,” writes Politico.

Americans for Prosperity Launches Platform to Make the Voices of Obamacare Victims Heard Via OurHealthCareStories.com

AFP Kicks Off New Ad Efforts in Iowa, New Hampshire Totaling Over $1 Million

The ads continue AFP’s work to hold politicians accountable for their support for Obamacare. In New Hampshire, AFP’s ad educates citizens about how Obamacare has limited access to hospitals across the state.

Obamacare Co-Ops Fared Poorly As They Tried to Sell Health Insurance in Exchanges

The Washington Examiner reports early warning signs for co-ops as a congressional analysis reveals that sixty percent of the experimental health insurance co-ops failed to meet their enrollment targets.

Veterans Speak Out on Obamacare

In light of the VA hospital scandal, AFP launched major multimedia buys in Louisiana and Arkansas holding senators accountable to their big-government policies that hurt veterans and hard-working families to highlight veterans speaking out against Senator Mary Landrieu over Obamacare.

“Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans have experienced some of the worst federal overreach in recent history, and today’s ruling is further evidence that the Obama administration needs to be reined in.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips comments on U.S. Court of Appeals Halbig v. Burwell ruling that the Obama administration is breaking the law by spending federal tax dollars without congressional authorization to finance parts of the ACA

AFP Continues Its Fight Against Medicaid Expansion

In Virginia, AFP launches an ad called “Lawlessness” about Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s illegal attempt to expand Medicaid as part of ObamaCare without legislative approval. The ad complements AFP’s long-term efforts against Medicaid expansion in Virginia, with AFP running a number of statewide radio ads while making more than 100,000 door knocks and phone calls across the Commonwealth to educate Virginians on the issue.

AFP-Arkansas Launches “Arkansas is Paying The Price”

The multimedia ad buy educates voters on Sen. Mark Pryor’s support of the Obama agenda, including his support for Obamacare.

AFP Continues Accountability Efforts With Nine-State, Seven-Figure Ad Buy

The big ad buy holds nine U.S. senators and representatives accountable for supporting harmful policies like Obamacare and failing to represent their constituents in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

AFP Continues Accountability Efforts With Six-Figure Ad Buy

The ads put pressure on Rep. Kirkpatrick in Arizona, Rep. Braley in Iowa, and Rep. Rahall in West Virginia for continuing to support harmful policies like Obamacare and failing to do what’s best for their constituents. AFP also gives credit where it’s due, thanking Rep. Southerland for fighting for patient-centered health care reform.

"Insurers Poised to Cancel Health Plans That Don’t Comply With ACA"

On the one-year anniversary of the HealthCare.gov rollout, The Washington Post reports: “Thousands of consumers who were granted a reprieve to keep insurance plans that do not meet the federal health law’s standards are now learning those plans will be discontinued at year’s end, and they will have to choose a new, possibly more costly policy.”

“Today marks one year since the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, and the consequences of Obamacare on our country’s most vulnerable have never been more evident.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips in a statement on one year anniversary of HealthCare.gov rollout

"Americans for Prosperity Plows Millions Into Building Conservative Ground Force"

With one-on-one conversations about Obamacare a driving force, AFP builds up its sophisticated grassroots capabilities across the country. (The Washington Post)

With Election Day Just Weeks Away, AFP Launches Six-Figure Ad Campaign

In a 14-video digital ad campaign, AFP targets senators and representative on their Obamacare support, calling on Americans to “fire” politicians who go along with President Obama’s big-government agenda.

"Dems Hide Obamacare’s Worst Features Until Election"

Tim Phillips calls out Obama administration for hiding the cost of premiums on the revamped HealthCare.gov website until after election day. “The political calculation is clear: Protect the incumbent congressmen and senators who voted for Obamacare and who are now fighting for their electoral lives,” Phillips explains. (Investor’s Business Daily)

With Obamacare a primary issue throughout this election cycle, AFP's efforts result in the defeat of Obamacare supporters. The Senate outcome holds promise for meaningful Obamacare repeal votes.

“Tonight’s results are a clear rebuke of Obamacare and the government overreach that has come to define the Obama-Reid agenda, and a class of senators who chose to rubber stamp bad policy rather than fight for the people they represent.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips on the heels of the national midterm results

AFP Keeps the Pressure on Landrieu

With one more election yet to be held in Louisiana, AFP continues to oppose Mary Landrieu, launching a new ad against Landrieu entitled “The Obamacare Deception.”

In 2014, AFP activists contacted nearly 4 million Americans about Obamacare and its impact on their lives.

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Obamacare’s Death Spiral 2015-2016

Obamacare’s Death Spiral

Americans for Prosperity has become the nation’s foremost grassroots advocate for patient-centered health care reform. After making Obamacare a major election issue in the 2014 midterms, AFP puts its ground operation to the test in 2015 to block Medicaid expansion in several states.

Kicking Off The Year With Obamacare Opposition a Top Priority

With the launch of the “Reform America 2015” policy agenda, AFP outlines major changes to health care policy, calling for the repeal of the medical device tax, restoring the 40-hour workweek and repealing Obamacare.

"In Rebuke of Tennessee Governor, Koch Group Shows Its Power"

AFP’s grassroots movement stops Medicaid expansion in Tennessee. NBC reported on the win: “AFP campaigned aggressively [against] Haslam’s plans for the next six weeks, even running radio ads blasting GOP state legislators who said they might vote for it. On Wednesday, Haslam’s bill died in a committee of the Tennessee state senate. The vote was one of the clearest illustrations of the increasing power of AFP and other conservative groups funded in part by the Koch brothers.”

"Koch Group Flexes Conservative Muscle in State Fights"

Major media outlets continue to take notice of AFP grassroots army in Medicaid expansion fights. USA Today reports: “Americans for Prosperity’s role in the swift demise of Haslam’s plan to expand Medicaid in his state underscores how the group — the largest grass-roots group in the expansive Koch network — is leveraging its clout to shape policy coast-to-coast. Its aggressive moves come as the network gears up to spend a staggering $889 million over a two-year period to drive its free-market, small-government agenda.”

"Meet The Group Blocking Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion"

Washington Examiner reports: “The D.C.-based advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has poured more money and resources than anyone else into convincing Republicans around the country to repel state efforts to grow the federal health insurance program…”

AFP-FL Releases Medicaid Expansion “Bad for Florida” Ad

As the Medicaid expansion debate heats up in Florida, AFP launches a statewide ad exposing the truth that Medicaid expansion would be a bad deal for taxpayers and families.

AFP Launches New Ad Following King V. Burwell Decision Upholding Obamacare Subsidies

With the ad, AFP reminds viewers that “health care is about people, not politics.” AFP President Tim Phillips said, “The Court’s decision today offers no relief for Obamacare’s victims. For too long burdensome taxes and mandates in Obamacare have been wreaking havoc on American families and businesses.”

Obamacare Cancelations, Again

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans will soon receive cancellation letters affecting their 2015 health care plans — and that number may quickly rise into the millions,” writes AFP President Tim Philips in a USA Today op-ed.

"Obamacare Enters A Downward Spiral As Co-Ops Fail and Enrollment Slows"

AFP’s Deputy Director of Policy Akash Chougule pens an op-ed in National Review detailing the harsh realities of the law’s failures. “As of this week, nine of the law’s 23 state co-ops — nonprofit health-insurance companies set up to help people enroll in Obamacare — have collapsed. Over 600,000 people who enrolled in co-op health plans will lose their insurance at the end of this year,” writes Chougule.

AFP Holds Sen. Michael Bennet Accountable for Closure of Obamacare Co-Op in Colorado

The new ad highlights Sen. Bennet’s broken promise that Coloradans wouldn’t lose their doctor or health insurance plan, set against the reality of the closure of Colorado HealthOp—the largest insurer on Colorado’s Obamacare Exchange— leaving 83,000 Coloradans without.

More Than half of Obamacare Co-ops Have Failed

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AFP Delivers 1,300 Petitions Demanding Immediate Audit of Failing Colorado Health Exchange

AFP Releases Open Letter to U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet on Single Payer

The letter calls on the senators to tell the people of Colorado where they stand on a ballot initiative that would do away with all private insurance and transform healthcare in the state into a government-run single-payer system. Tim Phillips, President, Americans for Prosperity asserts: “Americans for Prosperity is committed to stand against state-based policies that threaten the well-being of all Americans — like the single-payer healthcare system that will be on the ballot in Colorado in 2016.”

In 2015, AFP activists contacted over 9 million Americans about Obamacare and its impact on their lives.

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2016 brings headlines of Obamacare’s death spiral as insurers flee exchanges, premiums skyrocket, and plans are canceled—all severely limiting patient choice across the country. AFP continues to drive the narrative on Obamacare, making the 2016 elections a referendum on the failed law.

Paying More for Less

Freedom Partners launches the 2016 Obamacare premium increase tracker, a comprehensive data set of the health care premiums in all 50 states under Obamacare this year. Supporters of the law sold the Affordable Care Act to the American people under the guise that it would make health care more affordable, but the reality is that prices are increasing and quality care is only getting farther out of reach for those who need it most.

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UnitedHealth Group Exiting Obamacare Exchanges

UnitedHealth Group announces it will abandon Obamacare exchanges in all but a “handful” of the 34 states in which it operates, the first major insurer to do so this year.

AFP: No Bailouts for Insurers

AFP seeks to stop bailouts for insurers under Obamacare risk and reinsurance corridors. This remains a top priority for AFP throughout 2016 as the organization issues key vote alerts, letters of support for Sen. Sasse’s “Taxpayer Before Insurers Act”, and educates activists on the issue.

AFP Plans to Spend More Than $42 Million on Senate Ads Through September

Again, AFP plans to make Obamacare a key theme in 2016 highlighting lawmakers’ support for the law in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Missouri, North Carolina, Indiana and Wisconsin. (The Washington Post)

AFP Reaches Major Grassroots Milestone Hitting One Million Doors in One Weekend

From the group’s early days of cross-country bus tours, rallies and mobile phone banking, to today – reaching the milestone of knocking on 1 million doors in one weekend– AFP has consistently grown its grassroots capabilities advocating to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“If you go up to someone even remotely interested in health care and you say ‘Obamacare’ in the first breath, they are almost always going to talk to you."

- AFP President Tim Phillips in an interview with The Washington Post detailing the organizations sophisticated door-to-door tactics where Obamacare continues to be a key driver of the conversation

Politico: Humana Announces It's Pulling Out of Obamacare Markets

Forbes: Obamacare’s Co-Op Disaster: Only 7 Remain

The Washington Post: Aetna, the Nation’s Third Largest Health Insurer, Will Leave Most Obamacare Exchanges

AFP Continues Efforts to Hold Indiana Senate Candidate Accountable on Obamacare With #DontBayhIt Tour

The Indiana state chapter of AFP hits the road on the #DontBayhIt tour educating citizens across the state about Evan Bayh’s record on big-government policies like Obamacare.

AFP Launches “Cost Of Obamacare” Website

With canceled plans and premiums expected to rise across the country, Americans for Prosperity launches a website––to inform Americans about the still-rising costs of health care under Obamacare.

AFP Continues Driving the Narrative on Obamacare in Key Senate Races, Tying Russ Feingold’s Record to Clinton on Obamacare in Direct Mail Campaign

"Koch Network Activates Grassroots Army in North Carolina Senate Race"

Buzzfeed reports on AFP’s grassroots activity to defeat Deborah Ross in North Carolina. Activists are knocking on doors, making calls and sending out mailers all highlighting Ross’s support for big-government policies like Obamacare.

AFP’s Grassroots Power Cuts Evan Bayh’s Lead in Half in Indiana, Criticizing His Vote in Favor of Obamacare

Grassroots in Action:

AFP activists in Pennsylvania continue to oppose senate candidate Katie McGinty for her Obamacare support.

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Meanwhile, in Florida...

AFP continues to oppose senate candidate Patrick Murphy for his failing agenda with the launch of PayMorePatrickMurphy.com.

AFP Florida Doubles Down on Patrick Murphy

With a six-figure digital ad buy, AFP opposes Murphy for voting in favor of Obamacare nine times.

Keeping the Pressure on Murphy, AFP-FL Blasts Murphy After He Voices Support for Public Option

AFP Florida State Director Chris Hudson had the following to say: “As if Patrick Murphy’s nine votes for Obamacare weren’t enough, his ignorance to double down on the doomed law is absurd.”

"Republicans Seize on Obamacare Woes to Help Save Congressional Majority"

National media takes notice of AFP’s Obamacare-related efforts in tight Senate races across the country. As The Washington Post reports: Americans for Prosperity has focused most of its attention on Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Nevada. Obamacare repeal messaging is part of its pitch, and there’s no sign of a backfire.

"Obamacare’s Death Spiral Has Begun"

AFP CEO Luke Hilgemann pens an op-ed as news about Obamacare gets worse: “Recent events such as the departure of the insurance company Aetna from the vast majority of state exchanges show that Obamacare is entering the death spiral that experts have long predicted. Insurers are now heading for the exit, fast — and consumers won’t be far behind them.”

Grassroots in Action:

In Missouri, AFP’s grassroots activists have been opposing senate candidate Jason Kander for his Obamacare support. So far, they’ve contacted over 700,000 Missouri voters at the door and over the phone in their effort to defeat Jason Kander for the U.S. Senate.

Obamacare Key Issue in Nevada Senate Race

AFP makes headlines for it grassroots efforts in Nevada as staff and volunteers micro-target swing and undecided voters with a new mailer blasting Catherine Cortez Masto for supporting the Affordable Care Act.

"Obamacare Leaves Taxpayers Vulnerable to Special-Interest Cash Grab"

AFP continues to tell Congress to stop using tax-payer dollars to bail out insurance companies. “With billions of dollars hanging in the balance, Congress must take action,” writes AFP Senior Policy Analyst Melissa Fausz in The Hill. “By passing the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act, Congress can recover the $5 billion illegally distributed to insurers through the transitional reinsurance program.”

"The bottom line is that Obamacare has been one harm after another, leaving tens of thousands of Nevadans facing higher costs and fewer choices. So how can Nevadans protect themselves from Obamacare? Simple: Don’t vote for politicians who support it. That means opposing Catherine Cortez Masto."

- AFP Nevada State Director Adam Jones in an op-ed titled How Nevadans Can Protect Themselves from Obamacare

"Koch-Backed Americans for Prosperity Releases Attack Ad on McGinty"

In what has become one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country, AFP keeps the narrative on Katie McGinty’s support for taxes hikes and big government policies like Obamacare. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Americans for Prosperity Missouri Releases a New Digital Ad Showing Costs of Kander's Obamacare Support

As health insurance premiums continue to rise, AFP highlights Kander’s ten votes to protect Obamacare.

 

“The bottom line is that Affordable Care Act has proved to be neither affordable nor caring, and as a result Hoosiers are suffering. That’s why it’s essential that we change the status quo by opposing candidates who have supported Obamacare — especially U.S. Senate candidate Evan Bayh, who cast a deciding vote in enacting the law in 2009.”

- AFP Indiana State Director Justin Stevens in an op-ed titled "How Hoosiers Can Fight Back Against Obamacare"

Grassroots in Action:

With phone calls and door-to-door visits, AFP Missouri’s grassroots activists reach 1,000,000 voters with Jason Kander’s bad policies, like his support for Obamacare.

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AFP Continues Calling on Congress to Stop Obamacare Bailouts

Americans for Prosperity joins a coalition of more than 50 groups asking members of Congress to discontinue the ongoing bailouts of Obamacare. (Click here to view full letter)

Grassroots in Action: AFP Florida Hits Record-Breaking One Million Doors Telling Neighbors About Patrick Murphy and His Record on Obamacare

Grassroots in Action: AFP calls 100,000 voters in one day to defeat Deborah Ross

Add that to over 330k contacts AFP North Carolina volunteers have made at the doors and over the phones since early voting started.

"Koch Brothers Inject Fresh Cash Into Wisconsin Senate Race"

With the Wisconsin Senate race tightening, AFP returns to the television airwaves in the final week of the election with a $950,000 buy in Wisconsin. The ad highlights Obamacare rate hikes taking effect in Wisconsin and focuses on Democrat Russ Feingold’s support for the health-care law. (RealClearPolitics)

Grassroots in Action:

AFP Pennsylvania has made two million phone calls and knocked on 135,000 doors to get out voters ahead of election day. In total, the organization has pumped $2.4 million into canvasing, phone banks, printed material and digital ads, mainly criticizing McGinty for her support of the Affordable Care Act.

 

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GOTV Efforts in Missouri Use Mailer to Link Jason Kander to Hillary Clinton and Obamacare

The mail ad outlines the rising costs Missourians will face as a result of a Kander-Clinton agenda.

Days Before the Election, AFP Launches Mail and Digital Campaign Targeting Russ Feingold on Obamacare

AFP hones in on Feingold’s record on Obamacare. This comes as polls tighten in Wisconsin with Feingold’s lead diminishing,  promoting AFP to increase grassroots efforts and spending to ensure his defeat.

Grassroots in Action:

AFP North Carolina places 121,000 calls and knocks on 6,000 doors in final GOTV effort to defeat Deborah Ross.

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“As I’ve talked with folks across the country in recent weeks, I’ve heard the same growing frustration as six years ago. Voters are angry with the politicians who support this obviously failing law (Obamacare)--and come Election Day, they’re going to do something about it.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips pens an op-ed in Forbes predicting election day will be another Obamacare referendum

AFP Releases Final Ad Compiling Mcginty’s False Claims About Helping Working Class Families, Highlighting Her Support for Obamacare

The hard-hitting video comparing her record and her rhetoric comes as AFP volunteers placed over 125,000 calls in the final, pre-election weekend to urge voters to defeat Katie McGinty.

ELECTION DAY: AFP’s Predictions About the Obamacare Referendum Ring True As Massive Grassroots Effort Leads to Defeat of Seven Senate Candidates

With Obamacare a primary issue during yet another election cycle, AFP activists pound the pavement and spend countless hours on phones, educating their neighbors about specific candidates' support for the disastrous health care law.

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“AFP waged an intensive grassroots effort to hold the Senate for a pro-freedom majority, and we’re pleased with the results tonight. After tens of millions of direct voter contacts in tough battleground states, the American people have rejected candidates who stood for big government policies like Obamacare, cronyism and burdensome regulations that raise the cost of living for hard-working families.”

- AFP President Tim Phillips in a statement following the Senate outcome

Another Obamacare Co-Op Exits Exchanges, Leaving Only 5 Co-Ops in 2017

Obamacare continues its downward spiral after voters overwhelmingly reject the health care law by electing lawmakers who promise to repeal it. (Washington Free Beacon)

“Those lawmakers who vowed to oppose this failed health care law finally have an opportunity to put their campaign promises into action early next year.”

- AFP Director of Federal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives pens an op-ed in The Hill as AFP continues its call for Congress to repeal Obamacare

Finish Line Ahead 2017

Finish Line Ahead

For much of the past decade, Americans for Prosperity has invested in major efforts to see Obamacare repealed: phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and making contact with millions of voters across the country. Now, with this goal finally in reach, AFP urges Congress to keep their promise.

AFP Scores Lawmakers on Obamacare Repeal Resolution

AFP urges activists to send a message to their lawmakers to keep campaign promises and repeal Obamacare

AFP Launches Its Reform America 2017 Agenda With Health Care Reform a Top Priority

At the top of the agenda is an urgent call to action to repeal Obamacare and incorporate free-market principles into patient-centered health care reform.

"The Koch Network’s New Agenda: Familiar Ideas and Much Higher Expectations"

As The Washington Post reports, Obamacare repeal remains a top priority for Americans for Prosperity in 2017, as outlined in the organization’s Reform America 2017 agenda. The Post details AFP’s sky-high expectations for the year ahead as the group makes clear that the time for excuses is gone.

AFP Applauds Trump’s Executive Action on Obamacare Relief

The executive order directs federal agencies to ease the burdens of Obamacare on individuals and businesses, and allow them to offer additional flexibility to states in their implementation of the law. The group encourages the administration to also move ahead and cooperate with Congress on repealing Obamacare through reconciliation.

Humana to Fully Exit Obamacare in 2018

After scaling back participation in Obamacare coverage for 2017, Humana announces it will no longer offer insurance on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in 2018—another sign of Obamacare’s continuing collapse.

"Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Group Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal”

The New York Times highlights AFP’s grassroots pressure on Republicans, with activists urging lawmakers to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare. Tim Phillips says it’s time for decisive action. “Our network has spent more money, more time and more years fighting Obamacare than anything else. And now with the finish line in sight, we cannot allow some folks to pull up and give up,” Phillips tells The New York Times.

House Republicans Unveil Obamacare Replacement Plan, aka Obamacare 2.0

AFP expresses concern over the legislation, which fails to deliver on Congress’ repeated promise to fully repeal the law given that the plan leaves in some of the most harmful aspects of Obamacare.

Hundreds of grassroots activists rally outside the U.S. Capitol for Obamacare repeal, telling lawmakers "You Promised!"

Digital Video Compiles Stories of Americans Hurt by Obamacare

AFP’s new video serves as powerful reminder that there will continue to be a human cost to Obamacare if politicians don’t act decisively on meaningful reform.

Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Urge Republican Leaders to Fully Repeal Obamacare, Reject House Bill

AFP and Freedom Partners issue a letter to House Republican leadership calling the health care proposal “Obamacare 2.0.” The groups detail their concern that the bill currently under consideration in the House does not repeal the elements that made Obamacare so devastating to American families. (Click here to view full letter)

Grassroots in Action:

With the fate of Obamacare repeal hanging in the balance, activists mobilize during an AFP National Day of Action to discuss the shortcomings of the current GOP health care bill with their neighbors.

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AFP Announces Opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Ahead of Expected House Vote

The group says it is unable to support the legislation as it is currently written and plans to key vote against it unless significant changes are made. AFP issues messages on social media supporting lawmakers opposing the bill and announces a paid digital campaign thanking them for keeping their promise to demand a true repeal of Obamacare.

 

AFP to Lawmakers: Stand With Us and We'll Stand With You

As Politico reports, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners are making a commitment to stand by principled lawmakers who keep their promise on fully repealing Obamacare by opposing the American Health Care Act. This promise comes head of an expected vote in the House today on the GOP health care plan and on the seventh anniversary of Obamacare becoming law.

“In seven years, we have never wavered in our commitment to a full repeal of this disastrous law,” AFP president Tim Phillips said in a statement. “We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact. We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise.”

AFP Looks Ahead to True, Patient-Centered Reform

Following a cancelled vote on the House Obamacare replacement plan, Americans for Prosperity says lawmakers should move away from the flawed blueprint of the AHCA and, instead, craft a bill that repeals the core tenets of Obamacare that continue driving up costs. AFP is encouraged by lawmakers’ willingness to stand on principle when it comes to reforming our nation’s health care system. The group looks forward to working with Congress and the White House in the coming months to advance a true repeal of Obamacare with a fresh perspective. (Click here to read the full release)

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