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Cathy Van Maren: Learn who is behind the TV ads
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Cathy Van Maren: Learn who is behind the TV ads

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Republicans spent 10 years fighting, blocking, undermining and obstructing an American affordable health-care program. Now, just as we have something to build on, they want to exterminate it.

A new TV ad, funded by a group connected to Republican operative Karl Rove, twists Affordable Care Act facts almost inside out. Who can afford to run such ads almost two years before the next congressional election?

Answer: The same Republican party that wants to gut Medicare, sell us useless vouchers for skyrocketing insurance premiums, end mental health parity, and remove pre-existing condition protections; the same Republicans that pushed Medicare Part D, making every senior buy a prescription drug plan (needed or not) with no defense against exorbitant prices and penalties for not participating.

In George Orwell's book 1984, blackwhite is "the ability to believe that black is white, and ... to forget that one has ever believed the contrary." Political marketers using data mining and frightening psychological techniques want blackwhite to be an everyday reality for U.S. voters.

Super rich Republicans, including a Goldman Sachs executive, a top Nixon White House staffer, and the co-founder of a data mining company back the group behind the current TV ad. Do you think they care anything about our families’ health insurance, our parents’ Medicare, or our neighbors’ pre-existing conditions? No. They do not.

Learn who’s behind misleading ads. (A great resource is Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy). We have to wake up and refuse to be manipulated.

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