Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, held an emergency conference call this morning detailing the new ad in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare as constitutional. However, it is constitutional only if Congress taxes the uninsured at a higher rate. Given that this law fundamentally changes the dynamics of our government, AFP went into rapid response mode. The new ad, appropriately named “Not a Tax Increase,” will be shown in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This is part of a concerted social media effort to pressure the administration on the merits of government run health care. Facebook and Twitter will be heavily utilized and grassroots operations and rallies are being coordinated and executed throughout the country.
Yesterday, rallies in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Waukesha, Wisconsin, Montana, and Nevada were held in the hopes that the bill would be declared unconstitutional and for free market supporters to lend their voice in the ongoing effort to stop the Obama agenda. Mr. Phillips reiterated the polls showing that a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the law and how independent voters find it politically unpalatable. Hence, the reason why the president wants to move on and refuse to talk further on the legality of the takeover.
Mr. Phillips and the rest of the pro-free marketers at AFP will not back down. They plan to work with other like-minded organizations to change narrative, fight for full repeal, and expose this bill as one of the largest tax increases in our history. A direct contradiction to Obama’s campaign pledge to not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year. Furthermore, the president has gone on record to say that this takeover is not a tax increase. This provides AFP with an opportunity to expose this broken promise in the Obama campaign and continue their efforts in educating and informing the public about economic freedom and limited government. We simply lost this round, but public opinion is shiftable sand and tomorrow is a new day. We’re not down. We’ve just entered the next phase in our war with the institutional left.