Ad Watch: Republicans’ Obamacare ad rings true

A Republican-financed ad attacks Ami Bera for a vote to support the federal health care law.
A Republican-financed ad attacks Ami Bera for a vote to support the federal health care law.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican group affiliated with House Speaker John Boehner, is wading into the heavily targeted 7th Congressional District, hitting Sacramento-area Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for his support of the federal Affordable Care Act. The ad opens with a video snippet of Bera, a medical doctor, addressing GOP challenger Doug Ose at the pair’s recent debate.

Following is text of the ad and an analysis by Christopher Cadelago of The Bee Capitol Bureau.

Text: Bera: “How many times does someone have to call something a lie until you stop telling it?”

Narrator: “Ami, that’s a good question. They said, if we like our doctors, our plans, we could keep them. But it turned out to be the lie of the year. Yet Ami Bera voted with Nancy Pelosi to support Obamacare, even as families lost their plans and doctors. Ami Bera. We can’t afford any more of the lies.”

Analysis: The ad misses out on some context, but offers little to quibble with factually.

It’s true that Democrats, namely President Barack Obama, repeatedly told Americans that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” The president was forced to apologize once it became clear that this wasn’t the case, and the line became PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year for 2013.” The nonpartisan, Pulitzer Prize-winning service is run by the Tampa Bay Times.

While the ad makes Bera out to be a lockstep vote with House Democratic leader Pelosi, he did join with Republican Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana on an unsuccessful effort to delay the collection of billions in new taxes on insurance companies under Obamacare.

Bera did oppose Republican-led efforts to repeal the health care law, which indeed forced many families in California to find new plans and doctors. However, the law also banned insurance companies from denying coverage or charging people more for having pre-existing health conditions.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.