The Ron Johnson campaign today announced a new statewide television ad featuring Wisconsinites who have been negatively affected by Obamacare. Late last week it was announced that health insurance premiums are increasing by an average of nearly 16 percent next year, and some Wisconsin families will see increases as high as 30 percent.
“Thanks for Nothing” features man-on-the-street interviews with Wisconsinites talking about their experiences and dissatisfaction with Obamacare. The ad gets its name from the final line of the spot, delivered by a woman who says, “Thank you Russ Feingold… for nothing!”
“Six years after voters fired him in part due to his blind support for Obamacare, Senator Feingold still doesn’t get it,” campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “Premiums have skyrocketed, Wisconsinites are losing their doctors, and despite Senator Feingold’s promise, folks were kicked off of their health care plans — yet Senator Feingold says these folks are just ‘pretending’ and still brags about being the deciding vote. After 34 years in politics, Senator Feingold has become just another out-of-touch career politician.”
- Senator Feingold bragged about being the deciding vote, and in 2010 said Obamacare is “going to look pretty damn good in two years.”
- Just last year, Senator Feingold said Obamacare is “here to stay,” and that it was “by no means as bad as some people pretended it was.”
- Senator Feingold said that the problem of insurance companies leaving the Obamacare marketplace will “shake out over the next couple of years,” but it’s “ultimately going to be very positive…”
- Senator Feingold wrote that if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. This was Politifact’s Lie of the Year.
- Senator Feingold has also said he was “deeply disappointed” the bill didn’t go farther.