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Florida Dems want stations to pull Scott's 'misleading' Obamacare ad

The Florida Democratic Party sent a letter Thursday morning to 67 television stations in all 10 media markets asking them to refrain from airing the "patently false" attack ad from the Rick Scott campaign featuring Democrat Charlie Crist's support of Obamacare. 

The $2 million ad campaign was launched last week by the governor's "Let's Get to Work" committee and features former Gov. Charlie Crist being asked by CNN if he thought Obamacare has harmed Floridians and he replies "I don't think so at all. I think it's been great." The ad also repeats statements about the impact of Obamacare that the Associated Press and PolitiFact have demonstrated are inaccurate.

“This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about the impact of the Affordable Care Act,’’ writes lawyer Mark Herron for the Democratic Party. “As a responsible media source, it is your duty to ensure that this type of advertising does not contain patently false information. The FDP would strongly urge you to refrain from airing this advertisement.”  Download Obamacare Great Cease and Desist

The letter then cites reports by PolitiFact and a story by Associated Press reporter Gary Fineout that demonstrated the ads were inaccurate. Herron attaches a point-by-point rebuttal.  Download 2014 03.24 Charlie Crist on Obamacare Great Rebuttal

The ad says that “news reports say 300,000 health plans cancelled,’’ but the Democrats point out that a spokesman for Florida Blue, which held the plans, told the Associated Press this month that policyholders who initially had been notified that they could lost their plans have actually "kept their plans." 

The ad also claims that the federal government says that Obamacare will result in “less work hours for American jobs.” The Democrats say that is inaccurate by citing a February PolitiFact report that refers to a Congressional Budget Office report which concluded that some Americans will decide on their own to work fewer hours because of the greater access to insurance on the individual market and subsidies to help pay for it from Obamacare. PolitiFact this week examined the ad and ruled it "mostly false."

The Democrats also note that the ad quotes a CBO report claiming “Obamacare will drive 2.5 million Americans out of the workforce” when the phrase never appeared in the CBO report.

The Republican Party of Florida called the letter "another example of amateur lawyering by Florida Democrats.

"They are desperately trying to change the subject away from the fact that they, and their darling candidate Charlie Crist, support a devastating, disastrous, and wildly unpopular law that harms Floridians. It didn’t work before and it won’t work this time,” said RPOF spokeswoman Susan Hepworth.

This is the second time the party has asked television stations to take down an ad by the governor’s campaign. Two weeks ago, the party said the governor’s first ad of the campaign titled “Families” violated Florida law because it failed to prominently indicate that it was paid for by the governor’s campaign because it said only that it was “sponsored by Let’s Get to Work.”



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Highly paid Republican operative

We ain't taking nothing down.

Ed Jenkins

The citizens want to believe that their TV stations and newspapers are unbiased sources of information in spite of their favoritism of one political party for many years. The scumbag crist apparently believes that this favoritism will continue and given the positive treatment of this horrible man so far there may be reason for him to believe that but the TV stations can show that they are trying to correct many years of errors by ignoring this and future requests for benefits toward one political party. This democrat party voter believes that it is even good for the party because the party has become lazy, lowered standards to the level of a scumbag like crist and adopted offensive and anti-American positions because they know that their partners in the TV stations and newspapers will cover up for them.


Why can't Democrats support the First Amendment? Being tyrants at heart, perhaps it's just not in them to allow citizens the right to speak, worship, or live without them telling us how we're doing it wrong and demanding that, because only they know 'truth' and 'best' way to live, they control everything--just like North Koreans...

Fear and Loathing in Kendall

Where's the ACLU hear. You can argue the finer and not so fine points of obamacare, but this ad is far from screaming FIRE in a crowded theater.


Florida Democrats are running scared and see the writing on the wall. They will lose by wide margins during the upcoming elections. Boohoo

Seth Platt

Republicans have nothing but lies and slander to run on, oh and paid anonymous blog commenters who are not worth &#^&%.

Highly paid Republican operative

I am so worth &#^&%!


Shut the hell up you loser platt. No one wants to be in your party of losers except for welfare collecting scum and race baiters.

Eli Zion

Republican platform is all about lies and misinformation. For being part of the religious "right" they sure are wrong. And it's only because of idiotic voters do they even have 1 seat in the house or senate. Hopefully one day Americans will get educated and vote for progress and not backward republican propganda.

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