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Covered California Infomercial Hits The Web; Koch Brothers Ad Attacks Mich. Dem

Ads are appearing ahead of the March 31st health insurance enrollment deadline and the 2014 congressional primaries.

The Sacramento Bee: California Republicans Seeking To Capitalize On Health Law Vulnerabilities
The Barack Obama impersonator is well into promoting the president’s health insurance overhaul when he concedes a deficiency of the law: “It’s not going to stop you from doing stupid things.” “But if those stupid things were to break your legs, it is going to be right there,” the impressionist says in the introduction to “Tell a Friend, Get Covered,” a promotional Web video produced on behalf of Covered California for $1.37 million. The six-hour infomercial, aimed at a young audience and funded by federal taxpayers, has become the latest flashpoint as Republican officeholders increasingly raise questions about the rollout of the new health law (Cadelago, 2/13).

The New York Times: Conservative Group Enters Michigan Fray On Side Of Tea Party
The group, Americans for Prosperity, will spend about $230,000 on advertisements thanking Representative Justin Amash for fighting against President Obama’s signature health care law, officials there said -- a shot at establishment donors who are rallying behind his challenger, Brian Ellis. ... Americans for Prosperity, co-founded by the billionaire David H. Koch, has spent about $27 million in recent months, most of it attacking Democratic candidates for the Senate over health care (Confessore, 2/12).

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