‘Creepy Uncle Sam’ ads attack Obamacare, create backlash for scare tactics
SEATTLE — Generation Opportunity, a Virginia-based group known to have ties to the Koch brothers, is generating a lot of chatter for its “Creepy Uncle Sam” videos that attack Obamacare by portraying grimacing examples of rectal and pelvic examinations on a young man and woman.
The ads show the two young adults going to the doctor after signing up for Obamacare, and are aimed at deterring young adults from embracing the health care act.
The ads have infuriated many Obamacare supporters, including Sen. Patty Murray, who released a statement that said:
“This ad represents right-wing scare tactics at the most deplorable and sexist level and Republican leaders in the House and Senate should immediately repudiate these tactics and those who stoop to use them. Not doing so would represent a tacit endorsement of continued lies that are expressly aimed at intimidating women in their most private moments.
“This ad shows the utter disregard the right-wing continues to have for women, their privacy, and their ability to make decisions about their own bodies. You would think that over the past few years, as conservatives have continually tried to unsuccessfully redefine rape and block VAWA protections for millions of at-risk women, that they would have learned. However, this ad is a reminder that Republicans are ready and willing to employ any means necessary to lie and frighten young women, all for political gain.
“It’s also particularly galling that this ad comes from conservative activists who continually try to insert government between a woman and her doctor. I’ve spent my career fighting these same people on a woman’s right to choose, access to contraception, and their desire to have a say in just about every health care decision a woman makes. That hypocrisy is just another reason this ad is sickening.”
Watch the videos here: