Even though Scott ran his own anti-Obamacare group, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, to pressure Democrats to oppose the Affordable Care Act, his recent admission that Obama’s re-election cements the health law in place is a reality that Americans for Prosperity would rather not confront. According to the group’s Florida director, “Florida should not agree to be the de-facto administrator of the federal government’s rules, regulations and mandates. In light of the recent election, it is clearly now up to the states to get our fiscal house in order. Succumbing to Washington largesse and regulation is the wrong path for Florida.”
In fact, the American public agrees with the very statement that Americans for Prosperity is so quick to attack. Public support for repealing Obamacare plunged to an all-time low after the election results came in, and the majority of Americans believe that lawmakers now need to work within the existing structure of the health reform law. Americans also report broad support for the health reform law’s major provisions, even though many of them remain unsure about the details of what the law contains since Obamacare is not yet fully in effect.
But Americans for Prosperity may be slow to come around to Obamacare because they have already poured so much money into their failed effort to elect Republicans and repeal the law. A ThinkProgress analysis of the Kantar Media Group’s CMAG data reveals that Americans for Prosperity spent over $10 million during the 2012 campaign cycle on ads attacking Obamacare and the candidates who supported it. They dropped over $5 million on just one anti-Obamacare ad spot, falsely describing the health law as “one of the largest tax increases in history,” even though the Affordable Care Act actually represents a massive tax cut for the middle class.