The latest 30-second TV spot from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS attacking Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for his vote in favor of the President’s signature legislation is all lies from start to finish.
In the ad we hear from Richelle McKim, a 35 year-old mother of three from Castle Rock, Colorado who says that because of Obamacare, she was forced to return to work, even though her own Linkedin profile shows that she has had only brief periods of unemployment since 1997, the longest of which was just over three years from April of 2005 to July of 2008. In fact she last resumed work four months before President Obama was even elected and six months before he was inaugurated for his first term.
Prior to the full implementation of Obamacare this year, she and her children had coverage under an excellent health insurance plan provided by her employer, although her husband who has high blood pressure, a pre-existing condition, was uninsured, which she says “was a very good thing” for her family.
From July of 2008 to May of 2010, she worked for her husband’s business as the office manager before going to work for Andarko Petroleum until August of 2013 when she made the move to Noble Energy.
It is interesting that her previous employer, Andarko Petroleum is the largest contributor through its PAC to GOP Congressman Cory Gardner’s campaign against Senator Udall, having contributed $57,550 and her current employer has contributed $36,000 to Gardner.
McKim has even admitted to the lies in the ad telling KDVR TV:
“It wasn’t the Affordable Care Act. It was just a financial burden, having a single income for so long.”
She defends her remark that it was a good thing for the family that her husband didn’t have coverage due to his high blood pressure, a condition known to the medical profession as “the silent killer,” saying that they were allowed to make the choice as to whether or not he was insured and no longer have that choice, completely ignoring the fact that the law not only requires that he be covered but lower the cost of coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
“It’s alarming that when we have illegals here, they can still choose if they want health care, but we as citizens no longer have that choice,” McKim told KDRV.
Even after admitting her deceit in the ad, Mckim stands by the message saying:
“I think it captured the heart of my message, which is that entrepreneurship is a risk and when you’re imposing overreaching policies that mandate people have to buy things they can’t afford, it takes that away.”
Watch the deceptive ad below.