Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is facing a hard re-election in November because she supported the Affordable Care Act, which has provided Medicaid coverage for over 6 million uninsured low-income people in the United States.
While providing millions of Americans with health care coverage might seem like a plus for most politicians, NPR recently went to the southern part of Louisiana and interviewed voters who hate Obama and "Obamacare" (audio below).
“I don’t vote for black people, lady,” said voter Beau Broussard. “No, ma’am. I don’t vote for black people. They got their place, I got my place. That’s the way I was raised.”
"If she hadn't voted for Obamacare, I'd still vote for her because she helped the people," added Broussard.
Landrieu’s supporters say they will vote for her in spite of her stance on the ACA because she has sided with big oil and offshore drilling, even though BP destroyed the coast when its offshore rig leaked tons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The billionaire Koch brothers via their Americans for Prosperity front group have been airing an ad in Louisiana featuring actors playing local citizens to slam Landrieu on the ACA, reports ABC News.
“Due to the Affordable Care Act, your monthly premium has increased,” a voice-over says in the ad. “No longer covered, due to the Affordable Care Act.”
However, the reality is health insurance companies and state regulators set monthly premium prices, not the Affordable Care Act, noted FactCheck.org.