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NARAL condemns video ad for comparing Obamacare to sexual assault

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

The pro-abortion advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America condemned an anti-Obamacare ad from the group Generation Opportunity and accused it of comparing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to sexual assault.

“Generation Opportunity’s new online ad ‘Want Creepy Uncle Sam?’ not only defiles our American mascot but disturbingly compared the ACA to sexual assault. This ad is brought to you by the same people who force the government between our legs when it comes to abortion access, forced ultra-sounds and birth control. At a time when the gender gap between parties is significant, this ad will only further alienate women,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

The conservative activism organization Generation Opportunity scored an interesting viral hit Thursday with the first ad in its “Opt Out” campaign encouraging young people to pay an individual mandate penalty rather than enrolling in an Obamacare exchange when the law is primarily implemented in 2014. The ad depicts a horror-movie version of Uncle Sam rising from between an attractive young woman’s legs at her doctor’s office and assuming the doctor role himself — a satirical jab at President Obama’s government being allowed to “play doctor.”

It’s not clear that the ad depicts Uncle Sam actually attempting to sexually assault the woman, but we’re not going to touch that one.

Generation Opportunity also put out a male version of the ad, strongly implying that the grotesque Uncle Sam will give an anal probe to a comely young man. This ad has drawn only about half as many viewers as the female version.

Though liberal outrage directed at the anti-Obamacare ad campaign was predictably shrill Thursday, the “Creepy Uncle Sam” ad really isn’t any worse than the awful and pretentiously twee ads the state of Oregon is running to promote its Obamacare exchange Cover Oregon.

A study by the National Center for Public Policy Research found that millions of young Americans will save at least $500 by opting out of Obamacare and just paying the individual mandate penalty.

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