Mark Neumann Takes Aim at Obamacare in New Campaign Ad
Former congressman criticizes President Barack Obama for abortion coverage in Affordable Care Act.
Taking aim at the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama, former Congressman Mark Neumann unveiled a new ad as he seeks the Republican vote for the U.S. Senate seat in the Aug. 14 election.
“I think that conservatives around the state of Wisconsin are adamantly opposed to it,” Neumann said late Tuesday morning in Waukesha. “I think they were deeply troubled by the Supreme Court decision. It is obvious it is one of the biggest tax increases in the history of our country.”
Neumann said his ad was released to set himself out as a conservative candidate in the race. However, a new poll released Tuesday suggests that Neumann has a lot to overcome if he wants the Republican seat. The Public Policy Polling shows that businessman Eric Hovde has taken the lead in the race over former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Neumann, however, only has 15 percentage points in the poll. State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is last with only 9 percentage points.
Hovde’s campaign apparently doesn’t feel Neumann is a threat either, saying Tuesday that “this is a two-man race.”
“The Thompson campaign will have no choice but to continue launching negative and misleading attacks against Eric while they desperately try to cover up his support for ObamaCare and paint the former governor as a conservative,” said Joe Fadness, Hovde’s campaign manager.
Neumann used the recent Supreme Court decision in his ad as he criticized Obama’s health care law for “attacking religious freedoms.”
“That is very troublesome when they are in direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Neumann said. “They are requiring our religious institutions to provide abortion-causing drugs to dispense from their hospitals and include them in their insurance policies.
“That is one step beyond bankruptcy – I mean we have all watched Barack Obama take us down the path of bankruptcy and that has to be stopped. This is the next step beyond that that he is now right in the face of our constitution, the First Amendment. It is a direct violation.”
Instead of Obama’s health care law, Neumann said he would work to reduce $1.4 trillion in government spending and repeal the health care law. In its place, he would like to see:
- Limits to malpractice lawsuits
- Expansion of health savings accounts as a form of insurance
- Insurance competition across state boundaries