The One-Sided War Against Obamacare

| Wed Jun. 20, 2012 11:58 PM EDT

Abby Goodnough of the New York Times explains why misinformation and fear of Obamacare is increasingly widespread. It's the money, stupid:

In all, about $235 million has been spent on ads attacking the law since its passage in March 2010, according to a recent survey by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group....Here in the suburbs of Philadelphia, which, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, is one of the top five media markets for ad spending against the health care law, it is apparent how such messaging is playing out. (The other top markets are Orlando, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Pittsburgh; and Denver, all in swing states.) In interviews with about two dozen residents who were mostly opposed to the law, certain worries, resentments and dark predictions about it came up time and again.

By contrast, only $69 million has been spent on pro-Obamacare ads, most of it bland public-service spots from HHS. Add to that the fact that most Democrats seem petrified of actually defending the law, and it's no surprise that the Fox News portrayal of Obamacare has been steadily gaining ground. That's what happens when you slink into a corner when the other guys declare war.