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Reality Check: Americans For Prosperity Health Care Ad

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group, says WCCO-TV was wrong to characterize the group's ad in a former story as "based on a false premise: that the new healthcare law creates a government-run system."

Levi Russell, AFP's director of public affairs, objected: "Our ad doesn't say – or even suggest – that Obama's health care law creates a government run system," he wrote. "It does say that Obamacare moves us closer to a government run system."

He's right.

The 2012 ad featuring disillusioned Canadian patient Shona Holmes does not state the Affordable Care Act "creates" a government run system. We should have said the ad reflects a common, and false, impression that the US health care system may soon be "Canadian style".

The ad leaves a clear and misleading impression that's exactly what's happening, or about to happen, and continues a thread that began before "Obamacare" was passed by Congress in 2009.

In addition to the current AFP ad, we included in our 9/11/2012 Reality Check a 2009 ad by the group Patients United Now, an organization funded by AFP and featuring the same patient, just before Congress voted on health care.

TV Spot - Survivor by PatientsUnitedNow on YouTube

In it, Holmes relates her experience as a narrator lists Canadian health care problems that US patients face if ACA is passed.

"Washington wants to bring Canadian-style health care to the U.S.," the ad says .

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