Radio ads target health care plan

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam presides over a meeting at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., about his proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Jan. 21, 2015.

NASHVILLE -- The fight among Republicans just got personal over Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to use federal Medicaid dollars to fund his "market-driven" approach to making health insurance available to 200,000 Tennesseans.

A new 60-second radio ad, paid for by the Tennessee chapter of the conservative Americans for Prosperity, singles out state Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, and accuses the House assistant state majority leader of "betraying" a promise to oppose "Obamacare."

The ad cites Brooks' support last year of the Stop Obamacare Act and says it was aimed at preventing "Obamacare from destroying Tennessee's budget.

"But now," the ad says, "Brooks is urging fellow legislators to vote for Obamacare. Kevin Brooks promised to fight against Obamacare. Now he's fighting for it. Why is Kevin Brooks betraying us?"

AFP-Tennessee Executive Director Andrew Ogles said in an interview Thursday the group is running the ad because Brooks "is out there working to get votes so we just feel his constituents should know about it."