Parker releases anti-ObamaCare television ad

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A day after the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on health care, Republican congressional candidate Vernon Parker was up with a television ad saying he'd repeal the law that provides coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

The former mayor of Paradise Valley, who is running for the GOP nomination in Arizona's 9th Congressional District, called President Obama's health care overhaul an "abomination" and a "travesty."

"We did not want it, we could not afford it, it should not have happened," Parker said during the 30 second commercial. "Now the Supreme Court has spoken and Congress needs to clean up the mess."

Parker and other Republicans are trying to use the issue to score points with GOP primary voters who are not pleased with the new health care law. Republicans used so-called "Obamacare" two years ago to win control of Congress.  

But it remains to be seen if the fire over the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Health care Act remains. A recent poll released by the religious non-partisan group Public Religion Research Institute found more Americans wanted the Supreme Court to uphold the law than wanted it overturned.

According to the survey, 43 percent supported the law, as 35 percent wanted it overturned. However, a considerable number of people (21 percent) gave no opinion.  The poll, which was published days before the ruling, also showed Christians of different faiths were divided.

Women were also more likely to support the bill than men by a margin of 48 percent to 39 percent according to the author of the poll. Perhaps the most important number for Parker and other Republican candidates was the strong opposition to the law from the GOP.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans wanted the Supreme Court to toss out the health law. On the other hand, 62 percent of Democrats wanted the High Court to keep it on the books. Also, more Independents, who typically swing general election results, wanted to keep the law than throw it away.

The numbers among voters not registered with a political party might explain why Parker also said he favors keeping some elements of the affordable health care act. While he wants to repeal most of the law, Parker said he likes the part that protect patients from being turned down for coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Officials with Parker's campaign said the commercial will be running on the Republican-favorite, FOX News, through the July 4th holiday. Brian Murray, Parker's campaign consultant, described it as a light media buy, having paid about $2,500. Following the holiday, Murray says there will be a larger television ad campaign

Parker is running in a crowded field of Republicans that includes former Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda, business owner Travis Grantham, military veteran Wendy Rogers, and ex-CIA operative Leah Campos Schandlbauer.

The winner will face the Democratic nominee. Currently, former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, current state Sen. David Schapira, and the former chairman of the Democratic Party Andrei Cherny are running for the nomination.