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Obama and the health care ad wars

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

The August debate over President Obama’s health care plan includes a massive barrage of air wars, ads from all sides of an emotional debate. Here’s a look at one of the television ads from the Democratic National Committee.

THE SCRIPT: “On health insurance reform, what’s in it for you? Iron-clad health insurance guarantees … President Obama’s plan will end unfair insurance practices … like denying coverage for a pre-existing condition … outrageous out of pocket expenses … and dropping coverage when you get too sick … Health insurance reform means your family’s care comes first, not insurance industry profits … Call Congress. Tell them when it comes to health insurance reform, there’s something in it for all of us.”

IMAGES: Pictures of families with children, sandwiched around photos of President Obama and a hospital emergency room.

REALITY CHECK: Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, says the organization has proposed plans to address all of the concerns raised in the ad. Zirkelbach says, “the inconvenient fact is that our industry supports reform and has stepped up and offered proposals that would fundamentally change how health insurance is provided in this country.”

WHERE IT’S PLAYING: National cable news networks, as well as New Hampshire, Montana, and Colorado — the three states Obama just happens to be visiting this week for health care town halls.

Source: AP

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