April 19th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton, Obama campaign battle over health care attack ads

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New Obama ad takes aim at Clinton over health care.
New Obama ad takes aim at Clinton over health care.

YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s campaign battled Saturday over television attack ads on the issue of health care.

Obama launched an ad in Pennsylvania Saturday criticizing Clinton’s universal health care plan.

“I just heard that my opponent has put up an ad attacking my health care plan, which is kind of curious, because my plan covers everybody, and his leaves out 15 million people, leaves them out in the cold,” Clinton told an outdoor audience here.

The Obama campaign responded to the New York senator’s criticism by pointing to an ad produced by a pro-Clinton 527 that makes the same claims about his health care plan as she does.

Obama’s ad, titled “Afford,” re-hashes critiques he has made against Clinton’s plan since last year, mainly that her plan forces people to buy health care even if they can’t afford to do so. The ad also suggests Clinton will garnish wages to pay for the plan.

“Instead of attacking the problem, he chose to attack my solution. I don’t think that we can just make speech about this,” Clinton continued. “We have to have a plan that we can actually implement that will provide quality affordable health care. That’s what I’ve been fighting for 15 years and that’s what I will fight for as your president.”

The Obama campaign circulated a script of an ad sponsored by the American Leadership Project. “Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan would help every American get affordable, quality healthcare. Barack Obama’s plan would leave as many as 15 million Americans uncovered…”

“So you would either be one of the millions without coverage, or you’ll keep paying more to provide emergency healthcare for the millions of uninsured. Call Barack Obama and tell him to support healthcare for all Americans,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

“Given that they have been engaging in a self-professed 'kitchen sink' strategy that Senator Clinton describes as 'the fun part,' their charges today are laughable,” said Obama adviser Hari Sevugan. “While they continue to employ the say-and-do-anything tactics of the past, Senator Obama is going to focus on the issues that are affecting the American people.”

soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. M.S. Indiana

    Well, i am confused on how she will enforce the health insurance deal.. Also how much is it going to cost each month... How much do you think the people can afford... we are after all not earning 109M in a few years...

    the other thing is,when they played on getting car insurance enforced for everyone, it did not end up being cheaper, but much more expensive..

    and how come you call it health care, and not health insurance ??

    think it would be better to leave out the middle men/corp. and do like most other countries do, pay it over tax instead...

    April 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Warren Richart

    Goggle this paul vs clinton

    April 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Jonathan, Clarksville

    Clinton leading by 5 points. Hillary is done. What else can she say?

    Obama 08.

    April 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Doreen Augusta Maine

    The truth of the matter is that Hillary Clinton's health insurance plan is a MANDATE

    April 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    Don't Believe Him
    Don't Believe Him
    Don't Believe Him

    Vote Hillary 08

    April 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Anne

    Obama once again shows that he is not above misrepresentation and deception – his insidious version of 'kitchen sink' politics. Everyone agrees that his plan is inferior and WILL NOT WORK.

    April 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. CAROLINAS

    Long ago, Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan was rejected. yet, she is clinging to that failed universal healthcare plan to make more money from lobbyists in Washington...shame Hillary.

    OBAMA 2008...!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Rob CA

    One wants mandates and one doesn't. Okay, enough. People, just vote for the plan you want. We all know the differences here and now it's up to us. The bickering needs to stop so we can focus on fixing our problems.

    April 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Fred

    She is like a car salesman. Dishonest and deciving.

    April 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Jay Shah

    I never understand why people would prefer Clinton's plan over Obama's. Clinton literally says that everyone MUST buy health care or their wages will be garnished.... don't ppl who vote for clinton see a problem with that.

    April 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Darams, Seattle.

    At least he's attacking based on issues, not some stupid tabloid subject. Votes need to know the difference between the two candidates on issues like healthcare, jobs, education and foreign policy.

    April 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Ki-Jana Carter

    Make no mistake, Hillary does not care about you or your health care. She is a slimy, ugly, disgusting human being. Go away Hillary, nobody loves you, not even your cheating husband!

    April 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Venus

    Stop your whining Hillary! Pack up your toys and hit the road! This party is over!

    April 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Retired Navy Veteran

    Do a Fact Check Senator Clinton Lying again...

    Will she ever stop lying to us?

    April 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Deborah

    All Smart Americans ban together and DO NOT VOTE FOR
    Hillary ROTTEN CLINTON

    Come on Penn. Make this over already

    April 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. CT Chriss

    "That’s what I’ve been fighting for 15 years ..."

    Results: Zilch, nada, nothing, zero, ...

    HRC, time to get out of the kitchen and support Obama.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Mike

    It is true...his healthcare plan does leave about 15 million out. To me thats not universal healthcare.

    April 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Sharon Minnesota

    I'm going to keep on giving my opinion on Obama even if I'm not heard in these blogs.

    Don't vote for him
    Don't vote for him
    Don't vote for him

    April 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. dave, michigan

    So if, Senator Obama is going to focus on the issues that are affecting the American people. Why does he then think that the poeple who disagree with him on guns, immergration and trade are just "BITTER"

    April 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. MD

    When Bill put Hillary in charge of healthcare, she magled it up so bad, and alienated so many White House satffers, that Bill pulled her from the project.

    Is that who we need to decide what kind of healthcare plan is good for Americans?

    April 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    American Leadership Project?! Who's that? A bunch of rich Republicans running for-profit hospitals?

    Hillary's health care plan is universal and affordable.
    Obama's is neither.

    April 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. lily

    Come on BHO, yours is not universal. Why don't you listen to Elizabeth Edwards. She likes Hillary's health care plan than you do. You are just waisting your money on that ad. You can't count my vote.

    Hillary 08

    April 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. c.a. leibow

    Yawn...I am so tired of the Clinton's and their desperation, it is becoming unseemly.

    April 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Obama lies about a lot of things and the press helps him by covering up the lies. The press is no longer journalism...it is propaganda. Hitler woulda been proud of your reporters.

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Chris

    The Democrats had the Presidency. Talk about giving it all away. If a couple of decent folks started a write in campaign for Pres/ VP right now I think they might actually stand a chance.

    April 19, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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