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. jt

    Please stop calling names – I am saddned by this.

    April 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Josmt

    Harry And Louise all over again... Now who's using Republican tactics? Obama has no shame...

    April 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Danielle

    "Focus on issues that affect the American people..." (end of article) Uh... how does health care not affect the American people????

    Hillary's right. Her plan covers everyone. Obama's does not. That means that under Obama's plan, health care costs will go up for those who pay, to cover the costs of those who do not, such as those who go to the emergency room and never pay their bill. The only fair system is one in which everyone pays.

    The U.S. is the only industrialized nation which does not provide health care for all its people.

    April 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Jackson

    I'm not sure why people are saying she's forcing. If you watch her talk about the health care plan, she says it would be a responsibility like buying car insurance. In no way is that forcing because forcing you would be, in an extreme case holding a gun to your head and making you buy it. In a less extreme case it would be having to be pay fines or something for not buying it. That's my take on "forcing" so I don't see how her policy would be just that.

    April 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Rhonda

    I wonder what her definition of "affordable" is???

    April 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Ruth Philadelphia

    Come on, Barack. If people can't afford to buy health care, they can't be forced to buy it; they either have the money to contribute or they don't. Those who REALLY can't contribute, the poor, will be covered in ways that they are now covered. You know that Hillary's plan would simply have us all contribute, as we are able, to the cost so that everyone is covered.

    How would you cover those who refuse to contribute when they can? Oh, yes, you'd just leave them un-covered!

    April 19, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Larry

    Obama is a big liar, the only thing he is focusing on are bigger kitchen sink tactics!!!
    HILLARY 08 if not Mc Cain 08

    April 19, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Tab

    I don't want a plan that force me to pay for something that I may not be able to afford. And I don't want my government telling me how to allocate my money. True universal healthcare would be something closer to what Europe or Canada has. Anything less is not universal and therefore should not be mandated. Obama has the right idea. If we can't do universal then we can at least do affordable.

    April 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Sepo

    it looks like Hillary can throw the mud, but doesnt like when a few splatters get on her pants suit. She was used to the elitist position the clintons held in the US and the democratic party for a lot of years. now its changing and she and bill dont like it, they are no longer the center of attention. From this campaign it is apparent there is the Democratic Party and there is the Clinton Party. unfortuantely only one will win in November.

    April 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. John

    Obama is proud of spending $400,000 a day,$8.00million a month,which may run to $10.millionIThat is in Pennsylvania,Indiana,North Carolina,Oregon etc.. etc.This man is proud of blowing peoples money extravagantly.Some of same people whom cannot afford healthcare,food,a roof over their heads,cannot cope with bills,cannot afford gasoline on daily basis.Is this prudent?? No! and NO! Is this the president people want if elected or nominated?How can we be sure he is not going to blow billions of Tax payers money? A trend and arrogance is being set right now before your own eyes!! He spent tons of peoples money in Ohio and Texas,but Lost!!!! You can dominate airwaves to buy votes from Americans to slide you into the White House,but voters will think it over and block you at the nomination gate and damp you.Good luck Barack.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. lol

    hillary's plan is really a better plan. she really offers solutions. obama is all rhetoric.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. Jeanne

    Bring about prosperity and these issues will take care of themselves. We don't need universal health care or other socialist programs that will make for a bigger government but not much else.

    April 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    OBAMA === A CHANGE FOR THE WORSE !
    OBAMA === A CHANGE WE CAN"T AFFORD !

    OBAMA IS SUCH A GIRLY MAN !

    QUIEN ES MAS MACHO? OBAMA OR HILLARY== HILLARY IS !

    HILLARY ES MUCHO MAS MACHO ! GO HILLARY !

    April 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Arkansas Undertaker

    Who's complaining now, Hillary? Barak Obama is just telling the truth.

    April 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Jessie

    These aren't attack ads, they are highlighting the differences between the candidates. If pointing out your health care plan is an attack, you probably should get a better health care plan.

    April 19, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. typicalAmerican

    WHERE is all the money coming from??? WHOSE pockets are that deep? Obama outspending Clinton 5 to 1 – seems to me like something is wrong here!!

    April 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. a ross lyon

    I am fed up with Howard Dean calling for the super delegates to commit now. Why? With all the personal issues the DNC heavies seem to have with Sen Clinton....could it be that they can't tell her what to do, but feel they can with Obama? Given his relationship with the IL DNC–bet on it. He has taken party direction since he started in politics. Email the DNChttp://www.democrats.org/page/s/contact.

    April 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Emma

    Go Barack! Crash HER neck inPenn! We love you..

    April 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. fred

    Obama is the one that play dirty...and he has from day 1!!

    Down with Obama!

    Go Hillary!!

    April 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. At this point we don't know who is hypo.

    YES WE CAN! Yes he has to respond whenever necessary.

    Hillary want to have rough you give to her rougher.
    She can't ceculate a criticizen and ecpect her opponent to silent.
    Her healt care plan will force you to buy it if you don't want it. simple and correct.

    April 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. LD

    Clinton camp needs to shut up

    April 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. At this point we don't know who is hypo.

    Who is more of the hypo?
    You can' t always criticize someone and ecpect him to be silent.

    Now you know how it feels to campaign with criticism. It hurt when someone go negative on you intead on focusing on the issues.
    Don't whine now because you stated it Hillary.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Health care the right way, NYC

    I would not want to be forced to have health care if it means that it comes out of the tiny check I get weekly. I can't even afford to pay rent, or even eat a decent meal and Hillary wants to force me to PAY what little I have?

    I don't think so.

    April 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. James West

    The republicans will never allow Obama his communist healthcare. This dude thinks he can take taxes from everyone and just give it away to anyone. That will turn this country into a third world. But that is what many of you want to happen to this country because you hate it so much. Just wait, Obama = no jobs, Obama = no healthcare, Obama = widespread poverty, Obama = drug abuse and gang violence, is that the kind of country you want? A call to all of the Malitia, get ready to stop them.

    April 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. Les, Long Beach, CA

    Hillary taking the 'high ground' on health care has always been humorous to me. A reasonable argument can be made that she – -more than any other political figure around - is responsible for the health care mess we've sunked into over the last 15 years. She had an opportunity in 1993-94 to help lead real change on that front, and instead completely botched it. She blamed her failures on the insurance industry's attack ads, but in fact she alienated the Democratic leadership in Congress and submitted a plan that was complete fantasy. She didn't listen to her protege - Moynhihan - and her offering got shot down for the arrogant, devoid-of-reality piece of crap that it was.

    I wish Obama would bring this up more - if this is part of the 'experience' she's touting, I don't want to go through that all over again!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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