October 5th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp releases another health care ad

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(CNN) – Even as the McCain campaign stepped up attacks on Sen. Barack Obama’s judgment and personal associations, the Obama campaign is keeping its message focused on health care.

The campaign’s latest ad, “Coin,” implies that Sen. John McCain’s health care reform proposals would be a risky bet. “On health care, there are two sides,” the ad says as a slow motion image of a single dime being tossed in the air appears on screen. After detailing the differences between Obama’s health care plan and McCain’s, the ad ends asking the viewer “Isn’t your health care too important to be left to chance?” as the dime falls and lands off screen.

The McCain campaign took exception with how its health care reform proposals are being portrayed. “Barack Obama is not being truthful,” senior McCain policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said in a statement released by the McCain campaign.

“Coin” is part of the Obama campaign’s effort to focus the presidential race on health care and other issues that affect voters’ financial bottom lines. On Sunday, the campaign also held a conference call about health care reform policy that featured Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was the Kansas Insurance Commissioner prior to becoming governor, and the Pennsylvania and Ohio insurance commissioners. The call focused on criticizing Sen. McCain’s health care reform proposal.

Listen: Sebelius on Obama, McCain health care plans

The day before, the McCain campaign held a conference call of its own where it sought to refute the Obama campaign’s assertions about the McCain health care reform plan and, at a campaign event in Virginia, Obama called McCain’s plan “radical.”

Listen: Holtz-Eakin explains McCain's health care plan

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Texas

    Hellooo....knock knock McShame. People out there are losing their jobs, homes, health coverage, and their cars. My father in law stopped teaming two of his medications because he cannot afford them anymore. Several of my relatives are unemployed and/or uninsured. And the proposals you offer are crap!!

    October 5, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. RLT

    At least the ads obama has show his views on the average American concern rather than straying away from the issues. I'm more worried about whether I am going to be able to pay for health insurance for me and my children than worried about whether Obama knew someone who did bad things when he was a 3rd grader. I read the facts and the Obama camp's views are more factual than Mccain's. We aren't stupid. Mccain is trying to distract us from the real issues such as health care, taxes, retirement, and just being able to live. Let's focus on that. We don't need a stuffy suit who has had government paid health care for 70years to speak for us. Mccain's plan is not for the average American. Say it ain't so JOHN.

    October 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. AverageMom

    I have heard and watched the ads and the rebuttals. If I was going to pick a health care plan (if it was up to me), I would choose Obama's. nothing is going to be fool proof, however, I personally, do not want to be taxed on my health care which already comes out of my paycheck. It already seems that when we get a raise, then healthcare costs increase to offset the raise. In essence, we haven't received a raise. Mccain has not had to deal with this. He even admitted that he has had government health care coverage most of his life. Some people do not have that luxury. I'm not taking away the fact that he served his country. my father did also. He had to end up finding a job and had to get employer based coverage to cover his family. i hope that people are not star struck with the promises and look into the facts. The fact I see is that Mccain just doesn't get it. Country first? Mccain PEOPLE make up the country and we need a change from the last 8 years of 'saying' that country is being placed first.

    October 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |