The Republican National Committee launched an offensive against President Obama's government-run health insurance option, with a television ad that will be broadcasted in select markets in Arkansas, Nevada and North Dakota.
Titled "The Grand Experiment," the 30-second ad labels Mr. Obama's proposed reform as a "risky experiment with our health care," saying that such a program will drive up the nation's debt while unemployment rates remain at historic highs.
Dubbing the stimulus package as the "the biggest spending spree in our nation's history," the ad claims that the next generation will be forced to pay for new health care spending.
Children are seen in the background of the video with a voice-over stating, " they've loaned Barack Obama their future, without even knowing it. Trillions for rushed government bailouts and takeovers, banks, the auto industry."
In addition to the ad launch, RNC Chairman Michael Steele strongly criticized the president's health care plan at the National Press Club this morning today, calling Mr. Obama's plan "socialism."
"Obama-Pelosi want to start building a colossal, closed health care system where Washington decides. Republicans want and support an open health care system where patients and doctors make the decisions," Steele said.
The video is accompanied by a RNC Web site, the Barack Obama Experiment website, aimed at raising opposition to Mr. Obama's health care reform. On the Web site, Steele describes the president's plan as proposing "more debt, more risk, and more experimentation."
"Today, the president's experiments have left America in more debt than at any other time in our nation's history. And he keeps rushing his experiments through Congress so fast, so soon, that we haven't had a moment to think if they would really work – or instead have a devastating impact on all of us for years to come," says Steele.
The criticism comes in the wake of Mr. Obama's decreasing approval ratings and an evident struggle to pass the overhaul through Congress.
Another health care ad being launched today is being released by insurance companies in support of a bipartisan reform. The ad reveals the insurance companies as being in support of health care reform but stopped short of supporting a government-option as part of the plan. It is scheduled to air in at least ten different districts.
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