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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

\'Super PAC\' Ad Takes Aim at Obama Health Overhaul


The Republican-leaning “super PAC” Americans for Prosperity is debuting a new commercial at the start of the Democratic National Convention, suggesting that President Obama‘s health care overhaul would leave the United States with a system much like Canada's, one in which costly delays in treatment would threaten people's lives.

The commercial quotes a Canadian woman, Shona Holmes, who was suffering from a rare brain condition and came to the United States for treatment because, she says, the delays in the Canadian medical care system would have put her life in danger from the illness. “The system had become far more dangerous for patients than I had ever realized,” she says. “The American sy stem was there for me when I needed it, and it's time for Americans to get engaged in this debate.”

The Obama administration has asserted that the overhaul will still leave a market-driven system of health care coverage in the United States, and that such delays will not result from the changes.

The commercial is part of a $6.2 million purchase in swing states, including North Carolina, where the convention is being held.