You would think there was an election coming, judging by the way political ads are starting to air.
But this is no election. The big political story is the rollout of Obamacare. In the last few days, we’ve seen a point-counterpoint between the pro-Obama Organizing for Action’s ad and one from the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.
Both ads feature a mother talking about treatment for a young child’s devastating illness. The pro-Obamacare ad is a relatively straightforward — and accurate — discussion of the elimination of lifetime caps on coverage.
But the AFP ad raises some questions:
In the ad, “Julie,” identified as a “mother of two,” says her young son began having seizures two years ago and his medical care “meant the world to me.” Then she goes on to say she has questions about Obamacare: “If we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need? And what am I getting in exchange for higher premiums and a smaller paycheck?” Continue reading