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I nearly fell over when I saw it…a piece by AP writer Calvin Woodward which took on Obama’s ode to himself last night. I’m wondering if it will be showing up in newspapers like my local rag, the Las-Cruces Sun News which usually is full of AP stories, edited to make Obama look good…I bet they pass on this one.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.Obama’s assertion that “I’ve offered spending cuts above and beyond” the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by “eliminating programs that don’t work” masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are—beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn’t tell them:
THE SPIN: “That’s why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.”
THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it’s not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.
And it goes on from there to hit Obama’s statement that “every American has a right to affordable healthcare;” his claiim about spending cuts to offset spending; and his tax plan.
The format of the piece is simple and easy to follow: THE SPIN followed by THE FACTS.
Almost like a REAL analysis, instead of the typical thing we see these days with little words inserted to subtly editorialize about a subject. This piece has none of that cutesy crap going on.
Be still my heart. Just facts.
I think I need my smelling salts…
UPDATE Thursday AM
Yup, as predicted, no analysis piece from the AP in the paper today! Page 2 headline on the infomercial and how McCain is ‘on the attack.” OOOOH, bad McCain!! The story has no real substance, just political back and forth with a mention of the Clintons.
Page 1–homage to Sen. Bingaman who will now be the “Sr.” member of Congress from NM…Oh, BOY! A breif story on Sen. Kyl (AZ) talking to some business people in a last push for McCain (a “small crowd” — no mention of size). Also a disclaimer about the OBAMA WINS front page of the New Mexico Sun News, no relationship to the local rag (Las Cruces Sun-News). Gotta get that OBAMA face in there somehow today…