AP FACT CHECK: Obama Ad Avoids Budget Realities

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  1. Revmitchell

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    WASHINGTON -- 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.


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  2. carpro

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    An outright lie.
     
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    Why are you lieing?:laugh:
     
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    Indeed. It's worse than "Read my lips...NO NEW TAXES!!", yet it is cheered instead of ridiculed. Just shows the power of the tongue when an elegant speaker says basically the same thing. America gets what it deserves :BangHead:
     
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    When I hear Barry extol the virtues for Liberty, Freedom and Free Market Capitalism I will believe him; however, I am unaware of any positive use of these concepts by "The One". Until he extols these virtues, I consider him a LIAR and a MARXIST.

    I amazed that 50% of our voting age population is buying into his emptiness. Guess after the past 30 years of declining education standards, this is what we should expect.

    We are now on the fast-track to Western European Socialism or worse. Please wake up American. Our liberty is too precious to surrender for the sake of a perceived economic security. FTR, I know McCain is a weak candidate, but he is our only viable alternative. I will vote for him, only because he selected Sarah Palin.

    Just words, just speeches. That is all Barry is.
     

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