Take a look at this video from almost three weeks ago and decide for yourself if the AARP has withheld its endorsement from ObamaCare. If Barack Obama saw this 30-second spot when it first got released, he can be forgiven for assuming that the advocacy group had explicitly endorsed his plans for overhauling the American health-care system. Given its exhortation to call Congress and demand that health-care reform pass, it would be hard to assume anything else:
Special interest groups are trying to block progress on health care reform. Derailing a debate with myths and scare tactics. Desperately trying to block you from discovering that reform won’t ration care. You and your doctor will always decide the best treatment for you. Tell Congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing what’s broken with health care.
Does that sound neutral to you? It sounds like a script taken almost entirely from a Barack Obama speech. It’s also out of date. The Left dropped the “reform won’t ration care” argument weeks ago, in favor of “Insurance companies already ration care, and government can do it more fairly,” which has the benefit of honesty if not intelligence.
But the most ironic part of the ad is in its imagery. It shows cars chasing ambulances through the streets – in fact, fairly expensive cars. Now, what kind of person chases ambulances? And what exactly did Congress leave out of health-care reform, and what exactly has the AARP failed to mention in its campaign to get HR3200 passed into law? Hmmmmmm.
Update: I missed this, but Jake Skorheim notices that the cars representing special interests are all from … General Motors.