An independent political group formed with the help of Republican strategist Karl Rove is beginning an aerial bombardment against Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak today, ripping him for the Democrats’ health-care overhaul plan.
Crossroads Grassroots Policies Strategies (GPS) is spending at least $531,005 to run a 30-second “issue” ad on
The ad criticizes Sestak’s support, as a member of the U.S. House for “Obama’s big-government health care scheme.” It repeats criticisms that the program will increase costs for families and reduce Medicare payments to finance the expansion of health-care insurance. Sestak and President Obama appear, via the magic of Photoshop, together at a dinner table with opulent place settings and glasses of red wine. “Higher taxes and premiums, fewer jobs, Medicare cuts. The Sestak-Obama plan costs us too much,” the ad concludes.
A close-up shot of a plate suggests, not too subtly, that fat-cat liberals like Sestak are gorging themselves in
(Have to blow the fact-check whistle here, folks. Anyone who has followed Sestak on the campaign trail knows he never eats. Ever.)
Crossroads GPS is a 501 (c)(4) group under Internal Revenue Service regulations, and thus does not have to reveal its donors to the public. It also can accept unlimited contributions.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Daniel Malloy neatly breaks down a couple of distortions in the ad’s claims about the costs of the health-care plan, particularly the contention that it will cause 850,000 Pennsylvania seniors to "lose their Medicare plan." That's a reference to the 850,000 state seniors who have privately administered Medicare Advantage plans. Because the new law cuts payments for these plans, there is a concern that many seniors will have to go to standard Medicare. But they're not going to lose their health coverage altogether, as the ad implies.