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Obama ad twists McCain’s words on health care “deregulation”
September 22, 2008, 11:02 pm
Filed under: Democrats, McCain, Obama, Republicans

From FactCheck.org,

An Obama-Biden ad falsely claims McCain says he wants to “do the same to our health care” that “Wall Street deregulation” has done to the banking industry. The ad relies on a single phrase from a journal article under McCain’s byline, in which he said he would reduce regulation of health insurance “as we have done over the last decade in banking.” But the full context reveals that McCain was referring narrowly to his proposal to allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Later FactCheck shows,

The Obama-Biden ad ends by calling McCain’s plan “a prescription for disaster,” as those words, credited to the Boston Globe, flash on screen. Unlike the first quote cited in the ad, this one is accurate. It comes from a Sept. 21 Globe editorial that compared McCain’s and Obama’s health care plan, raising objections to McCain’s. Here’s the quote in context:

Globe editorial (Sept. 21): There is no comparable lab test, however, for the radical revision of healthcare that McCain is proposing. For all of his moderate positions on immigration and climate change, on healthcare he has endorsed a right-wing ideologue’s vision: destroy employer-based coverage and turn Americans over to the tender mercies of private nongroup insurers in an unregulated environment. It’s a prescription for disaster. 

Obama and Biden may share that assessment of McCain’s plan, as their ad says. But the ad’s main criticism rests on distorting McCain’s words rather than evaluating an actual component of his health care proposal.

To see the entire Fact Check post click here.

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