Mitt Romney’s campaign has been pushing back against a controversial Priorities USA ad that I called “The Best ObamaCare Ad You’ll Ever See.” In the ad, a worker from a plant that was closed by Bain Capital tells how, following his layoff and loss of family insurance, his uninsured wife avoided going to the doctor and later died of cancer. Romney’s camp insists that this ad insinuates Romney killed the woman, and some figures in the media rushed to acquit him.
This distraction is useful for Romney because it focuses the discussion on something that isn’t being said instead of looking at how Romney’s actual policy proposals would affect the uninsured. Luckily, Jonathan Alter has brought the issue back into focus.
“People will die in the United States if Obamacare is repealed,” Alter told Ed Schultz on The Ed Show Thursday evening. “That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. It’s a simple fact.”
How do we know that Americans will die if ObamaCare is repealed?