60 sec. ad. 


Female Announcer: Healthcare.  It’s a confusing topic.  Especially lately.  Everyone’s got a plan.  But who can make sense of it all?  

Universal health care where everyone is covered and costs are controlled is within our reach. 

With all these plans there is one fundamental difference, either everyone is covered or some are left behind. 

CBS News reports Obama’s plan, according to independent experts, leaves as many as 15 million uninsured. 

The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes: Obama’s plan would lead to higher premiums by rewarding the irresponsible who don’t get covered.  The column goes on to say that there is a quote “uncomfortable sense among some health reformers that Mr. Obama just isn’t that serious about achieving universal care.” 

Call Senator Obama at 202-224-2854.  Tell him we need universal care, not his plan that leaves 15 million behind.

Male Announcer: Paid for by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME dot org.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  AFSCME is responsible for the content of this advertising. 


Notes: The source of this transcript is "The Page" by Mark Halperin at Time.

Halperin also reported on a Jan. 4, 2008 letter to AFSCME International Vice President Gerald McEntee in which seven AFSCME International Vice Presidents wrote that they were "shocked and appalled to learn that our union-through 'independent expenditures'–is squandering precious resources to wage a costly and deceptive campaign to oppose Barack Obama.  As Barack’s standing in the polls has soared, according to numerous press reports AFSCME has spent untold dollars in Iowa and New Hampshire to send out mailings and run radio ads whose sole purpose is to undercut his candidacy."