The Corner

Dem Ads vs. The Health-Care Bill

Politico reports on a study showing that the dollar amount spent on ads critical of the health-care bill is three times as high as on those supportive of the bill — among Democratic candidates alone. According to the article, “Democratic candidates have poured $930,000 into ads deriding the health overhaul but just $300,000 in pro-reform spots.” The article goes on to quote Kantar Media’s Evan Tracey, who did the study: “There doesn’t seem to be a significant effort to try and dial some of that criticism down, turn a negative into a positive.” (Of course, this could be because there’s not much positive to found.) Surviving Democrats who run these anti-health-care ads in their campaigns will have a tough time explaining why they didn’t vote for the expected Republican repeal effort in the next Congress.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide.

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