Obama Takes on Health Care
Departing from a traditional stump speech for his visit in Newport News, Barack Obama chose to spend his day in the Commonwealth, touting his health care plan and hammering John McCain’s.
Obama called McCain’s plan “out of touch” and “radical”. He specifically attacked McCain’s plan to provide a $5,000 tax credit to families to help them pay for health insurance. Obama called that aspect of the plan “Washington bait and switch” and accused McCain of attempting to place a tax on health benefits.
McCain’s camp quickly responded, calling Obama’s charges false and adding that the only group that would face a tax burden that would be larger than their credit would be only the “very wealthy.” They also say that their plan allows for more choices in health care, while the Obama plan is the road to government run health care and ultimately socialism.
It seems, that Obama is making much greater headway with voters, by sticking to talking points, keyed in on specific issues. He seems to be having a much greater impact by throwing out quotes like this today in Newport News:
“So when you read the fine print, it’s clear John McCain is pulling an old Washington bait and switch. It’s a shell game. He gives you a tax credit with one hand, but he raises your taxes with the other.”
The McCain camp responded with conference calls and lengthy memos highlighting the areas where they feel Obama’s claims are false. I’m not sure the average voter will take in both sides of the argument the same way.