By Callum Borchers, Globe Correspondent The Obama campaign called BS Thursday on an independentgroup s $25 million attack ad that accuses the president of breaking his promises. Stephanie Cutter, Obama s deputy campaign manager, used theabbreviation to describe an ad released Wednesday by the KarlRove-led nonprofit Crossroads GPS. In a 3-minute Web video, Cutterrebuts the ad s claims, one by one. But she often avoids thespecific facts presented by the ad and in one case misrepresentsits argument. First up, the attack ad says the president has not helped peoplewho faced foreclosure. |
That is flat out wrong, Cutter asserts. As evidence, she says 5.9 million homeowners have been able to stayin their homes by modifying mortgages under Obama s policies, afigure supported by a report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and theTreasury. But Cutter does not address the ad s claim that one infive mortgages are still under water. A March report by the mortgage data firm CoreLogic showed 22.8 percent of UShomeowners owe more than their homes are worth.
Now, second, the ad says the president broke a promise not toraise taxes on middle class Americans, Cutter says. They rewrong again. President Obama has cut taxes for all workingAmericans. The 2009 stimulus package, the payroll tax holiday and theextension of Bush tax cuts under Obama have, indeed, relievedAmericans tax burden. But the Crossroads GPS claim centers on a Heritage Foundation analysis of Obama s health care law, which showed that if the law sprovisions are classified as taxes, they do amount to increases --albeit future hikes aimed mostly at high earners.
The Obama administration said the health care mandate is not a taxthen argued before the Supreme Court in March that it is . Two years ago, PolitiFact called Obama s firm pledge that no family making less than$250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase a brokenpromise. Third, Cutter continues in the rebuttal video, the ad talksabout health care, and you ll like this one because we ve heardit before: It says that you won t be able to keep the insuranceplan that you have. Now that s just flat out wrong.
If you likeyour plan and you want to keep it, you can. Because many aspects of the Affordable Care Act have not yet takeneffect, it is too early to know for certain whether millions ofpeople will lose their current health plans and be forced into agovernment pool, as the Crossroads GPS ad forewarns. But a March report by the Congressional Budget Office projected that because of the ACA, about 3 million to 5 millionfewer people, on net, will obtain coverage through their employereach year from 2019 through 2022 than would have been the caseunder prior law. If a firm chose not to offer insurance coverage under the ACA, the report continued, some of its workers and their familiesmight enroll in Medicaid or [the Children s Health InsuranceProgram] or be eligible to receive subsidies through the insuranceexchanges. The CBO report suggests it is premature to label Obama s promisebroken or kept.
Fourth up is an attack on the president s plan to cut thedeficit, Cutter concludes in the video. The president hasalready enacted $1 trillion in spending cuts to help reduce ourdeficit and has a balanced plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillionover the next 10 years. In fact, the Crossroads GPS ad does not mention Obama s newdeficit cutting plan; it states accurately that he has not kept hispromise to cut the budget deficit it inherited by half. Callum Borchers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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