(Image source: Priorities USA)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


A new pro-Obama ad links a woman’s cancer death to Mitt Romney and the private equity firm he co-founded. And it’s getting ugly.

“When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant I lost my health care and family lost their health care and a short time after that my wife became ill. ... I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone and furthermore I don’t think Mitt Romney is concerned.”

The implication? That in closing the Kansas City steel plant where Joe Soptic worked, Romney’s firm took Soptic’s family’s potentially life-saving health insurance away. It’s a charge at least three CNN correspondents took to task Wednesday.

ANDERSON COOPER: “A factually bogus ad from the leading pro-Obama superpac.”

BRIANA KEILLAR: “I think it’s inaccurate.”

ERIN BURNETT: “The woman who sadly died was covered by her own employer as her primary coverage, not even by her husband's insurance.”

The Romney campaign is accusing Priorities USA, arguably the highest-profile pro-Obama Superpac, of major distortions. Not only that, they argue, Romney wasn’t even running Bain at the time that plant was closed.

USA Today calls it a “new political low.”

But then again, The Huffington Post is reporting Priorities USA is defending the ad as “wildly successful.”

A Romney spokesperson Wednesday said under the governor’s health care plan in Massachusetts, Mrs. Soptic would have been covered. Mrs. Soptic didn’t live in Massachusetts. And you’ll recall the Romney campaign has often said his Massachusetts plan wouldn’t necessarily fit the rest of the country — or else it would be Obamacare. But Back to the ad: The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Kinsley asks, is it really as dishonest as Romney’s supporters are making it out to be?

“It does not accuse Romney of murder. It does accuse him of indirect responsibility for a woman's death. …  It remains true that but for Bain's decision to close the plant, she would have been covered by her husband's insurance. … It is uncontested that lack of insurance is what killed this woman.”

But again, according to CNN’s Brianna Keilar who spoke to Soptic himself, his wife’s primary insurer was through her own employer. Mr. Soptic was laid off when GST Steel closed in 2001, while Mrs. Soptic retained insurance sometime around 2002, until she lost her job and insurance. It was years after that — in 2006, that Mrs. Soptic was diagnosed with stage four cancer and died some 22 days later. President Obama’s reelection team maintains it had no involvement with the super pac’s ad. It is, of course, a requirement by law that campaigns don’t coordinate with their corresponding superpacs.

Pro-Obama Ad Links Woman's Cancer Death to Romney

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Aug 9, 2012

Pro-Obama Ad Links Woman's Cancer Death to Romney

(Image source: Priorities USA)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


A new pro-Obama ad links a woman’s cancer death to Mitt Romney and the private equity firm he co-founded. And it’s getting ugly.

“When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant I lost my health care and family lost their health care and a short time after that my wife became ill. ... I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone and furthermore I don’t think Mitt Romney is concerned.”

The implication? That in closing the Kansas City steel plant where Joe Soptic worked, Romney’s firm took Soptic’s family’s potentially life-saving health insurance away. It’s a charge at least three CNN correspondents took to task Wednesday.

ANDERSON COOPER: “A factually bogus ad from the leading pro-Obama superpac.”

BRIANA KEILLAR: “I think it’s inaccurate.”

ERIN BURNETT: “The woman who sadly died was covered by her own employer as her primary coverage, not even by her husband's insurance.”

The Romney campaign is accusing Priorities USA, arguably the highest-profile pro-Obama Superpac, of major distortions. Not only that, they argue, Romney wasn’t even running Bain at the time that plant was closed.

USA Today calls it a “new political low.”

But then again, The Huffington Post is reporting Priorities USA is defending the ad as “wildly successful.”

A Romney spokesperson Wednesday said under the governor’s health care plan in Massachusetts, Mrs. Soptic would have been covered. Mrs. Soptic didn’t live in Massachusetts. And you’ll recall the Romney campaign has often said his Massachusetts plan wouldn’t necessarily fit the rest of the country — or else it would be Obamacare. But Back to the ad: The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Kinsley asks, is it really as dishonest as Romney’s supporters are making it out to be?

“It does not accuse Romney of murder. It does accuse him of indirect responsibility for a woman's death. …  It remains true that but for Bain's decision to close the plant, she would have been covered by her husband's insurance. … It is uncontested that lack of insurance is what killed this woman.”

But again, according to CNN’s Brianna Keilar who spoke to Soptic himself, his wife’s primary insurer was through her own employer. Mr. Soptic was laid off when GST Steel closed in 2001, while Mrs. Soptic retained insurance sometime around 2002, until she lost her job and insurance. It was years after that — in 2006, that Mrs. Soptic was diagnosed with stage four cancer and died some 22 days later. President Obama’s reelection team maintains it had no involvement with the super pac’s ad. It is, of course, a requirement by law that campaigns don’t coordinate with their corresponding superpacs.

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