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The ABC television network gave President Obama an hour to sell his health care plan in an extraordinary broadcast from the White House this summer.

But the network won't air paid advertisements opposing the plan.

What's up with that?

The network says it won't air the ads from the League of American Voters because it doesn't sell air time for "partisan" or "controversial" causes.

For one thing, the ads aren't partisan in any way -- either in content or in origin. The league is open to voters of all parties. And the ad addresses the issue of health care reform from a completely nonpartisan viewpoint.

For another thing, the subject matter -- health care -- is not intrinsically controversial. It's universally popular. It's just that we disagree on what to do about it.

Isn't that a good argument for more debate, rather than less? How sad that ABC-TV is willing to feature the case for Obama's health care proposal -- for free -- while turning down cold, hard cash to present the other side.

Well, we've seen the ad, and it's an important addition to the debate. A neurosurgeon in the ad simply asks how Obama can cover nearly 50 million new patients without any new doctors.

"He can't," the doctor says.

The result? Rationing -- and denial of care to Medicare patients.

We can understand why the White House wouldn't want you to see this ad.

But why wouldn't the media?

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HSR0601
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HSR0601 09/04/09 - 02:08 am
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Little affection for children

Little affection for children and young adults is seen as roots of this great recession :

1. Too few parents know about CHIP program.

2. They are more worried about the Afghanistan war than future energy.

3. Of young adults ages 19 to 29, 13.2 million, or 29 percent, lacked coverage in 2007.
current generation is to build a bridge for generations to come, and it will be great for both, too. By converting Incredible waste in health care system into funding for the uninsured young adults, both generations are better off after all, otherwise, Medicare and Medicaid system are also facing insolvency.

4. Two thirds of Americans don't understand what the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are proposing, according to a new CBS poll.

5. War-focusing allies are afraid of Science / Innovation.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 09/04/09 - 02:13 am
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Does it really suprise you

Does it really suprise you the ABC would not air such an add? Come one now...what did you expect?

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 09/04/09 - 03:44 am
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"2/3 of Americans don't

"2/3 of Americans don't understand" that say's it all

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/04/09 - 04:05 am
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2/3 of Americans don't

2/3 of Americans don't understand the bill, but 4/5 of Democrats don't understand it.

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carcraft 09/04/09 - 04:07 am
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HSR0601 on Fri Sep 4, 2009

HSR0601 on Fri Sep 4, 2009 3:08 AM "By converting Incredible waste in health care system into funding for the uninsured young adults," The Congressional Budget Office says that savings MIGHT cover 10% of Obumbler Care. I hope I don't need to remind you that every one of Obumbler's estimates have been off by more than 10%! Obumblers deficit projection was off by 2 trillion !

justus4
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justus4 09/04/09 - 04:20 am
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ABC is a news operations
Unpublished

ABC is a news operations probably headed up by a non-minority individual. His decisions are based on his life experiences, skills & training, and his particular agenda. The ACES is probably simuliarly operated along with its agenda. The article offers an observation of ABC and questions their motives, while citizens who read the ACES have questions about the motives of its paper. In addition, it can be questioned the skills of the individuals involved with the final product. Are any minority voices involved? If not, why? ACES: Anti-Minority Voices Banned would make a good headline and probably would be accurate...nothing new here.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/04/09 - 05:04 am
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JUSTUS, I think I speak for
Unpublished

JUSTUS, I think I speak for many here when I say we're about to puke hearing your broken record speech about "non-minority" media. Your president has had courtesy after courtesy shown to him, most never shown to past administrations. Despite this, he's sinking further and further in the polls. YOU WANT SOME CHEESE TO GO WITH THAT WHINE?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 09/04/09 - 05:22 am
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Just MORE government control

Just MORE government control

55 F-100
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55 F-100 09/04/09 - 05:38 am
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ABC, NBC, CBS are all

ABC, NBC, CBS are all pro-Prezbho, and will not air any subject contra to the Incompetent's attempt to "change" this nation into his model of socialism.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 09/04/09 - 05:43 am
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Have ANY of you read this

Have ANY of you read this health care bill?You really should READ it before you try to discuss it's merits.Did you see where the busiest border checkpoint was passed over for funds but the least busiest(3 people per day) was granted the lions share of funds?This is how health care will be handled.

bentman
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bentman 09/04/09 - 05:50 am
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When you can't compete in the

When you can't compete in the arena of ideas, you simply shut off the opposition.

concernednative
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concernednative 09/04/09 - 05:50 am
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Notice the editorial did not

Notice the editorial did not speak on the content of the adverstisement at all. And in American pretty much anyone is able to join any group so based on your premise we don't have any partisan groups in America. Lastly, when any president is on TV it is partisan because they are going to push their agenda. So would you rather the networks not carry presidents from here on out. Your partisan hack jobs are starting to make less and less sense at you try to attack Obama and the non-right wing media.

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Brad Owens 09/04/09 - 06:05 am
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I guess a commercial for

I guess a commercial for McDonalds is 'non-partisan'? I guess the folks at Burger King benefit on an equal basis from McDonalds ads? Pure lunacy.

1941
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1941 09/04/09 - 06:10 am
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Justus4; You keep on doing

Justus4; You keep on doing just what you are doing!!The ACES,and thier followers think, that everyone should think like they do, and when we don't, They are the ones that start calling us racist.What is wrong with disagreeing with someone, I thought it was called 'freedom of speech''!!! I knew the republicans, were underhanded, and nasty people after they did what, they did to Sen.Kerry , we should have expected, the way they are treating the president, because they thought in thier wildest dreams, that they would never see a black president in the white house!! They feel stupid, because ''one' got past them! Every thing that the president , do or say ''they'' will find something that, they have to have a ''rally''!! This is what ''they'' DO, WHEN THEY CAN;T HAVE THIER WAY.

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apex24 09/04/09 - 06:32 am
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It's not all health care most

It's not all health care most Americans are PO about. It's the general running of the government. People are getting tired of the way Obumbler and his cronies are wasting money. Look at the polls. You can't fall that fast without having a whole bunch of people PO.

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justthefacts 09/04/09 - 06:39 am
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1941, you forgot to put

1941, you forgot to put "they" in quotes in your final sentence. Just trying to help you out there. I find your comments hilarious BTW.

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jackfruitpaper833 09/04/09 - 06:43 am
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Way to go ABC by not allowing

Way to go ABC by not allowing that hate and lie to spew.

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Roeschen 09/04/09 - 06:55 am
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Ah - the hatred. The

Ah - the hatred. The liberals on this forum keep talking about how conservatives "hate" the president, "hate" people who aren't WASPs, "hate" children - when the only hatred being spewed is the hatred coming from the liberals pens. We have all stated we want health care reform, we just do not want THIS reform - a government takeover of healthcare. There is too much fraud, waste, and abuse in government controlled systems. But the liberals want to rant and call names instead of sitting down and coming up with a plan that will suit everyone. That is the way to get things done.

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bettyboop 09/04/09 - 06:57 am
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So fruity you accept

So fruity you accept censure..prohibiting free speech..differing opinions?.....Yes you are a barry sheeple....*shrugs*

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/04/09 - 07:07 am
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Libs are so predictable. If

Libs are so predictable. If you don't agree with the incompetence of prezbho, you MUST be racist, haters, etc.. Pay attention to the people that prezbho surrounds himself with. People, If you're not concerned about this crooked admin -- You're not paying attention.

TechLover
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TechLover 09/04/09 - 07:11 am
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"the ads aren't partisan in

"the ads aren't partisan in any way -- either in content or in origin." and "The league is open to voters of all parties." Ok, what is their origin? Who or what is The League of American voters? On their website, if you click on "staff", they evidently are a staff of one, Bob Adams. Adams, A Republican, lost the West Virginia Seante race, worked as Press Assistant to Republican J C Watts, served as Communications Director and a Senior Aide for Pat Buchanan in 2000,and worked for the RNC. Adams also worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right wing group founded by Paul M. Weyrich, a founder of the right wing Heritage Foundation and founded the right wing Free Congress Foundation with Joseph Coors. Both groups are funded by the usual right wing foundations, Castle Rock(no surprise since it's Coors), Scaife, Olin, Koch, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, etc. The League of Women Voters wnated to send a letter to them complaining that their name is causing confusion since it's similar to theirs, but their website has no phone number or e mail address so it had to be hand delivered to their street address.

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freedombelle 09/04/09 - 07:19 am
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I wish you ALL would step

I wish you ALL would step back and really look at what you are saying..all you are doing is trying to tear down each others political parties..there is a whole lot more at stake here than "parties" both of which STINK..Politics period..STINKS..We are but pawns in the game those in Washington & Atlanta are playing. We DO need health care reform but it shouldn"t be the expense of the working class people..Those of us who have a health care plan should NOT see our insurance companys raising premiums as often as we do..We complain about our Dr. bills but even they are controlled by insurance companies..I certainly don't agree with a lot of what I have heard on tv about the plan the President is pushing. I think there should be a "few" honest people left in Washington who would try to refine the plan so that the people are NOT the one's to lose..that is usually what happens..AND..we might not be in the mess we are in IF those big politicians in would pay their taxes. I sure have to PAY every year and I am retired..We think we are electing good people to office and once they are there a couple of years they become just like all the rest..Crooks..

getalife
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getalife 09/04/09 - 07:40 am
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Freedombelle, I agree with

Freedombelle, I agree with your comments. We as Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans should be concerned about our representatives working out the best health care plan for all Americans. I think most of these politicians only care about what they receive and are not concerned for their constituents. I also don't want the government running and ruining our health care system.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/04/09 - 08:03 am
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tl... You are always so

tl... You are always so quick to find ALL the information you can on any conservative or their cause. Why don't we get that kind of information from you on the ultra-leftist czars that prezbho has appointed to run our country. How about your full expose' on some of the czars like Van Jones or Eric Holdren or any of the others? You are so quick to go after a conservative but completely ignore those (even communists) that are being given control of our country. We need to pay more attention to the people that prezbho surrounds himself with. If you're not concerned -- You are not paying attention.

pah4r
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pah4r 09/04/09 - 08:14 am
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Sane people of the US unite

Sane people of the US unite before it is too late and stop this mad man and his czars from seizing control of everything and in the case of the sheeple also their minds. NOW PLAY NICE AND REMEMBER NOTHING SAID DISBARGING ABOUT THE EMPTY SUIT, FOR TO DO SO YOU ARE UN-AMERICAN AS NANCY HAS SAID.

TechLover
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TechLover 09/04/09 - 08:18 am
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The Leagues street address

The Leagues street address and suite number is the same as that of Americans for Tax Reform. ATR as the same right wing funders listed above with the addition of R J Reynolds, Phillip Morris, and The Tobacco Institute. They also have ties with Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist. 0They also want to pull Alexander Hamilton off of the $10 bill and replace him with Reagan). The League has the street address of Washington DC, yet their 501(C)3 is listed as formed in California and their web domain name adrress is listed as West Virgina and the registrant is listed as Latinos USA. (odd?) The ad was evidently written by Dick "toe sucking" Morris and if you donate over $250 you get a free copy of Morris's book. You can also get a trial subscription to right wing Newsmanx Magazine (founded by right wing Christopher Ruddy and initial funding by, you guessed it, Richard Mellon Scaife). I guess this is the AC's definition of non-partisan.

concernednative
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concernednative 09/04/09 - 08:20 am
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I know you all don't like

I know you all don't like Obama for various reasons. However, along with the office of presidency comes the "bully pulpit". No outlet would ever turn down access to the president or not cover him. I don't care if it is a dem, repub, or indy. It's not like when Bush or Clinton or anyother president in this era spoke they were not surrounded by cameras. We no longer has rational debate from the right it is like who can bake the most provactive claims against the president is all they care about.

TechLover
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TechLover 09/04/09 - 08:29 am
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converted: There are plenty

converted: There are plenty of right wingers on this site who post on anything from the left. Of course many seem to get their info from blogs and nutcase sites like prisonplanet. It seems that lately the AC is getting all of it's editrorials from the topic du jour on these sites. Somebody needs to keep them honest. I happily take that role, especially when they start using info from all these front groups that are all funded by the same handful of sources.

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unconsciousirony 09/04/09 - 08:36 am
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This genius editorial writer

This genius editorial writer writes as though insurance companies don't already ration healthcare by determining what services, tests, and procedures they are and aren't going to pay for. This writer doesn't seem to know that a large number of private health insurance companies/plans will stop covering a person after a certain expense limit is reached. This writer doesn't seem to know that if a person is put out of commission too long by injury or illness and can't pay their bills, private insurance will drop coverage in a heart-beat, and you are only covered by Medicaid if your income drops below poverty-level. Once one is on Medicaid they are covered until they get out of poverty. If private health insurance was doing as good a job of taking care of people as the government could, already does: a majority of Americans wouldn't have elected Obama to reform the system.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/04/09 - 08:38 am
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The difference is that you

The difference is that you choose to go after any conservative and completely ignore those that are in charge of running our country and making the important decisions. Those are the ones that I would think you would be more concerned with. Who donates what to whomever doesn't compare to those that have the ability to make policy for OUR great country. For prezbho to give racists, communists, socialists, etc. the power he has given them speaks volumes about prezbho and his admin. People need to pay more attention to the people that prezbho surrounds himself with. If you're not concerned -- You're not paying attention.

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