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U.S. Chamber of Commerce targets Nelson
Posted May 9, 2012 by William March
Updated May 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest-spending independent political groups in the nation, announced today it is airing television ads attacking Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who’s up for re-election in November, along with Democratic House candidates Alan Grayson and Lois Frankel.
In a conference call with reporters today, Chamber spokesmen declined to say how much they’re spending on the ad campaigns, but said the ad attacking Nelson will run in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Mobile and Pensacola.
The ad attacks Nelson over his support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration health care reform plan.
It includes the Republican contention that the plan cuts $500 billion from Medicare. Political fact-checking organizations including the Annenberg Foundation’s factcheck.org have called that false, saying the figure refers not to cuts, but to limits on the planned increases in Medicare costs.
It also includes the contention that under the law, 20 million people would lose their current insurance coverage. In truth, fact-checkers have said, that refers to a Congressional Budget Office estimate that many employers would stop offering group health plans, mostly for low-income workers, because those workers would be able to buy their own plans in state-based exchanges.
You can see the ad here.