Obama group airing ads touting health overhaul


The AP reports President Barack Obama’s political organization is running its first television ads boosting his drive to revamp health care. The 30-second ads began airing yesterday in Washington, D.C., and on cable TV nationally. A version will run on local stations in eight states to prod senators to back the health care effort. They will run for two weeks.

In the ads, private citizens describe problems they’ve had with the medical system and say it’s time for action. The sponsor is Organizing for America, Obama’s campaign organization, which has become part of the national Democratic Party. The group would not reveal the cost. The ads will run in Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska and Ohio.