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Major National Ad Buy Ties Vaccine Shortage to Health Care, Gitmo

10:40 AM, Nov 5, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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A major national ad campaign is set to launch tomorrow tying the Obama administration's failure to provide the flu vaccine on time and in quantity to fears of a government takeover of healthcare. The American Future Fund has produced and plans to put significant money behind the ad that is set to appear on both CNN and Fox News, and to play nationally, starting tomorrow. THE WEEKLY STANDARD understands that the group has plans to buy air time on network television as well to coincide with the Sunday talk shows.

The script for the ad reads:

In July, the government said we would have 120 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine by October.

But only 27 million doses were available.

The government's estimates were off by… 77%.

93 million doses short - children, pregnant woman, seniors line up…for nothing.

Ironically, the government planned to give flu shots to detainees at Guantanamo.

If the government can't run a flu program, can we trust it to run America's entire health care system?

The fact is that the government still plans to give flu shots to detainees at Guantanamo, statements to the contrary by the White House notwithstanding. Opponents of Obama's health care reform clearly believe that the administration's failure to properly manage the production and distribution of flu vaccine to the American people will resonate with voters as the debate heats up in Congress.

Watch the ad below...