This is a wonderful ad for Senator Mark Begich, who's running for re-election in Alaska. But it's as much an ad for the Affordable Care Act. Rather than hiding from the issue, it proudly makes the case why Mr. Begich supported it and why it's worth supporting by everyone. Giving the recent series of positive news stories about the ACA, as the country seems to be accepting that the law is here to stay, whether one likes it or not, I think it's very telling that Mark Begich is happily dealing with the subject head on. And given that this all makes it more difficult for Republicans to campaign on "getting rid of Obamacare," it might not be surprising to see more ads like this one by other Democratic candidates.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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