published Friday, August 30th, 2013

New Lamar Alexander TV ad targets health care

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign released a television ad Thursday aimed at bolstering the two-term lawmaker's conservative credentials as an opponent of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The 60-second ad, Alexander's second television spot, began running statewide Thursday.

"Lamar Alexander led the conservative fight against Obamacare," a narrator states. "Voted 23 times against it. Stood up to the president at the White House health care summit."

Much of the ad features C-SPAN video of an exchange between Alexander and Obama over the senator's assertion that health insurance premiums would go up under the law.

The ad takes the same line as a recent Alexander radio ad. It's going up as state Rep. Joe Carr, a Lascassas Republican mounting a primary challenge, slams Alexander for not joining efforts to defund Obamacare.

Carr says Alexander's record is "more liberal" than that of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat.

Alexander seized on news the Obama administration has delayed until mid-September plans to sign final agreements with insurance plans that are to be sold to Americans through exchanges beginning Oct. 1.

"I've been warning that a train wreck is coming with this law, but the truth is that no train wreck has ever had this many warning signs," Alexander said in a statement. "The avalanche of last-minute delays should make every American anxious about the quality of the health care they'll be able to purchase in October."

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