Nonpartisan PolitiFact: Ad attacking Bredesen on backing 'single-payer' health care system 'mostly false'

Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen speaks at a summit on the opioid crisis put on by Healthy Tennessee, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Bredesen said Friday that his first action in the U.S. Senate would be to file or co-sponsor legislation to repeal a 2016 law criticized for weakening federal authority to curb opioid distribution. The announcement sought to put his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, on the spot for supporting the law. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - The nonpartisan political organization PolitiFact is rating as "mostly false" a television and digital attack ad launched last week by the Senate Leadership Fund against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.

The Republican super PAC, formed by allies of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, charges in its $1.2 million ad buy that the former Tennessee governor backs a "single-payer" health care system that "amounts to a government take over."

"Phil Bredesen is on record supporting single-payer health care," a female narrator says in the 30-second spot. "He even wrote a book pushing socialized medicine."

The ad shows a copy of Bredesen's 2010 book "Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System."

Bredesen, who is vying with Republican Marsha Blackburn in the Nov. 6 election to replace retiring Republican Sen.