Michael Reagan’s Super-PAC Attacks Obamacare on Pennsylvania TV

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

A Republican super-PAC is attacking President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul in television ads running in Pennsylvania, where Mitt Romney and Republican allies are trying to put the Democratic-leaning state in play.

The health-care law “cuts Medicare by $716 billion” and “creates an unaccountable new board that can cut Medicare benefits with no notice,” according to the ad from Super PAC for America that began running yesterday in Harrisburg, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

The law reduces projected Medicare spending by $716 billion over a decade with reduced rates to hospitals, drug companies and insurers. It created the Independent Payment Advisory Board to help control the growth of Medicare’s costs and recommend ways to cut spending starting in 2015.

Obama, Romney and other super-PACs are making a late push on the air in Pennsylvania, where polls suggest the president has a smaller advantage than he did in 2008, when Obama won Pennsylvania by 10 percentage points. Pennsylvania has voted Democratic in the past five straight presidential elections.

Super PAC for America is led by national chairman Michael Reagan, the eldest son of Ronald Reagan, and chief strategist Dick Morris, a political analyst who formerly advised Bill Clinton, according to the PAC’s website. The super-PAC is funded by at least $500,000 from the League of American Voters, a non-profit 501c4 group that doesn’t disclose its donors.

Michael Reagan is the national chairman of the League of American Voters, according to the group’s Web site, which also includes a video of Morris attacking the health-care law as “a system of rationing that will kill Americans.”

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