Republican congressional candidates in Oklahoma spar over campaign ad about health care

Oklahoma Rep. George Faught's latest ad in his campaign for a congressional seat shows opponent Markwayne Mullin endorsing a single-payer system and likens him to President Barack Obama. But Mullin says video clip was taken out of context.
by Chris Casteel Published: July 4, 2012
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The health care law does not establish a single-payer system in which the government administers the programs and issues payments to doctors and hospitals. Obama and the Democratic lawmakers who crafted the law ultimately rejected an approach that would have established a Medicare-type system for all Americans.

Instead, people who can afford it will be required to purchase private health insurance through state-based marketplaces.

Faught was among the conservatives who pushed Gov. Mary Fallin last year to reject a $54 million federal grant to establish the exchanges.

Mullin accused Faught's campaign staff of following him around and taping everything he says — “obviously planning to take my words out of context like they just did.”

Elisha Krauss, Faught's campaign manager, said the video clip of Mullin was taken from a Republican candidate forum held last August in McIntosh County and that the full video shows Mullin was responding to a question about health care.

Krauss said the Faught campaign did not follow Mullin around; rather, she said, campaign staff members recorded events that Faught attended such as the McIntosh County forum.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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