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New SD ad compares healthcare to communism

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A new ad is comparing President Obama's new healthcare law to Russian communism and it's creating a lot of buzz in South Dakota

People who have already seen it say the ad is a little much, in terms of sarcasm over the new law. The man behind the ad, with the South Dakota Tea Party, says it's painting the picture for a concerning direction of healthcare in this country.

It shows a newscaster speaking with a Russian accent who says he is a "spokesman for Obamacare." Over his right shoulder is a photo of President Barack Obama. Over his left is a photo of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

"Greetings, comrades," he begins. "I have special message for those of you who are paying for your own medical care, just as you are paying for your own food, housing, your own clothing and automobile, entertainment and so on. This is no longer acceptable. You must become part of collective."

"If you have to use sarcasm to illustrate what's happening... I've been to Russia, in Russian hospitals. I've seen what central planning does to healthcare. It doesn't improve health care. It's a disaster," Dr. Allen Unruh said.

Dr. Unruh says it defines what is happening today with healthcare.

"We've been discussing, what can we do to get the word and message out, and sometimes we use a little humor and sarcasm. but the bottom line is, it illustrates, nothing inaccurate," Dr. Unruh said.

KSFY political analyst Vernon Brown also weighs in.

"Yeah it's entertaining but if the intent is to market South Dakotans, there aren't a lot of South Dakotans who are probably a fan of Obamacare anyway. I'm not sure if the purpose was for South Dakota or true entertainment value if it airs on comedy shows. I'm not sure what the intent was but it sure is garnering attention. Maybe that was the ultimate goal," Vernon Brown said.

While Brown says it's a little over the top, it's clever, but he questions its purpose.

"Some people will be confused by it. I don't know if everyone can make the connection to Russia and how this works. Many might scratch their heads and say 'what is this? what are they trying to do here?'," Brown said.

Dr. Unruh wants it to capture attention and hopefully make a change.

"I hope it motivates people to be involved, to contact their congressman, their representative, and say we don't want this and we need to start over," Dr. Unruh said.

You can view the ad online.

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