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Originally published Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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Chamber of Commerce ads hit Obama on health care

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will begin airing 30-second ads in about 20 states Wednesday criticizing the Democratic proposal to offer optional government health coverage.

WASHINGTON —

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will begin airing 30-second ads in about 20 states Wednesday criticizing the Democratic proposal to offer optional government health coverage.

R. Bruce Josten, who is the chamber's executive vice president, said the multimillion-dollar ad buy would be one of the largest so far critical of President Barack Obama's effort. Opponents this year have been heavily outspent by supporters of Obama's plan.

The ads show a balloon being inflated until it bursts. The ad says, "Big tax increases, huge deficits, expanded government control of health care. Call Congress."

The commercials will be broadcast in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and other states with lawmakers whose votes are still considered uncertain.

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