One of the 20 finalists in health care video contest run by Barack
Obama's campaign arm features a mural of an America flag splattered
with health care graffiti until it's covered completely by black paint.
In the video
- which is accompanied by the sound of a heart monitor pumping and then
flat-lining - words such as "pre-existing conditions," "homeless" and
"death panel" ultimately obliterate the flag, which reappears on screen
seconds later with the words "Health Will Bring Our Country Back to
Life" on the blue field where the 50 stars usually are.
According to the Organizing for American Web site, the 20 finalists
in the "Health Reform Video Challenge" were chosen by a panel of
"qualified" Democratic National Committee "employee judges."
A contestant whose video didn't make the final-20 cut complains that a
video "defacing the flag" won't do much to help President Barack Obama
or the Democrats sell health care reform.
"They should never pick that," said the contestant, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity. "It makes the Democrats look really, really
A spokesman for Organizing for America said the group was not prepared
to provide immediate comment on the video, which, according to the OFA
Web site, was produced by Daniel Lahoda and Saber.
According to the OFA Web site, the 20 finalists will be judged by
the public and a panel of experts that includes DNC Chairman Tim Kaine,
Obama campaign chief David Plouffe, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), singer
will.i.am and Hollywood stars Rosario Dawson and Dule Hill.
Daniel Libit contributed to this story.