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Briana Bilbray Ad About Cancer Research Raises Contradictions

Briana Bilbray Ad

An ad featuring Congressman Brian Bilbray’s daughter has introduced a very personal note to the tight race between Bilbray and Scott Peters for the 52nd congressional seat. But the ad reveals contradictions in Bilbray’s position on health care.

In the ad, Bilbray’s 25-year-old daughter reveals a deeply personal tragedy that the congressman has openly acknowledged is changing his life.

"I’m Briana Bilbray and I have terminal cancer," Brianna says in the ad. "My dad’s work may not save my life but it could save thousands of others."

Earlier this year, Bilbray set up a skin cancer research fund. However, the money for that fund would come from a 10 percent tax on tanning salons.

That tanning salon tax is an element of the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, which Bilbray has pledged - along with his party - to repeal.

Carl Luna, a political science professor at Mesa College, said the inconsistencies in Bilbray’s political position get lost in the drama of the ad.

"What you’re seeing more is the rise of political campaigning as a docudrama," Luna said. "You don’t want the facts to get in the way of a convincing ad narrative."

Bilbray’s campaign said Bilbray has not identified any alternative money for the cancer research fund if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Since the story was written, Bilbray's office said that his legislation creating the cancer research fund seeks to separate the tanning salon tax from the Affordable Health Care Act.

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genek1953 | November 1, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

If the GOP manages to repeal Obamacare, by the time it's gone Brianna Bilbray will probably have passed on and then Mr. Bilbray can go back to not caring and let the fund run dry.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 1, 2012 at 8:38 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Bilbray did nothing to support proposition 29 which would have taxed cigarettes more and used the money for cancer research, yet he is pushing this.

I guess it's because his daughter has skin cancer and not lung cancer.

My heart aches for this young lady's pain, but I am thoroughly disgusted by Bilbray for cherry picking issues that are personally relevant to his family and ignoring everyone else.

Just like the Romneys with their health issues (Ms. Romney), the Bilbray's are wealthy and can afford the best treatment available.

Wht about people who are sick with these diseases AND POOR!?

These self-serving plutocrats don't give a rat's hiney about THAT, otherwise they would not want to repeal the President's health reform.

Maybe the Bilbrays and the Romneys should sit down and take a good hard look at how the illnesses tht struck their families would have been even harder to deal with if on top of everything else they had to worry about GOING BANKRUPT from trying to pay their medical costs and then re-think their positions on repealing healthcare reform!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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designfreak | November 2, 2012 at 9:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

As a person undergoing cancer treatment, I find this the worst kind of exploitation. He's working us for the pity vote and it really makes me angry. Not only did he vow to repeal Obamacare, but Briana talks as if her dad is actually going to make some kind of major contribution in finding a cure. He's disgusting. I hope others are not fooled by him. Please vote for Scott Peters.

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