Criticism of the Obama administration's handling of swine flu vaccines has bled into another area of politics: the Democratic push for health care reform.
The administration has come under attack recently for reports that swine flu vaccines would be delivered to two of the most maligned classes of people in American politics--Guantanamo Bay detainees and Wall Street executives--before the rest of the country could get them.
A spokesman for the Guantanamo prison said earlier this week that vaccines should start arriving this month, and that the facility's medical staff had requested them. That statement was later contradicted by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who denied that any vaccines are on their way to Guantanamo at a his daily briefing with the White House press corps yesterday.
The Associated Press reported today that Wall Street firms Goldman Sachs and Citigroup have started receiving doses of the H1N1 vaccine.
Now, the conservative, free-market group American Future Fund will begin airing a TV ad questioning whether the government can be trusted with an expanded role in health care--as is being proposed with government-run insurance plans under consideration in the House and Senate--if it can't run a vaccine program without controversy:
The ad points to shortcomings in the government's estimates of how many vaccines would be delivered to Americans, plus the Guantanamo reports.