No disrespect, but the Obama team tends to send an excessive amount of emails. That said, yesterday’s was the most interesting one in recent memory, as it introduced the finalists in something called the “Health Reform Video Challenge,” a contest sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

Entrants in the contest were asked to make a 30-second ad about why the current health care system has got to go, or explain how the Obama plan will ensure Americans get secure, quality care without breaking the budget.  The winning ad will be aired on national television.  Seems like a win-win: a free ad for the White House and great publicity for aspiring filmmakers.

Now that the finalists have been selected, you can watch them all and pick your favorite!  Don’t forget to rank each video on Message, Creativity and Impact.  I’ve posted my personal favorite below, but don’t listen to me— go to the site and decide for yourself.

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But wait, there’s more!  The email also noted:

The top 20 ads will also be voted on by our panel of experts and artists, including Black Eyed Peas frontman, animator and director Seth MacFarlane, actress Kate Walsh, Obama for America campaign manager David Plouffe, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.

I can only hope my vote counts as much as Dr. Montgomery, err rather, Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy star, Kate Walsh.  I wonder if she is considered an expert or an artist.

About gpalmer

Gianna Palmer is a senior English and Sociology major from Eugene, Oregon. At Wesleyan, Gianna has written for the Argus and Wesleying, and tutored through the Writing Workshop. Outside of Wesleyan, Gianna has interned/written for Preservation Magazine in Washington, D.C. and the New York Daily News. Besides heading up the Blargus, Gianna is keeping busy her senior year by doling out funds as a member of the Student Budget Committee, dancing in student-choreographed pieces and scoping out the class of 2014 as a senior interviewer in the Admissions Office.
  • nah

    Obama’s plan won’t fix the system or effectively confront the socially inefficient and inhumane practices of private insurance companies. Millions will remain uninsured, and the huge premiums we pay for insurance will continue to be sucked away for company advertising, paperwork, private profit, etc.

    This issue affects us as college students immensely. When we are no longer covered by our parents’ or school plans, struggling to find employment (especially that includes insurance plans), and/or being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, government-funded healthcare could be the difference between good health and sickness, life and death.

    We need single-payer healthcare/Medicare-for-all now!