The television ad opens on a grim Joe Soptic, a 62-year-old former Kansas City steelworker. In 2001, he lost his job when the GST Steel plant — owned by Bain Capital and other investors — closed.
“When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my health care, and my family lost their health care,” Soptic says. “And a short time after that, my wife became ill. …” She died of cancer in 2006.
What’s implied: Romney, who led Bain in the 1990s, is partly to blame for her death.
“I don’t think Mitt Romney understands what he’s done to people’s lives by closing the plant,” Soptic says in the ad.
The ad was released Tuesday by Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama super PAC.
It didn’t take long for truth-squadding journalists to show the gross deception in this ad.
Soptic’s wife was receiving health insurance through her employer — not her husband’s — at the time Soptic lost his job at GST Steel.
She didn’t lose her coverage until 2002 or 2003, Soptic told CNN. By then, Soptic had found a job as a school custodian. He could have added her to his health insurance plan, but he declined for financial reasons. It wasn’t until 2006 that Soptic’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, five years after the plant closed.
Romney’s role in the GST plant closing? None. The plant was closed two years after Romney left Bain.