According to the WSJ, millions are being budgeted by business to derail the agenda Obama outlined in his speech to congress.
Health reform is definitely going to be a war. We'll be hearing lots of socialism, government intervention, rationing, etc. etc.
Check the name of the new group they created - Conservatives for Patients Rights. It's another one of names Republicans like to use that means the opposite of what it actually is. Doublespeak.
The day after Mr. Obama formally laid out his policy goals in his first address to Congress, the former chief executive of HCA Inc. unveiled a $20 million campaign to pressure Democrats to enact health-care legislation based on free-market principles.
"What you see is when the government gets involved, you run out of money and health care gets rationed," former CEO Richard Scott said Wednesday, after announcing the creation of Conservatives for Patients Rights.
The Republicans will have a lot of friends to help them wage the battle. Our work is cut out for us.
This post was modified from its original form on 26 Feb, 20:59
By Elana Schor - March 3, 2009, 5:55PM
CPR is running TV, radio, and web ads that attempt to stoke irrational fears of "a central national board" in charge of medical decision-making, asking Americans to envision a world where "bureaucrats decide the treatments you receive, the drugs you take, even the doctors you see." Of course, that vision has nothing to do with the president's health care plan, but the truth shouldn't be an impediment to CPR's dream of killing health care reform.
After all, the group has hired Creative Response Concepts, the same PR firm that represented the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. The "media relations" contact number listed on CPR's website, (703) 683-5004, is the same phone number as Creative Response Concepts, as one liberal organization discovered when researching the new health care group.
Creative Response's past clients also include the Christian Coalition, the right-leaning National Taxpayers Union, and USANext, the front group that led George W. Bush's failed push to privatize Social Security. Hilariously, Politico could only bring itself to observe that CPR has hired "veteran Republican consultants" for its new anti-Obama effort.
"Conservatives For Stealing Your Money"...Um, "for Patient Rights"
Richard L. Scott is one of the all-time villains of American health care - helped bilk the federal government of hundreds of millions of dollar s. Now he has started a nonprofit group called Conservatives for Patients' Rights.
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The Public Plan Compromise That Isn't voices.washingtonpost.com - he fight over a public insurance option is just that: A fight over a public insurance option. The idea's advocates aren't going to find co-ops an acceptable compromise, because, quite frankly, co-ops don't represent what they're looking for: A chance to test the thesis that government is a superior provider of medical coverage.
The AMA is already on record as opposing your plan for government-sponsored health insurance for the tens of millions without health insurance.