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New Ad Claims: No Health Insurance, You’ll Get Jail Time

New Ad Claims: No Health Insurance, You’ll Get Jail Time

The fear-mongering around health insurance reform has reached a fever pitch as we head into the last days before the 2010 election.  Now yet another Republican PAC has come out with an attack ad using falsehoods about healthcare reform to scare voters away from a Democratic candidate, in this case claiming that if you don’t get health insurance, the Democrats will put you in jail.

Via the Plum Line:

Check out this spot slamming Dem Rep Chris Murphy of Connecticut — who’s being challenged in a tough district by Republican Sam Caligiuri — with the claim that health reform means “jail time for anyone without coverage.”

The spot, which was sent in by an operative involved in the race, is the handiwork of American Action Network, another shadowy conservative group that has already spent $5 million this cycle.

The ad claims health reform means “$500 billion in Medicare cuts.” But Politifact found that “the law does not take $500 billion out of the current Medicare budget.”

The ad claims health reform means “thousands of new IRS agents.” But Factcheck.org pronounced that assertion “wildly misleading.”

As for the claim of “jail time for anyone without coverage,” the original bill passed by the House did provide for possible criminal prosecution of those who evade the tax imposed on those who don’t get mandated coverage. But FactCheck.org says the Senate nixed that provision, and the final bill Obama signed said folks will not be subject to criminal prosecution.

All of which is to say — again — that the untold side of this story is that all this cash is funding a massive national campaign riddled with falsehoods and distortions.

American Action Network has a host of high profile backers, most notably former Senator Norm Coleman, who lost his Minnesota senate seat to Al Franken in the 2008 election after a tight race and recount.

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8:33PM PST on Dec 17, 2010

well i heard something about "everyone HAS to have healthcare" so i found one on tv, it mentioned the ad with obama telling everyone that they need healthcare, blah blah blah-- i got it-- and got SCAMMED-- sounded good, sounded legit, was not! im still trying to get my money back along with all the others...btw, its healthcareone and they have a few others affiliated with them too so if you do decide to get some be careful! and if they decide that you go to jail if you dont have it, well save me a cell bc i have no money to get any and i dont qualify for anything else so at least ill get a roof over my head and three square meals a day and im sure if i get sick they have a doctor on call there so im set!

12:57AM PDT on Nov 2, 2010

It sounds as if the republicans are up to scare tactics. I'll have to look into it myself to get the truth.

1:53PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

What! come on now. Thanx for post

7:26AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

Well, these politicians would have no worries about any such law, as with this hypothetical example, as they are extremely well protected, insurance-wise and finance-wise.

3:20PM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Great post, Bill C. Sounds about right...

11:46AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

hey anne, how about a health-care policy that's reasonable and affordable with assurances that if you need something more that you'll be able to get it when you need it??

11:27AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

It's amazing what people can do. Unfortunately it's easier to get people scared than to convince them of something good. But how can people be driven to get a health care policy if they're not going to be prosecuted?

Anne C
NY Health Insurer

10:32AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Very weird situation you're having.

9:46AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Thanks Bill for that list of trustworthy politicians.

9:45AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

While in jail do you get to see a doctor on the state's tab?

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