New American Future Fund Anti-Reform Ad Chock Full Of Misleading Information

November 05, 2009 3:06 pm ET

The American Future Fund has released a new anti-health care reform ad that likens the distribution problems of the H1N1 vaccine to the imminent failure of additional government involvement in health care.  Evidently, the production staff at AFF needs an introduction to "Google" since simple searches produce factual contradictions to the ad's script.

AFF Ad Needs A Healthy Injection Of The Truth

AFF "Vaccine" Ad:

"In July, the government said we'd have 120 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine by October, but only 27 million doses were available.  The government's estimates were off by 77%.  93 million doses short.  Children, pregnant women, seniors line up for nothing.  Ironically, the government planned to give flu shots to detainees at Guantanamo.  If the government can't run a flu program, can we trust it to run our entire health care system?" [American Future Fund ad via YouTube, accessed 11/5/09]

U.S. Vaccine Supply Provided By Private Manufacturing Companies

US Ordered Vaccine From Private Manufacturers.  According to the Wall Street Journal, "[t]he U.S. government has ordered [H1N1] vaccine from five manufacturers, including 75.3 million doses from Sanofi-Aventis SA," and 40 million doses from AstraZeneca.  [Wall Street Journal, 10/19/09]

Vaccine "Manufacturers Have Overpromised And Under-Delivered."  According to CBS News, "Sebelius told '60 Minutes' she learned there was trouble three weeks ago when the new virus wasn't growing inside the eggs as fast as seasonal flu virus does. Some companies were getting half their usual yield. 'It seems the manufacturers have overpromised and under-delivered,' [Scott] Pelley remarked. 'Well there's no question that the numbers that they gave us which we relied on, early on, are off,' Sebelius said. 'It left you in a jam didn't it?' Pelley asked. 'Your agency and the CDC have been telling everyone nationwide, get vaccinated, get vaccinated and what you discovered was there wasn't going to be enough vaccine.'" [CBSNews.com, 10/29/09, emphasis added]

Guantanamo Detainees Are Not Scheduled To Receive H1N1 Vaccine

Gibbs: "There Is No Vaccine In Guantanamo."  Reuters reported: "'There is no vaccine in Guantanamo and there's no vaccine on the way to Guantanamo,' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said at his daily briefing." [Reuters, 11/3/09]

Pentagon Follows Strict Protocol For Vaccinating Residents Of Overseas Military Bases.  CNN reported: "'I can't speak to the protocols that will take place, stateside, in terms of how the general population is being handled, here. All I can tell you is that we have this very clear hierarchy of priorities for all of our bases across the world,' Morrell said. 'We've got a five-category prioritization list. At the top of that hierarchy are U.S. forces. Number two on that list are deployed health care workers, both civilian and contractors. Number three are civilians,' he said. The Pentagon has said detainees at Guantanamo would be offered the vaccine after all U.S. active military and civilians at the Guantanamo base have been vaccinated." [CNN, 11/4/09]

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