American Future Fund's "Lipstick" Is Smudged

February 24, 2010 10:01 am ET

The American Future Fund has released a new ad titled "Lipstick" that reverts to the tired, overused Republican rhetoric of the last year.  While the ad attempts to assure readers of the many bad aspects in Democratic health care reform - reality proves otherwise.

AFF's "Lipstick" Ad Needs Retouching

Narrator: "A health care summit, but the president and liberals refuse to start over on health care.  They want to build on what they already have.  What they have?  Massive spending, backroom deals, Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase, $500 billion in Medicare cuts, crushing burdens on small businesses. They can dress up this bad bill, but we all know..."

President Obama: "You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig."

Narrator: "Tell Congress: start over and get health care right." [AFF "Lipstick" via Politico, 2/23/10]

No Backroom Deals

The Televised Health Care Summit Will Include Democrats And Republicans.  The New York Times reported: "President Obama said Sunday that he would convene a half-day bipartisan health care session at the White House to be televised live this month, a high-profile gambit that will allow Americans to watch as Democrats and Republicans try to break their political impasse...'I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,' Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library." [New York Times, 2/7/10]

No Cornhusker Kickback

The President's Health Care Plan Eliminates The "Cornhusker Kickback."  According to the White House, "The President's Proposal builds off of the legislation that passed the Senate and improves on it by bridging key differences between the House and the Senate as well as by incorporating Republican provisions that strengthen the proposal. One key improvement, for example, is eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid." [, accessed 2/23/10]

No Medicare Cuts "None Of The 'Savings' Or 'Cuts' (Whichever You Prefer) Come From Reducing Current Or Future Benefit Levels For Seniors." According to, "The House bill would trim projected increases in payments for hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and others, including home health care providers and suppliers of motor-driven wheelchairs. But it also proposes what CBO estimates is a $245 billion increase in spending for doctors, by canceling a scheduled 21 percent cut in physician payments. None of the 'savings' or 'cuts' (whichever you prefer) come from reducing current or future benefit levels for seniors." [, accessed 9/9/09]

CBO: Cost Changes To Medicare Made From Savings. According to the CBO letter to Senator Max Baucus: "Changes to the Medicare program and changes to Medicaid and CHIP other than those associated directly with expanded insurance coverage:  Savings from those provisions are estimated to total $93 billion in 2019, and CBO projects that, in combination, they will increase by 10 percent to 15 percent per year in the next decade." [, 10/7/09] Changes To Medicare Advantage Come With Extra Benefits For All Medicare Enrollees. reported: "The CBO has estimated that the move would change the value of the extra benefits Medicare Advantage participants get, but they would not receive fewer benefits than the rest of seniors who aren't on the Advantage plans. The bill does add some extras for Medicare beneficiaries, eliminating copays and deductibles for preventive services, for example." [, 12/2/09, emphasis added]

Small Businesses Are Supported

Small Businesses Will Receive Tax Credits.  According to the White House, "Under the President's Proposal, small businesses will receive $40 billion in tax credits to support coverage for their workers beginning this year.  Consistent with the Senate bill, small businesses with fewer than 50 workers would be exempt from any employer responsibility policies." [, accessed 2/24/10]