Political Correction

CPR's "Surf's Up" Ad Has Pretty Pictures, But Not Much Else

August 21, 2009 1:47 pm ET

On August 21, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released a new ad targeting President Obama while he is on vacation.  Keeping with their tradition of creating ads that are factually inaccurate, CPR presents misleading and incorrect information in this new ad.

CPR Ad Is Full Of Misinformation

CPR "Surf's Up":

"The beach is nice this time of year, but while President Obama vacations, concerns mount about his health care plan.  Why?  Because his public option health plan could lead to government-run health care, higher taxes on everything from paychecks to soda, and add a trillion to the deficit.  Mr. President, when you go back to DC, drop your government-run public option plan.  Let's get on with real reform to lower cost and protect patients' rights." [CPR ad via YouTube, accessed 8/21/09]

CPR Ad Is Wrong On "Concerns" Over Public Option

More Than 75% Of Americans Support The Public Option.  Huffington Post reported: "More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a 'choice' between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday. A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June." [Huffington Post, 8/20/09; SurveyUSA.com, accessed 8/21/09]

Nearly 3/4 Of Americans Think Reform Will Help Families.  A CNN poll conducted from July 31-August 3, 2009 found that 74% of respondents answered that current health care reform proposals would either help their own or other families while only 20% answered that reform wouldn't help anyone. [CNN.com, 8/5/09]

The Vast Majority Of Americans Think Drastic Changes Need To Be Made To The U.S. Health Care Delivery System.  During a CNN poll conducted from July 31-August 3, 2009, 77% of Americans responded that "it is necessary to make major structural changes in the nation's health care system in order to make sure that all Americans have health insurance," and 74% of Americans answered that "it is necessary to make major structural changes in the nation's health care system in order to reduce health care costs." [CNN.com, 8/5/09]

CPR Ad Is Wrong On Cost Estimates

CBO Director: Long Term Projections Difficult To Predict Accurately.  During a question and answer period following his testimony in front of the Senate Budget Committee, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said: "But it is very hard to look out over a very long term and say very accurate things about growth rates.  So most health experts that we talk with focus particularly on what is happening over the next 10 or 20 years, still a pretty long time period for projections..." [Hearing on CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook, 7/16/09]

CBO: House Bill Would Increase Revenue By $83 Billion And Result In A $65 Billion Net Increase In The Federal Deficit Over Ten Years.  In its letter to Chairman Rangel, the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "According to CBO's and JCT's assessment, enacting H.R. 3200 would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period.  That estimate reflects a projected 10-year cost of the bill's insurance coverage provisions of $1,042 billion, partly offset by net spending changes that CBO estimates would save $219 billion over the same period, and by revenue provisions that JCT estimates would increase federal revenues by about $583 billion over those 10 years.  By the end of the 10-year period, in 2019, the coverage provisions would add $202 billion to the federal deficit, CBO and JCT estimate.  That increase would be partially offset by net cost savings of $50 billion and additional revenues of $86 billion, resulting in a net increase in the deficit of an estimated $65 billion. It is important to note that the figures presented here do not represent a complete cost estimate for the coverage provisions of the legislation." [CBO.gov, 7/17/09; emphasis added]

Not All Millionaires Are As Anti-Reform As CPR's Rick Scott

Millionaire Wants Tax Increase And Encourages "Other Wealthy Americans To Sign A Tax-Me Petition."  According to the Christian Science Monitor: "Raise my taxes, says millionaire Chuck Collins. The scion of the Oscar Mayer family supports a House panel's healthcare plan that would boost taxes for families earning more than $350,000 a year. He also advocates ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich right away, rather than when they expire at the start of 2011, and closing foreign tax havens to Americans. Although the financial burden would be sizable, Mr. Collins is busy urging other wealthy Americans to sign a tax-me petition." [Christian Science Monitor, 8/11/09]

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