Political Correction

Rick Scott Is Back, So Are His Moldy Talking Points

November 30, 2009 3:13 pm ET

Conservatives for Patients Rights is back with a new anti-health care reform commercial.  While the group has been keeping a fairly low profile of late, this new ad - and accompanying blog post - proves that CPR didn't spend its down time formulating new talking points.

Scott's New Ad & Blog Post Once Again Try Tying Health Care Reform To Great Britain

Rick Scott and Conservatives for Patients Rights have targeted 14 Senators in a new ad campaign: Lincoln & Pryor (AR), Lieberman (CT), Carper (DE), Bayh (IN), Landrieu (LA), Snowe (ME), Tester & Baucus (MT), Nelson (NE), Conrad & Dorgan (ND), and Webb & Warner (VA). 

"These individual senators hold the key to the fate of the public option," said Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights. "They will decide whether America follows in the footsteps of Britain and Canada with government-run health care, or whether we reject those failed systems and focus on what Americans really want - lower health care costs. Given the news out of Britain, it's clear that government-run health care is doomed to fail...
"The public option plan is a step toward the British government-run health care system, and it's a complete disaster, no matter how much money is thrown at the problem.  These senators need to know that Americans don't want to spend $1.5 trillion (that we don't have) to create a health care system run by government bureaucrats," Scott said. [CPRights.org, 11/30/09; emphasis original]

The public option that has been scaring Rick Scott for months has been analyzed - by people much more qualified to do so than a fraudster like Scott - and has been found to do great things for Americans.

Gruber: Senate Bill Lowers Premiums And Improves Coverage.  In his analysis of the Senate health care bill, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber wrote: "It is worth noting that these savings are all in addition to the more generous benefits that these groups will receive through the exchange compared to the non-group market...So not only does the Senate proposal lower premiums, it does so while also improving coverage."  [Gruber, "The Senate Bill Lowers Non-Group Premiums: Updated for New CBO Estimates," 11/27/09, via Politico; emphasis added]

Gruber: Senate Bill Will Cause Premiums For Low Income Americans To Drop Thousands Of Dollars.  Politico reported that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber found "that people purchasing individual insurance would save an annual $200 (singles) to $500 (families) in 2009 dollars. And people with low incomes would receive premium tax credits that would reduce the price that they pay for health insurance by as much as $2,500 to $7,500." [Politico, 11/28/09]

Gruber: "Reform Will Significantly Reduce, Not Increase, Non-Group Premiums."  In his analysis of the Senate health care bill, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber wrote: "the key point is that, as of now, the most authoritative objective voice in this debate suggests that reform will significantly reduce, not increase, non-group premiums."  [Gruber, "The Senate Bill Lowers Non-Group Premiums: Updated for New CBO Estimates," 11/27/09, via Politico]

"New" CPR Ad, "Our Future," Is Unsurprisingly Weak On Facts

"Our Future": The future of every American's medical care rests with these 14 senators.  Their votes on the government-run public option plan could decide whether you keep your own doctor..." [CPRights.org, 11/30/09]

PolitiFact.com - True Statement: "Nothing In This Plan Will Require You" To Change Doctors.  According to PolitiFact.com, President Obama "said that if you are [sic] 'already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.' That is true, there is nothing in the plan that proactively forces these kinds of changes, and the bills clearly intend to leave much of the current health care system in place. We rate Obama's statement True." [PolitiFact.com, 9/9/09, emphasis added]

Additionally, the legislation increases payments to Medicare doctors to ensure physicians are able to continue their care of patients.

Both House And Senate Bills Include Measures To Support Doctors.  According to a study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund: "The House and Senate bills include a number of provisions to increase primary care payment rates under Medicare and Medicaid, cover effective preventive services without patient cost-sharing, and support community and employer prevention and wellness programs.  These provisions could begin to change the orientation of our health system toward primary care and away from specialty care, counter the impending shortage of primary care providers, and lay the groundwork for more fundamental payment reforms." [Commonwealth Fund, November 2009]

FactCheck.org: Current Legislation Increases Payments To Doctors To Keep Them In Practice.  FactCheck.org reported: "Lose your own doctor? Many people experience that today, if their employer changes insurance plans, if they change jobs, or if they become uninsured for any reason. Wait longer for care? Given the shortage of family doctors, which is only expected to worsen, we can expect wait times to increase even if the system remains untouched. Pending overhaul legislation aims to ease that, in fact, by increasing certain payments to physicians and making other adjustments to encourage training of primary care physicians." [FactCheck.org, 9/9/09, emphasis added]

"Our Future": "...whether you can keep your current health insurance..." [CPRights.org, 11/30/09]

"Most People Covered By Big Employers Would Gain More Protections Without Major Changes."  The Associated Press reported: "Most people covered by big employers would gain more protections without major changes. One exception would be those with high-cost insurance plans, whose premiums could rise as a result of a tax on insurers issue the coverage."  [Associated Press via Canon City Daily Record, 11/30/09]

PolitiFact.com: "Health Care Reform Will Not Force People Into A Government-Run Plan."  The independent and nonpartisan PolitiFact.com wrote, "we've also found nothing in the proposals so far that would force people off their current coverage into a government-run plan, if they prefer and can pay for private coverage." [PolitiFact.com, 10/28/09]

"Our Future": "...whether you'll be denied life saving drugs or medical treatment.  All Americans need them to stand up for patients' rights and say no to government-run health care.  Tell these senators to vote "no" on the public option insurance plan. [CPRights.org, 11/30/09]

Democratic proposals for health care reform do not seek to deny Americans "life saving drugs or medical treatment."

FactCheck.org: Current Legislation Will Prevent Insurance Companies From Rationing Care To Customers.  According to FactCheck.org: "Rationing? That occurs on a regular basis today, whenever insurance companies or government programs like Medicare reject claims, or when the companies drop people who have become ill for not disclosing often minor and unrelated preexisting conditions. Under pending legislation, insurance companies would be unable to deny coverage to individuals because of preexisting conditions." [FactCheck.org, 9/9/09, emphasis added]

The rationing of health care services is practiced every day by traditional, private health insurance corporations. 

Without Reform, Premiums Will Continue To Be Unaffordable For Many Americans.  According to a recent study released by Families USA: "In 2008, the uninsured paid an average of 37 percent of the cost of care that they received out of their own pockets.  However, they cannot usually afford to pay the whole bill on their own, and a portion goes unpaid (this is called 'uncompensated care').  To cover the cost of this uncompensated care, health care providers charge higher rates when insured people receive care, and these increases are passed on to those who have insurance in the form of higher premiums, known as a 'hidden health tax.'  In 2008, for example, this 'hidden health tax; increased premiums for family health coverage by an average of $1,017, and, for single individuals, by $368." [Families USA, Coverage for America: We All Stand to Gain, accessed 7/22/09, parentheses original]

Some Insurance Companies Treat Caesarean Sections As A Pre-Existing Condition.  According to the New York Times:  "Insurers' rules on prior Caesareans vary by company and also by state, since the states regulate insurers, said Susan Pisano of America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. Some companies ignore the surgery, she said, but others treat it like a pre-existing condition. 'Sometimes the coverage will come with a rider saying that coverage for a Caesarean delivery is excluded for a period of time,' Ms. Pisano said. Sometimes, she said, applicants with prior Caesareans are charged higher premiums or deductibles." [New York Times, 6/1/08]

Insurance Applicants Rejected Based On Height And Weight.  TheWashington Post reported: "Insurers can decline to offer you a policy, exclude coverage for certain conditions or charge you high premiums. Those with serious conditions such as HIV, cancer or diabetes, as well as those with common conditions such as obesity, can feel the snub. 'In the past four or five years, I've had people turned down just because of height and weight,' says Jerry Patt, an independent agent in Gaithersburg who has been in the business for more than 35 years. 'They could be having no medical problems whatsoever, but their build was not acceptable.'" [Washington Post, 6/22/08, emphasis added]


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