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Anti-health reform group spends $1 million on ads

By Ben Pershing
As the Senate continues its debate over health-care legislation, a grass-roots conservative group is launching a $1 million ad campaign to persuade key senators to oppose the reform measure.

Keeping Small Business Healthy, a project run by the advocacy group Institute for Liberty, will begin airing ads Wednesday targeting five Senate Democrats in four relatively conservative states -- Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Byron Dorgan (N.D.). The ads mark the latest salvo in the record-breaking battle of the airwaves over health-care reform, in which groups on all sides of the debate have combined to spend more than $170 million, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group.

Each ad features small-business owners from the specified state warning of the dire consequences if Democrats' health-reform proposals become law. "Raising taxes and mandates on small business will kill Nebraska jobs," says one such person in the ad targeting Nelson. The Nebraska ad also warns that "premiums will go up" and "your family might have to buy government forced insurance."

Democrats would dispute the ad's depiction of their reform plans. A Congressional Budget Office study of the Senate bill released Monday found that insurance premiums for most Americans would either stay the same or be lower if the Senate measure becomes law.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Posted by: loispoor02 | December 2, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

The stronger they work against it, the more they convince me it is needed. After all, they are protecting the goose that lays all those golden eggs. They don't care about the 40 million + uninsured, the tens of thousands who lose jobs or health care when they get critically ill (rescissions), the high premiums for high deductibles and low caps on coverage, or the general health of the nation. All they care about is the billions these rich corporations and their bonus-rich CEO's make by leaving more and more people out of effective health insurance.

And of course, the GOP (and some Blue Dogs) are the political wing of these big corporations. They are plumping against the interests of the common people.

Senators, ignore the millions the big health insurance and health care corporations spend. Pass effective health care reform even if it means you have to use rescission.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | December 2, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Reform means to improve. If you don't believe Obamacare will improve healthcare then you can't be called anti reform. I personally consider anyone who supports big government Obamacare to be anti reform.

Posted by: RobT1 | December 2, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

The more money these groups spend trying to kill Healthcare Reform with a strong public option, the more citizens will realize that these ads are put forth by the greedy and immoral people in our country who think "I've got mine and who cares if you have yours"...We are a better country than they portray and we want those 47 million people who do not have healthcare because of loss of jobs, pre-existing conditions or abject poverty to have the opportunity to have good healthcare like the rest of us have.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | December 2, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

MSNBC would have told you exactly who is the "Institute for Liberty."

That is the only story here; corporate America's propaganda machine at work to destroy the lives of our citizens; the utter failure of capitalism; how and why America is the only developed country in the world that forces its citizens into bankruptcy should they have the misfortune to get sick.

NORMALLY I STAND UP FOR WAPO, BUT TO NOT BE MORE FORTHRIGHT IN WHO IS SPENDING THIS MONEY IS TO MISS THE ENTIRE STORY, TO BE USED BY THIS CORPORATE PROPAGANDA MACHINE TO THE DETRIMENT OF YOUR READERS.

Posted by: TheSimpleTruth | December 2, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

"Grass-roots" my left...well, you know. If anyone beleives these yahoo scared up a million bucks on their own I've got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya. Just another sad front for the greedy who make a killing off the rest of us, pun intended.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 2, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Any idiot being lead by the nose can label honest criticism as anti anything! IF THIS IS WHAT CONGRESS BELIEVES, THEY ALL SHOULD BE INSTITUTIONALIZED and new representatives elected!

Anyone with a public school education knows that is just not true (otherwise known as a lie)!! Most of the country wants reform. The country is up in arms about:
• Being lied to:
o There will be no increase in medicare costs! Only because 100’s of billions of dollars are being shoved off on the individual states; $100’s of billions are being tucked away in other bills; and $100’s of billions are being deferred as 10 years of tax dollars coupled with 6 years of expenditures still generates $100’s of billions of red ink. See the Chief Actuary of the Dept. of Health and the Congressional Budget Office comments and figures for the TRUTH!! It is really $2 trillion in added costs and $5-7 trillion in ADDITIONAL unfunded liabilities.
o There will be no reduction in services! What happened to Medicare Advantage?
o The unemployment being reported as 10.2 % when it is more than double that due to underemployment (part time jobs) and people who have given up looking!
o There will be NO federal funding of ABORTIONS. Why is it murder if a fetus is shot in the womb but not when mom opts for an abortion?
• Increasing the current MEDICARE Unfunded liabilities* from $40 trillion to nearly $50 trillion dollars or roughly $170,000 for every man, woman and child in the country and significantly more for every taxpayer.
o *Liabilities for which there are no equal offsetting assets (cash/securities)
• There is no verification mechanism for precluding illegal immigrants from accessing Medicare. Even Canada and the UK make immigrants, legal or illegal, pay for medical care!
• The $10’s of trillions in tax increases (each trillion represents $3,000 per man, woman & child in the USA) represented by this bill AND Cap & Trade (energy tax), AND the Current Stimulus Bill (which did not deliver a lid on unemployment at 8%), AND the Bailouts, AND the prospective Economic Stimulus given the Stimulus is not working, AND the current deficit spending, not to mention the deficits being run up by the states and the tax increases coming at the state and local level!

Posted by: PRRWRITER | December 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It can be no surprise to anyone that insurance companies oppose the concept of government backed health care in the US, they would have their shareholders on their backs if they didn't.

Forgive this coming from a non-American, but in the 21st Century some form of free health care is hardly debatable.

While the US may be gently approaching this topic, late in the day, you can use this to your advantage. Numerous other countries already provide this for their citizens. Look around the world and cherry pick the best features to incorporate into your own program. You can also look for the 'don't go there at any price' features - our British National Health Service is pretty good (despite what other may tell you) but it has a huge level of managment that makes it unwieldy: this is a don't go there at any price area!

Good luck to you all!

Posted by: OrdinaryBritBloke | December 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

i'm glad i'm not the only one who smelled a rat here, but you'd think the post would've smelled one too. when was the last time a true grassroots organization that you've never heard of came up with a million bucks to blow on an ad campaign? those grassroot conservatives are vocal and visible, but they're not the ones putting money into this machine. go look up the institute for liberty and then do some searches on their leadership. *then* you'll know who you're dealing with here.

Posted by: stjack | December 2, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives spend 1 million of THEIR money to defend us from the criminal Obamacare scam. Obama and his accomplices, on the other hand, are spending BILLIONS stolen from our children and grandchildren to force us to swallow the Obamacare scam.

We (and our children and grandchildren) will be forced to pay billions for bribes alone. Obama and his accomplices have BRIBED everyone who can be bribed to advance their criminal SCAM so far.

To get the House to pass the Obamacare scam, Obama and his accomplices lied, manipulated, intimidated, coerced and BRIBED (at our expense) Big Pharma, the AARP, the AMA, “Catholics” like Cao, insurance companies, etc. How much will those BRIBES cost us?!

To get the Senate to pass the scam, Obama and his accomplices have perfected the lies, the manipulation, and the intimidation. And they BRIBED(at our expense) additional organizations and people like Mary Landrieu (we'll pay $300 million for her "yes" vote).

It’s obvious that the intent of the bill is NOT to improve anything. It's just to impose socialism/Marxism on us.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | December 3, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

You are right, PRRWRITER. The Obamacare scam is based on LIES, manipulation, intimidation, coercion and bribery.

The scam should have been scrapped. Why are they discussing the scam? Are they trying to find more and better ways to lie, manipulate, intimidate, coerce and bribe people at our expense?

From what we know so far, Obamacare will:
*Raise federal taxes
*Raise state taxes because of unfunded mandates to Medicaid increasing coverage to 15 million
*Raise the cost of existing premiums
*Cut Medicare
*Increase insurance costs
*Not include any reform to reduce costs or improve anything (NO tort reform)
*Force everyone to purchase insurance under threat of heavy fines and JAIL!
* Use gimmicks, creative accounting, smoke and mirrors to hide the trillions of dollars this scam will cost us
* Destroy our freedoms, our economy, our future and our country.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | December 3, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Why are those of us who don't agree with policies or different bills, we are labeled "anti..."! I don't agree with the health care reform for a myriad of reasons especially as a health care professional...I resent being labeled, "anti" health care reformer...Why don't you give the legislator's a special name who are trying to thrust this Health care reform through and are refusing to listen the majority of Americans who oppose it?

Posted by: Rhonda5 | December 3, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I am betting this ad was created by "The Onion". It is a joke folks, don't believe it. The Institute for Liberty is an oxymoron.

Posted by: akyngcls | December 3, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Since Bush took good care if the insurance companies and gave them billions of dollars of our tax money they don't want to lose the golden egg. Sure they will spend billions and the repubs want to keep their kickback money coming in. The only loser will be the American people as the ins. co's will continue to rape us.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | December 3, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I would like to just make a few points. The first being, that this is America, a country that allows you to work hard and make a lot of money. If you want to bust your butt and go to college and then get your masters in order to someday run a company then you have that opportunity. I am sick of hearing people complain about other people making millions of dollars. If you want to make that much money then go back to college get your masters and then work hard.
Second I want to comment on the first post on here. I did a little research on the census for uninsured people in the United States and found some interesting facts.

The percentage of people without
health insurance in 2008 was not
statistically diff erent from 2007 at
15.4 percent. The number of uninsured
increased to 46.3 million in
2008, from 45.7 million in 2007
(Table 7 and Figure 6).37
• The number of people with health
insurance increased to 255.1 million
in 2008—up from 253.4 million
in 2007. The number of people
covered by private health insurance
decreased to 201.0 million in
2008—down from 202.0 million in
2007. The number of people covered
by government health insurance
increased to 87.4 million—up
from 83.0 million in 2007.

So yes the rate of uninsured people have increased but the rates of people insured has also increased...so maybe we should start looking at the illegal aliens that poor into this country and are able to receive basically all the benefits as a citizen does.
Case in point, stop whining about what others have and start appreciating what you have been given in your life. you can only be as happy as you allow yourself to be and if you focus on what others have that you don't then you will never be happy.

Posted by: Reed1119 | December 4, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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