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New CPR Ad Inadvertently Supports Democratic Health Care Reform

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

By Media Matters

Conservatives for Patients Rights has produced a new ad that encourages viewers to ask their elected officials three questions, saying a "no" response should inspire viewers to tell Congress to vote against health care reform.  However, since the answer to all three questions is "yes," CPR has inadvertently broadcast its support for Democratic health care proposals.




CPR Ad, "3 Questions":
"Before your congressmen and senators vote on overhauling health care, ask them three questions about a government-run, public option plan:

Woman 1: 'Does the plan guarantee I can keep my own doctor?'

Man: 'Does it guarantee I can keep the health insurance I have now?'

Woman 2: 'Does it guarantee that I won't face health care rationing?'

If Congress can't answer 'yes' to all three questions, tell them to vote 'no' on a public option plan.  Stop government-run health care. Now." [CPR Ad via
Politico, 11/2/09]
Answer To Question One: YES
CPR: "Does the plan guarantee I can keep my own doctor?"
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....(Remainder.)

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