Trashing health care reform

I fell off the rowing machine.

First my mouth fell open, then the rest of me.  I stared at the professional looking TV ad warning me and all my really old friends that our Medicare benefits were about to be cancelled, our health put in the care of a postal clerk, and my dog put in charge of my end of life plan.  Good thing I don’t have a dog.

Don’t pay for health care reform on the backs of our seniors, the ad warns.  Faces of the elderly and the infirm stare out from the screen reminding us of what we owe them and how ungrateful we would be if we passed a bill rewarding those who are unwilling to buying health coverage the American way, from a caring, grateful group of health insurance companies. 

Congress plans to cut $500 million from Medicare

Long waits for care

Cuts to vital tests

Seniors may lose their own doctors

Government decides if older patients are worth the cost

Congress could get better health care than the rest of us

Seniors have sacrificed enough

The one minute ad is brought to us courtesy of the 60 Plus Association.  Its national spokesman is Pat Boone.  The same Pat Boone who sang those homey country songs that epitomized the American Way.  Pat’s current bent is toward religious music and bashing Congress for the stimulus bills and taxation without representation.

60 Plus claims to be a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.  Its non-partisan status is laughable given the evidence found on the Project Vote Smart  website displaying the ratings that 60 Plus assigns to members of Congress.

60 Plus is a principal beneficiary of the pharmaceutical industry.   As reported by Source Watch

…The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach.” They list their main issues as the “death tax” (estate tax), energy, health care and Social Security.  However, a 2006 report in the AARP Bulletin called 60 Plus a front group for the pharmaceutical industry.

60 Plus supported a lawsuit by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America against the state of Maine (in a “friend of the court” brief) for daring to try to pass a law that will authentically reduce prices for Medicare drugs by allowing the state to buy in bulk directly from manufacturers. It has also joined a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission regarding campaign reform (specifically in support of soft money for issue ads).

…In the 2002 election campaigns, 60 Plus paid for issue ads on local radio and TV stations across the country saying that local Republican candidates “care for seniors” so much that they “passed a prescription drug bill” that “saved us from an inept government bureaucracy meddling with health plan benefits.”

Maybe I should get a dog.


2 Responses to “Trashing health care reform”

  1. 1 Mark August 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I got me an old dog, and she is out of the health care loop. Against her vet’s advice, her glaucoma has been successfully treated with medical marijuana. The medication the vet prescribed cost $85.00 for a 2.5 ml. bottle at the local pharmacy, and is ineffective at best. I have located a Canadian source online that can supply an Indian generic for this drug @ $75.00 for 3, 2.5 ml. bottles. Bet the “60 PLUS” folks would just love this information to be made publik.


  2. 2 Ben August 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm just conducted a study with 300 viewers of an anti health care reform ad by the 60 Plus Association. The results showed the ad had a significant impact in persuading viewers of all political parties. The study also revealed that 79% of Democrats, 99% of Republicans and 81% of Independents indicating that the ad was either extremely effective or somewhat effective. For more in-depth results, please visit


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