April 27th, 2009
11:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Group launches $1M ad buy against Obama health plan

A new ad tells Americans the British and Canadian health systems are fatally flawed.
A new ad tells Americans the British and Canadian health systems are fatally flawed.

(CNN) - A conservative group is out with a million-dollar ad buy attacking President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.

The Conservative Patients' Rights Action Fund, one of the earliest opponents of the president's plan, will begin airing the first of the new 60-second spots Tuesday on national cable. The ad features British and Canadian doctors relating horror stories of government-run health care wait lists and restrictions, and accuses Congress of adopting elements of those systems.

“Patients are languishing and suffering on wait lists, our own Supreme Court of Canada has stated that patients are actually dying as they wait for care in Canada,” Canadian privatization proponent Dr. Brian Day says in the spot.

"Tell Congress you won't trade your doctor for a national board of bureaucrats," says the narrator. "Let's put patients first."

The group - one of the earliest opponents to organize against Obama's health care plans - has launched several ads this year attacking the proposal. Last month, they released an spot that linked the administration's request for a set-aside in the federal budget to help fund health care reform with the controversial loophole that allowed executives of bailed-out companies to keep their bonuses.


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soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Frank, Las Vegas

    Standard conservative ad spot, tell lies about what the plan is and just say No. Typical scare tactics founded on lies. Hopefully the American people can still see through the GOP lie machine.

    April 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Dee from Windsor, Canada

    This ad is NOT true, do NOT believe it. I wonder how much they got paid to say all those lies. You are NOT forced to use the Canadian Health System for free, you can always opt out and pay your own, or have your doctor through a private insurance company EXACTLY like you have in America already. The only difference is that if you don't have insurance or can't afford it, no big deal the government can pay. Our government gives us choice in Canada. See why Capitalism doesn't work? Because it's all about how much you got, over who you are.

    April 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Al

    When you hear this ad, you will be hearing lies. I have experienced healthcare, and emergency care as well, in both the United States and Canada. I have been treated at one of the top hospitals in the United States. I would rate the care, treatment, and expertise about the same between these two countries. Just as there are some hospitals and doctors who are better than others in the U.S., so it is in Canada as well. I would rate the wait time, and emergency care in Canada better than the United States. This ad will be propaganda by people who only have a financial interest. Let's hear the truth from others who have used the health care system in both countries. What's the real difference in the care between the two countries? First, not everyone can get care in the U.S., while everyone in Canada can get the care they need. Next, when you complete a 3 or 4 day stay in a U.S. hospital, you might see a bill for $25,000. In Canada, they wish you a pleasant day (and they actually mean it!), and you don't have a bill. Since the U.S. government is already taxing us to death, shouldn't we get something for it? How about what every Canadian already enjoys, healthcare that's every bit as good as U.S. care. Speak up, those of you who have experienced health care in both countries, it's time the people of the U.S. knew the truth.

    April 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jean2

    Why would any resonable person begruge health care for some one ill. Just consider we are human beings.

    April 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. dan in Tucson

    I think if the millions of Americans without health care get ill, then the conservatives should foot the bill. How can we consider our country a leader when it doesn't even take care of its own citizens like every other industrial nation in the world. The conservatives are the most selfish and ignorant people on the planet.

    April 27, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Freed_From_W

    Ok, let me try to understand for a minute...

    Half of Americans uninsured, and a (quite literally) fatally flawed care system designed to profit medicinal corporations = Good

    Healthcare for all citizens as a human right with the option to purchase supplemental insurance if that person wants to = Bad

    I'm very confused.

    April 27, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. wait a minute

    We must have universal health care. While some have the luxury of choosing whom or which hospital to go to, many others don't have anything to cover their health care. It's time to stop being selfish and let all Americans get covered. Health insurance industry is a waste of national resource. Let's get rid of them. We can use one-payer Medicare system for all Americans.

    April 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. snookers

    Socialized medicine is not a bad word and should be explored. The current system is broke..
    Millions of Americans do not see doctors anymore, there only option is emergency rooms at a couple of grands a pop.
    Many suffer from curable ailments but have no insurance or big bucks to get treatment. We are actually living in the dark ages compared to Europe and forced to try the more affordable snake oil drugs as advertised on TV, which are basically all placebos.
    It is ironic that many working Americans are paying for health care(medicare) but cannot afford current health care prior to the age of 65.
    They should consider themselves lucky indeed if they can reach 65 alive.
    USA is the only country as far as I know where corporations are saddled with health care costs for their employees/retirees in some cases.
    Makes it very hard for those companies that have to compete in a global market like GM, Ford etc.
    I wish pres. Obama the best of luck with his new plans. He cannot go wrong.
    Anything is better than the joke health care we currently have.. Zilch for many Americans.

    April 27, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Eric

    For the record, I nearly died in the emergency room after waiting for over 4 hours after showing up at the hospital. Right here in the good old USA.

    April 27, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. smokey

    When are these GOP people going to stop...They are never going to get it that Obama as won and will be in office the next 8 years..They are still out there grabbing on to anything they can, and still they can not make any relevant point..Instead of wasting their time complaining and saying no to everything little thing Obama says or does, they should be trying to figure out who their real leader is and get their own mess and party cleaned up..

    April 27, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Jim

    As a health economist I'll say there are things about Obama's plan that are not ideal. But the fears that the conservative groups consistantly use are based entirely on irrational fears and misconception that the GOP have done a great job perpetuating.

    First, universal coverage does not necessarily mean government run. The Netherlands has universal coverage. The government mandates that everyone have PRIVATE health insurance from PRIVATE insurance companies. The government sets minimums that these companies must provide for minimum coverage. Some people receive subsidies based on income, and that's it.

    As far as rationed care. As some people have pointed out, we already have rationed care in many situations. HMO's and PPO's will only cover so many general office visits in a year before you have to pay more out-of-pocket. But the fact of the matter is completely unrestricted access to any and all health care would be a TERRIBLE thing. It's simple economics. The higher demand the greater the price. The more resources going into the health industry the less there are for other industries. Letting anyone have absolutely any type of health care just because they want it or can afford it is not necessarily the best use of limited resources.

    The American public must get away from the "fast food health care" mentality where they can get anything and everything, have their way and have it NOW. Otherwise health care costs will NEVER come down.

    April 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Leah

    Please don't fall for this crap, America! The ad uses LIES and SCARE TACTICS to distract Americans from the actual facts (straight from the playbook of Rove, Limbuagh, Cheney).

    The sponsors of this ad are afraid of no longer making billions from of a band-aid or aspirin pill!

    We are well overdue for SOUND ECONOMIC POLICY applied to our healthcare system!

    April 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. J.P.

    ObamaCare: your healthcare delivered with all the efficiency, compassion and customer service of the DMV or the US Post Office.

    Nice...

    I'll keep my HMO, you keep the change.

    April 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. wwf

    Some of you better understand that your tax dollars are being used to pay for others right now because they don't have insurance. Not everyone if fortunate enough to get at jobe with affordable health insurance.

    April 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Evolution

    I think the problem is, Republicans are against evolving. Changing the government to the changes of its people. Republicans don't want change. They want the 1950's back. That's why they're the "Party of NO". That's why they don't offer any new ideas to the health care crisis, because they don't like "new".

    April 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Same old same old, nothing new and nothing gained.

    April 27, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Brian in Texas

    More great work from the Party of No.

    April 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    old timer April 27th, 2009 11:47 am ET

    Where can I get more information.
    Where can I donate to the fight against Mr Obama;s health plan.
    Say no to Socialized Medicine.

    So you have no idea what you're for, but you know exactly what you're against because Obama is in front of it?

    Please do what you do best and seek only the information you want to hear, instead of the truth, which may conflict with your view of the world. Like always.

    Don't learn anything new now, or get new ideas, because that would be socialist.

    April 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    It goes against everything that this nation stands for when a taker who has never given anything to society gets equal or better health care than a productive giver who works extremely hard and has the fruits of his or her labor taken from them to be handed out to a taker whose only purpose in life is to vote Democrat each November.

    Libs are all about class warfare, take from the good, give to the bad. Just like they lied about the tax cuts that were actually free money for voting lib to those who don't even pay taxes, they will dishonestly spin their national health care the same way.

    April 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Nathan,

    The government in conjunction with the insurance already make the decisions about your health. The physicians have very little power over how you're treated and why. The notion that we have this totally frre system with no bureaucracy involvement is false. All insurance companies follow Medicare guidelines already. Once again the conservatives are trying to scare you into thinking that you'll run out of choices under an Obama plan. They never mention that 50 million Americans have no choice. But then again they're conservatives, they don't care.

    April 27, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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