August 27th, 2009
06:04 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: Dems try to calm seniors' health care concerns

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's political arm will email 500,000 senior citizens Thursday afternoon to make the case that opponents of health care reform are engaging in a disinformation campaign in an effort to derail Obama's efforts to overhaul the nation's health care system.

"Special interests and insurance companies are spreading lies and trying to scare seniors into opposing health reform that will help us - just so they can protect their own profits," Connie L., who describes herself as a Florida volunteer for Organizing for America, writes in the note. "It's shameful."

Connie then goes on to tell the e-mail recipients, who identified themselves to Obama's political operation as "seniors," that "President Obama's plan for health insurance is good for seniors" and lists five major reasons to justify her claim.

Members of Congress have spent the month of August explaining their views on health care reform at constituent town hall meetings. Both supporters and opponents of Obama's approach to health care reform are targeting seniors - a very active voting bloc whose lives are intimately bound up in the outcome of the debate.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll taken earlier this month showed that 50 percent of Americans favor Obama's health care plan, while 45 percent oppose it.

OFA is housed at the Democratic National Committee

(Text of the e-mail after the jump.)


Subject: They're trying to scare seniors

Friend -

Special interests and insurance companies are spreading lies and trying to scare seniors into opposing health reform that will help us - just so they can protect their own profits. It's shameful.

My name is Connie, and I'm a senior and a volunteer with Organizing for America in Florida. I'm working to set the record straight, so I wanted to share with you a list of reasons reform will help seniors.

I've already emailed this to folks I know, and printed it out to hand around - please do the same! We all need to get the truth out to as many friends and family as possible to fight these shameful lies.

President Obama's plan for health insurance reform is good for seniors, because reform...

... will STRENGTHEN Medicare. Reform will improve Medicare's quality of care by cutting down on paperwork, focusing on wellness and prevention, and rewarding doctors for the care they provide instead of how many procedures they do. This all adds up to more choices and better care.

... will NOT cut our Medicare benefits. President Obama has clearly said, "nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits." And AARP agrees that reform will simply eliminate billions in giveaways via the Medicare Advantage program that boost insurance company profits - but don't help folks like us.

... will SAVE us money. Reform will close the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D that's costing people so much money for prescription drugs, and eliminate co-pays for preventative care like cancer screenings and immunizations.

... will SAVE Medicare in the long run. If we do nothing, costs will keep rising and the Medicare trust fund will be at risk of going bust within a decade. Reform will save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure we get the care we need for years to come.

... will HELP our loved ones. I have three children with pre-existing conditions. I live in fear that I will have to mortgage everything to pay for their care if they lose their jobs, and can't get coverage. Reform will extend coverage for young people, stop insurance companies from charging women more or cutting care when you need it most. And most importantly to me, reform will make it illegal to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

In so many ways, reform will help every American struggling with our health insurance system - especially seniors.

But insurance companies that want to protect their profits and partisan attack groups that want to weaken President Obama at any cost are spreading rumors to scare folks like us into opposing the reform we need. It's outrageous.

Each of us probably knows at least one person who is uncertain about reform. So it's up to us to let our friends and neighbors know that reform will help them, not hurt them.

You can start by forwarding this email to everyone you know today! You can also click here to print out a fact sheet for seniors that you can give to friends and family.

It's so important to get the truth out about reform.


Connie L.

Florida Volunteer
Organizing for America

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