Monday, May 11, 2009

More Obstructionists On Healthcare Reform

Hat tip: Prometheus 6 and JJP poster RobM

From The Washington Post:

Ex-Hospital CEO Battles Reform Effort
Ads Cite Long Waits In Canada and Britain
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 11, 2009

The television ads that began airing last week feature horror stories from Canada and the United Kingdom: Patients who allegedly suffered long waits for surgeries, couldn't get the drugs they needed, or had to come to the United States for treatment.

"Before government rushes to overhaul health care, listen to those who already have government-run health care," intones Rick Scott, founder of a group called Conservatives for Patients' Rights. "Tell Congress to listen, too."

Scott, a multimillionaire investor and controversial former hospital chief executive, has become an unlikely and prominent leader of the opposition to health-care reform plans that Congress is expected to take up later this year. While disorganized Republicans and major health-care companies wait for President Obama and Democratic leaders to reveal the details of their plan before criticizing it, Scott is using $5 million of his own money and up to $15 million more from supporters to try to build resistance to any government-run program.

The campaign is being coordinated by CRC Public Relations, the group that masterminded the "Swift boat" attacks against 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry, and is inspired by the "Harry and Louise" ads that helped torpedo health-care reform during the Clinton administration.

Rest of article at link above.

I thought Rob M's comment is on point:
This guy wants the market to determine healthcare because it will be rationed. it is rationed now because the insurance company determines what gets done. It is rationed becausee insurance works by having the healthiest into the system first so the premiums they pay can pay for older clients. Well that assumes you never change your insurer because if you do you may run into existing conditions exclusions. In an economy like ours where employment mobility is responsbile for productivity this happens all the time.
The absolute fear mongering to divide people into haves and have nots is ridiculous.

They are who we thought they were.

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