Skip to comments.(CPR) Campaign Against Obama Health Plan Run By Notorious Conservative PR Firm
Posted on 03/03/2009 5:06:33 PM PST by Libloather
Campaign Against Obama Health Plan Run By Notorious Conservative PR Firm
By Elana Schor - March 3, 2009, 5:55PM
A new group called Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) is about to launch the opening salvo in the fight to sink President Obama's health care plan.
CPR is running TV, radio, and web ads that attempt to stoke irrational fears of "a central national board" in charge of medical decision-making, asking Americans to envision a world where "bureaucrats decide the treatments you receive, the drugs you take, even the doctors you see." Of course, that vision has nothing to do with the president's health care plan, but the truth shouldn't be an impediment to CPR's dream of killing health care reform.
After all, the group has hired Creative Response Concepts, the same PR firm that represented the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. The "media relations" contact number listed on CPR's website, (703) 683-5004, is the same phone number as Creative Response Concepts, as one liberal organization discovered when researching the new health care group.
Creative Response's past clients also include the Christian Coalition, the right-leaning National Taxpayers Union, and USANext, the front group that led George W. Bush's failed push to privatize Social Security. Hilariously, Politico could only bring itself to observe that CPR has hired "veteran Republican consultants" for its new anti-Obama effort.
Fears are only irrational if they are not based in reality. More psychological subversion by the commies.
These fears are in no way “irrational”. Not at all. They are very realistic.
Oh yes it does. Doesn't mattter what the plan says initially, either. That's where socialized medicine invevitably leads. That's where every such system has always gone eventually. And its precisely where the moral busybodies who arrogantly think they know better than you do what life choices you should make want so ferverently to go.
The charge is a dead-on bulls eye--as evidenced by the hysterical reaction it's getting.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C. S. Lewis
There is something wrong here, yet it’s ok for a liberal group to buy ads promoting Rush as the leader of the Republican Party?
wonder if there has ever been a ‘notorious’ liberal or even an ‘arch’, ‘extreme’, ‘ultra’, ‘hardcore’, ‘hardline’ or ‘far left’ liberal? I just ask cuz I’ve never heard the words uttered on TV on written in the MSM.
What the heck is “Talking Points Memo”?
Where do I send what money I have left.
Quick before they find out I have some change.
Looks like the author of the piece is a notorious lamebrain. Or a notorious whiner.
Don’t you just love the way liberals attach such lovely adjatives to “conservative” every time they use the word? Hummm.....maybe we need to be more creative with our language for liberals.
How do we hire them for the Tea Parties???
Says it all.
Nice Ordered to Release Model Used to Deny Thousands Osteoporosis Drug
The Government's drugs rationing body, Nice, has been ordered to release the calculations it used to deny thousands of patients with thinning bones treatment on the NHS with an osteoporosis drug.
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent Last Updated: 4:37PM GMT 19 Feb 2009
In the second such ruling in a year, the High Court ruled that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will have to reveal details of its economic model to patients' groups, who have been campaigning to have the osteoporosis drug made freely available.
While Nice will have to reconsider submissions after the model is studied, it is under no obligation to change its draft guidance to restrict the use of the expensive drug. Making the ruling in the High Court, Mr Justice Holman warned that "no-one should gain false hope from this judgment". Nice advised last October that doctors should prescribe a cheaper drug, alendronate, to women in the early stages of osteoporosis, even though it cannot be taken by around 20 per cent of patients. Patients want another drug, called strontium ranelate, which costs £1 a day, to be widely available on the health service.
The National Osteoporosis Society and Servier, who make the drug, claim that not to give the drug is unethical and will harm patient care. Many patients find that stomach pains which can be a side effect of alendronate, which costs £50 a year, mean that they cannot take the drug. Nick Rijke, from the National Osteoporosis Society, said: "Nice have a duty to allow public scrutiny of their work but unfortunately this is the second time that they have been found to have acted unlawfully by hiding behind confidentiality agreements. "We welcome today's judgement, which finally gives us the proper access to the economic modelling that Nice use to decide which treatments the NHS should prescribe. "At last we will have the opportunity to prove that giving patients and doctors a wide range of treatment options is cost effective. We already know that this is in the best interests of people at risk of fractures." Last year Nice were ordered to reveal details if the economic model used to make a decision to restrict the use of Alzheimer's medicines.
Not with English doctors quietly triaging older patients into a much lower standard of care (they did that to my English aunt; her Indian doctor had to fight to get her a hip operation), and not with Dutch doctors performing active euthanasia on patients.
Now all they need over there is a Soylent Corporation to turn those corpses into green protein-bar MRE's.