Opponents of Democrats' healthcare proposals today launched a $1 million TV ad that asserts that President Obama and his allies are on the path to more government control and less patient choice.
The ad from the Conservatives for Patients' Rights Action Fund says that a provision in the $787 billion economic stimulus package to measure the effectiveness of care and treatment would copy national health plans in Canada and Britain.
The spot then features opponents of the government health plans in those countries warning of patients losing their choice of doctors, and some actually dying as they wait for care.
The ad ends with the announcer urging viewers to call Congress "you won't trade your doctor for a national board of bureaucrats."
In the budget outline they plan to pass this week, Obama's Democratic allies in Congress plan a parliamentary maneuver that would make it easier to pass a healthcare overhaul by requiring only a simple majority vote.
Also, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee announced this afternoon that a working group will hold a hearing on Tuesday about the lessons learned in the states, specifically on covering residents.
Those scheduled to testify include Jon Kingsdale, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector; Eileen McAnneny, senior vice-president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Susan Besio, director of the state Office of Vermont Health Access; and Barry Chen, board member of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.
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