Ad Calls Attention To Senate GOP’s Over 100 False Claims On Health Reform, Misleading the American Public In Their Effort To “Kill” Health Reform

Watch “100 False Claims”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nDKnXwTWdk

WASHINGTON – Today the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a new web ad entitled “100 False Claims” highlighting the over 100 misleading and outright false claims and statements made by Republican Senators since debate on the Senate floor began just eleven days ago on the Senate health bill – that’s nearly ten false claims a day.  The video’s release comes as the Democratic National Committee released its 112th fact check today on the Senate GOP’s unending lies and highlights Senate Republicans’ efforts to mislead the American people and “kill” health reform at all costs.

Watch “100 False Claims”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nDKnXwTWdk


100 False Claims AD BACKUP 12/7/09



VO: After 10 days of debate


Senate Health Reform Bill Debate Began On November 19th. Sen. Reid submitted a plan to begin debate on H.R. 3590 on November 19th. [Congressional Record, 11/19/09]

Senate Has Been in Session





VO: Republican Senators have made false claims over 100 times

TEXT: Senate Republicans / False Claims Over 100 Times

DNC Sent Out 100th Fact Check On 12/6/09. “Please Note: The Fact Check Below is the DNC’s 100th Fact Check of Republican Lies on Health Reform Since the Senate Debate Began on November 19th.” [DNC Fact Check #100, 12/6/09]
GRASSLEY: The pending bill

ENZI: lays the groundwork for

SESSIONS: a government takeover

HUTCHISON: a government takeover

ENZI: government takeover

DEMINT: government takeover

KYL: this big government takeover

GRASSLEY: of our health care system

Factcheck.org: “President Obama Hasn’t Proposed A Government-Run [Health Care] Plan And, In Fact, Has Rejected The Idea.” FactCheck.org: “President Obama hasn’t proposed a government-run [health care] plan and, in fact, has rejected the idea.” [FactCheck.org, 5/6/09]

Factcheck.org: President Obama Hasn’t Proposed Government-Run Health Care. FactCheck.org: “We’ve written before about conservatives claiming that Congress, or Obama, or Washington, or Democrats in general want the U.S. to have a Canadian-style, government-run health care system. The truth of the matter is that the president has repeatedly said he doesn’t.” [FactCheck.org, 8/10/09]

AMA President-Elect Reassured: Physicians And Patients Don’t Need To Fear The Rise Of A Monolithic Health System With No Choice From President Obama. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that “American Medical Association president-elect Dr. James Rohack told Mississippi doctors Friday…Physicians and patients don’t need to fear the rise of a monolithic health system with no choice, because it’s not something the American people would accept, Rohack said. The president didn’t advocate a single-payer system for the United States at the meeting, Rohack said. Obama said he believes in access to health care for all with a system that is a mix of public and private sources with patients still able to see the physicians of their choice.” [Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 5/30/09]

SESSIONS: “This is a raid on Medicare.” [Senate Floor, 12/06/09] AARP: “Budget Experts Say, Without Cutting Guaranteed Benefits, Both Bills Shore Up The Solvency Of The Medicare Trust Fund For Five Additional Years.” In the AARP Bulletin Today, it was noted that, “[i]n fact, budget experts say, without cutting guaranteed benefits, both bills shore up the solvency of the Medicare trust fund for five additional years.” [AARP Bulletin Today, 12/1/09]

THUNE: “In the year 2016, they’re going to be paying over $20,000 a year in health insurance.” [Senate Floor, 12/6/09]

MURKOWSKI: “Our Numbers Say This Will Increase Your Premiums” [Senate Floor, 12/5/09]

CBO Found That Senate Bill “Would Leave Premiums Unchanged Or Slightly Lower For The Vast Majority Of Americans,” Contradicting Insurance Industry Claims. The Washington Post reported that, “[a]s the Senate opened debate Monday on a landmark plan to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, congressional budget analysts said the measure would leave premiums unchanged or slightly lower for the vast majority of Americans, contradicting assertions by the insurance industry that the average family’s coverage would rise by thousands of dollars if the proposal became law… Monday’s CBO report offers the first objective analysis of the effect on premiums.” [Washington Post, 12/1/09]

MIT Analysis: The Senate Health Care Bill Would Reduce Premium Prices In The Individual Health Insurance Market. “A new analysis by a leading MIT economist provides new ammunition for Democrats as the Senate begins formally debating the historic health-reform bill being pushed by President Barack Obama. The report concludes that under the Senate’s health-reform bill, Americans buying individual coverage will pay less than they do for today’s typical individual market coverage, and would be protected from high out-of-pocket costs. … Gruber concludes that people purchasing individual insurance would save an annual $200 (singles) to $500 (families) in 2009 dollars. And people with low incomes would receive premium tax credits that would reduce the price that they pay for health insurance by as much as $2,500 to $7,500.” [Politico, 11/28/09]

CHAMBLISS: “Seniors ought to be scared” [Senate Floor, 12/5/09] AARP: Senate Legislation Will “Improve The Quality, Value And Sustainability Of [Medicare] For Current And Future Beneficiaries,” And “The Legislation Does Not Reduce Any Guaranteed Medicare Benefits.” AARP CEO Barry Rand said in a letter: “With respect to Medicare, AARP supports policies to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse — and to improve the quality, value and sustainability of the program for current and future beneficiaries. The legislation before the Senate properly focuses on provider reimbursement reforms to achieve these important policy objectives. Most importantly, the legislation does not reduce any guaranteed Medicare benefits.” [AARP Statement, 12/2/09]

GRASSLEY: “Now is not the time to consider bills that increase unemployment.” [Floor Speech, 12/4/09] CEA Report: Slowing Health Care Cost Growth Would Add 500,000 Jobs Each Year. In a report on the economic impact of health care reform, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors wrote that, “[s]lowing cost growth would lower the unemployment rate…the beneficial impact on employment in the short and medium run (relative to the no-reform baseline) is estimated to be approximately 500,000 each year that the effect is felt.” [CEA Health Care Report, 6/2/09]

Study: No Health Insurance Reform Means Small Businesses Will Pay Nearly $2.4 Trillion In Healthcare Costs, Cost 178,000 Jobs. The Small Business Majority study commissioned a study from noted economist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jonathan Gruber. The study found that, “without reform, small businesses will pay nearly $2.4 trillion dollars over the next ten years in healthcare costs for their workers. With reform, the study shows that small businesses can save as much as $855 billion, a reduction of 36 percent, money that can be reinvested to grow the economy.” The study also found that without reform, 178,000 small business jobs will be lost in 2018 as a result of healthcare costs, and with reform, up to 128,000 of those jobs could be saved. [The Economic Impact of Healthcare Reform on Small Business, 6/11/09]

Business Roundtable: Without Reform, Health Care Costs Rise To $28,530 Per Employee, 166% Higher; With Reform, Businesses Could Save $3,000 Per Employeee. A report from the Business Roundtable concluded that: “If the cost trends of the past 10 years repeat, by 2019, employment-based spending on health care at large employers will be 166% higher than today on a per-employee basis. This equates to an average of $28,530 per employee when employer subsidies, employee contributions, and employee out-of-pocket costs are combined. We estimate that if enacted properly, the right legislative reforms could potentially reduce that trend line by more than $3,000 per employee, to $25,435.” [Business Roundtable – Health Care Reform, 11/12/09]

GREGG: “$2.5 trillion in costs.” [Senate Floor, 12/3/09] Roll Call: CBO Reported the Senate Bill Costs $849 Billion, “Slash[es] The Deficit By A Whopping $777 Billion Over The Next 20 Years. “At first blush, Reid scored a coup with his $849 billion bill, because Democrats said the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would slash the deficit by a whopping $777 billion over the next 20 years while providing insurance for an additional 31 million Americans. The price tag is also less than the $900 billion President Barack Obama had called for and the $1.2 trillion cost of the House-passed version… ‘He was applauded. His staff was applauded,’ said Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a deficit hawk who said Reid did ‘an exceptionally good job.’” [Roll Call, 11/18/09]

Claim That Senate Bill Would Cost $2.5 Trillion Was Generated By Senate Budget Committee Republicans. Fox News reported that, “Republicans have countered the CBO estimate with a figure of their own: $2.5 trillion, an estimate that comes out of the Senate Budget Committee minority’s analysis of Reid’s plan.” [Fox News, 11/19/09]

VO: Is there anything that will keep them from misleading the American public about health reform?

TEXT: Will Anything

Keep Republicans

From Misleading the Public About Reform?






HATCH: “It’s enough to make you barf!” [Floor Speech, 12/3/09]

PALIN: “So, how about in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up.”

TEXT ON SCREEN: Tell Senate Republicans to quit making things up

DNC Disclaimer

USA Today Ed Board: Reviving “Kill Grandma” Scare Tactics Show Republicans Are “Trying To Set A New, Lower Bar For Demagoguery,” Their Arguments On Medicare Are “Bogus.” USA Today published an editorial that said: “Scaring seniors about losing their Medicare benefits is deceptive and irresponsible, but it’s a political winner. Both parties have played the game shamelessly over the years. This time, it’s Republicans who are doing it, and it’s as if they’re trying to set a new, lower bar for demagoguery…It’s also interesting to note that McCain and other Republicans haven’t always felt so protective of Grandma. McCain suggested even larger Medicare cuts during his presidential campaign last year, and he and some other GOP critics voted for cuts more than twice as big when Congress approved the Balanced Budget Act in 1997. Republicans are trying to derail President Obama’s health overhaul, and they want to get Democrats on record as voting to cut Medicare…What’s scary isn’t what will happen to seniors and their Medicare benefits. They’ll be fine. What’s frightening is how many people will continue to suffer with bad insurance or none at all if the scare tactics succeed.” [USA Today Editorial, 12/3/09]

Dr. Sanjay Gupta On Rationing: “It’s Not True…A Look At The Reform Bill In Congress There Is No Mention Of That. No Mention Of Rationing, No Mention Of The Government Making So-Called End-Of-Life Decisions For Seniors.” “GUPTA: Tell me why. MCCOY: I try not to worry. Well, I have read some things that says that as you get older you are liable to wait and wait and wait before you can have surgery. I’ve heard that they’re going to look at the older people and you’re going to wait longer than the younger people. GUPTA (voice-over): It’s not true, though a lot of people think so. A look at the reform bill in Congress there is no mention of that. No mention of rationing, no mention of the government making so-called end-of-life decisions for seniors.” [CNN Anderson Cooper 360, 11PM, 8/14/09]

Politifact: The Claim That Health Care Reform Will Lead To Callous Decisions That Would Allow People To Die If They Face A Costly Treatment Is “False.” “In the ad, a man weeps over someone lying in a hospital bed while the announcer says, ‘$22,750. In England, government health officials decided that’s how much six months of life is worth. Under their socialized system if a medical treatment costs more, you’re out of luck. That’s wrong for America.’ That footage is interspersed with shots of the Capitol building and the whole thing is set to some very ominous music. You can watch it here. The carefully worded ad doesn’t directly say that the government is planning to put a price on our lives, but the implication is clear: The reform plan will lead to callous decisions that would allow people to die if they face a costly treatment. So that’s what we’re going to check — whether the reform plan would impose those kind of caps on treatment. … So, back to the Club for Growth ad. Although our experts agree that it gets the NICE statistic correct about the British practice, the ad’s main point about cost limits is incorrect. There is no such practice in the comparative effectiveness program, nor is it part of the current health reform proposals pending in Congress. The House and Senate bills under consideration would not require the government to decide how much a person’s life is worth. As a result, we give the Club for Growth a False.” [PolitiFact, 8/6/09]