Tuesday, July 21, 2009


COC Readies Attack Ads on Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful lobbying organization in the country, is about the launch attack ads against the healthcare reform bill sponsored by the Democrats. The COC has also led the way in the attempt to institutionalize full FDA preemption. Here is a relevant excerpt from yesterday's WSJ:

Ad Campaigns Aim at Health Overhaul

WASHINGTON – Major business groups are launching a series of new advertising campaigns aimed at shaping Congress' health overhaul.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents three million employers, plans to introduce a sharply worded multimedia advertising campaign in the next several days pushing back against the key planks of Democrats' health overhaul proposals. The group plans to run television and print advertisements in the Washington area and about a half dozen states with lawmakers who hold key votes in the debate, including Maine, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska.

The ads will take aim at Democrats' proposals to create a public health insurance plan and raise taxes on the wealthy. The campaign also will emphasize the significance of existing employer-provided health insurance plans, which currently cover about 170 million Americans.
"The government already gets the shirt off your back," reads one print that features a bare-legged man covering himself with a briefcase. "If Congress passes new tax reforms, then hold on to your pants!"

"We don't think Congress should be racing" to pass the health legislation, said Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "I think you're seeing a growing unease.... in Congress itself." Mr. Josten said the group will spend "a couple million" dollars initially on the campaign, though he declined to specify the precise amount.


  1. This isn't about health care reform any more, it is about attacking the President and taking him down. It is republican led.

    The republicans are the worst bunch of sociopaths that have ever collected in one group.

    The health care industry is also over run with sociopaths....Calculating high profits on the misfortune of the sick and needy.

    I hope the rest of the American people see them for what they really are.

    I also hope the pharmaceutical industry improves their prospective employee screening program, and weeds out these people - let them work elsewhere...But hopefully, let them get rehabilitated first...

  2. What the COC won’t emphasize is that many businesses are requiring their employees to contribute to the cost of their insurance, or not providing it at all. They also probably won’t dwell on the fact that if an employee loses his/her job, they may also lose their insurance.

    The Chamber of Commerce works for 3 million employers, not the average American. Like the ads warn, most bankruptcies happen because of an illness. And that would be an illness that struck an individual without insurance--a tragedy that happens to a lot of hard-working Americans who got sick, lost their job and their insurance and, more than likely, did not receive proper or timely care.

    Another thing the Chamber’s ads won't discuss is the impact this has on middle and lower class America. You won't hear them tell us how the wealthy don’t have to worry about losing their job or buying insurance, or paying medical bills, or getting proper care.

  3. In one respect, there is irony in the COC's fight against the Dem. plan What about the argument that, if there were a gov. plan available, businesses could stop covering their employees, just as they do in some cases when employees qualify for Medicare--resulting in a huge savings for the businesses involved.


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