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Wednesday
Nov252009

60 Plus Announces New 9 State TV Campaign Targeted at Senators

New $2.0 Million Ad Buy Targeting AK, AR, FL, IN, LA, ME, NE, ND and SD

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In the wake of the Senate’s vote on Saturday to take up the health care reform legislation, the 60 Plus Association today announced a new advertising campaign targeting Senators in nine states – Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

The target Senators are:  Mark Begich (D-AK), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Bill Nelson (D-FL),  Evan Bayh (D-IN), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), and Tim Johnson (D-SD).

The $2.0 million ad buy highlights the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report which confirms cuts to Medicare of half a trillion dollars and reports seniors could have benefits cut and could “jeopardize access” to health care.

The :30 second TV ad begins running in each state tomorrow .  See the national version at www.60plus.org.  See the Florida version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeVl7KLXEP0.

 “This should be a week of Thanks, but these Senators will be receiving ‘No Thanks’ from seniors.  The chief actuary says the House bill cuts Medicare.  The Senate bill is no better.   Seniors have already lost their Social Security COLA and now President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi want to cut Medicare, too.  Senators should take notice, seniors are upset and taking a stand to say ‘Don’t cut our Medicare,’” said Jim Martin, President of 60 Plus.

Titled “Devastating”, the ad features the new report from CMS citing the potential effects to Medicare and the coverage seniors would receive, and members of our Greatest Generation begging Congress not to cut Medicare to pay for health care reform.  The state specific ad asks seniors to call their Senator, and ends with a senior reminding Congress “Seniors will NOT forget.”

 “Members of Congress are trying to hide behind the AARP endorsement of this bill as a defense, but AARP makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year on royalty payments from selling insurance plans.  Senators would be smart to read the bill and listen to the experts that run Medicare, instead of hiding behind the rhetoric and accounting gimmicks in Sen. Reid’s bill,” continued Martin.

With this buy, 60 Plus has now allocated over $8 million to the health care debate.

A full transcript of the Florida version of the ad can be found below.

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The 60 Plus Association is a 17-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security, affordable prescription drugs, lowering energy costs and other issues featuring a less government, less taxes approach.  60 Plus calls on support from nearly 5.5 million citizen activists.  60 Plus publishes a magazine, SENIOR VOICE, and a Scorecard, bestowing awards on lawmakers of both parties who vote “pro-senior.”   60 Plus has been called, “an increasingly influential senior citizen’s group” and since 1992 “the conservative alternative to the AARP.”

FINAL 60 PLUS ASSOCIATION TV :30 – “DEVASTATING-FLORIDA”

SPA-09-TV-42

 

VIDEO

AUDIO

 

U.S. Capitol and Senior B-Roll

 

SUPER:

What does health care reform mean for seniors?

 

 

(Music Up and Under)

 

ANNOUNCER:

What does health care reform mean for seniors?

 

 

U.S. Capitol

CMS Report/Logo

A new report from the agency which runs Medicare says it could be devastating.

 

 

Hospital B-Roll

 

Washington Post Masthead

 

“…hospitals and nursing homes… could stop taking Medicare altogether.”

 

CITE:

Washington Post, 11/15/09

 

“Medicare cuts ... so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.”

 

 

Doctor and Senior B-Roll

 

Washington Post masthead

 

$500 Billion In Medicare Cuts:

 

“…would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens…”

 

“…could jeopardize access to care for millions of others…”

 

CITE:

Washington Post, 11/15/09

 

500 billion in cuts that... "would sharply reduce benefits for some … and “could jeopardize access to care for millions of others.”

 

 

Seniors on camera

 

SUPER:

Call Senator Bill Nelson

Stop the Medicare Cuts

 

(813) 225-7040

 

www.60Plus.org

 

DISCLAIMER:

PAID FOR BY 60 PLUS ASSOCIATION

 

 

SENIOR:
Don’t make us pay for health care reform by cutting Medicare.  

 

 

 

SENIOR:
Seniors will not forget.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov252009

Heritage: The Senate Health Care Debate

Last Saturday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with debate on its version of so-called “health care reform.” It is appropriate that Senators voted to move this massive spending bill, some might call a “turkey,” forward before going home for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to share with you the following e-mail sent by our Government Relations team to key legislative staff on Capitol Hill to provide them with timely information for the health care debate. I trust you will find it helpful in understanding what is taking place during the ongoing Senate debate in Washington and in communicating with others at home.

Below please find all new research from the analysts at Heritage who have extensively reviewed the newly released Reid Health Care Bill and the key provisions impacting our nation.  You will find major issues such as the overall cost, tax implications, Medicaid impacts, and small business concerns in these timely postings.

The Senate Health Bill: True Cost is $4.9 Trillion
At NRO, Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow James Capretta combs through the CBO report and delivers a true price tag for the Reid Bill.  [Read more]

The Five Flaws of the Reid Health Bill

The Senate and House bills use budget gimmicks and unrealistic savings to make their proposals fit under the $900 billion limit put forth by the President. As history has proven, government health care programs end up costing much more than first promised. [Read more]

Taxes Proposed to Pay for Health Care Reform
The U.S. Senate's proposal for a government-run hostile takeover of the entire U.S. health care system includes a barrage of higher taxes. [Read more]

 


High-Income Surtax: How Not to Pay for Health Care
Congress is proposing a surtax on high-income individuals to help pay for health care reform that would burden the economy and slow its recovery from the recession. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Higher Taxes from Harry Reid

In order to pay for a massive health care bill (H.R. 3590), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) creates a host of new taxes. These taxes will total $370.2 billion in the next ten years, and many of the taxes will start being collected in 2010, even as the economy continues to struggle. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Federal Micromanagement of Health Insurance
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) giant new health care bill contains the same provisions as the other House and Senate bills to establish Federal micromanagement of all private health insurance. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Federally Designed Health Exchanges With A Government Run Plan
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s massive Senate health bill (H.R. 3590) contains a “public option”, a new government run health plan to compete against private health plans within a federally designed system of state health insurance exchanges. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Medicaid and CLASS Act Provisions

The 2074 page Reid Health Bill (H.R. 3590) generally follows the Senate Finance and HELP versions on Medicaid and in the creation of a new health care program, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Bad for Small Business
The Reid health bill leaves small businesses, and particularly small business owners, largely out of the picture. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: How the Mandates Kill Jobs and Punish Poor Workers
A first look at the bill – which is 2,074 pages long – shows yet another attempt to use taxes to punish uninsured Americans and punish companies that hire workers from low-income families, especially single parents. If you wanted to punish the poor and kill the job prospects of people who need jobs the most, this would be an effective way to do it. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Taxpayer Funded Abortions
Last night Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released the version of health care reform he hopes will be considered on the Senate floor. The new bill devotes eight of its 2,074 pages to policy governing abortion in the structure of state health care exchanges and the public option it creates. [Read more]

The Wrong Medicare Advantage Reform: Cutting Benefits, Limiting Choices, and Increasing Costs    
The health care bills currently under active consideration in Congress would substantially modify the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, imposing deep benefit cuts to partially offset new non-Medicare entitlement spending while reducing health plan choices for seniors and bending the cost curve in the wrong direction. [Read more]


Wednesday
Nov252009

Illinois Policy Institute - Getting Under Pelosi’s Skin…

What’s Getting Under Pelosi’s Skin?  Our newest health care study, that’s what!  “Adding Insult to Injury,” which we released yesterday, has already hit the national airwaves.  Congressman Peter Roskam appeared on Fox News yesterday, citing our study's findings that Illinois will lose 169,000 jobs (and the nation 3.8 million) if the current health care bill passes. 

We discovered other unfortunate side effects of the plan, including economic shrinkage of 5.1% and a $4,418 price tag for each Illinoisan. You can watch our CEO’s remarks at yesterday’s Chicago press conference here.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we spread the word about free market solutions. Click here to chip in to help our efforts today.  

Wednesday
Nov252009

Sam Adams Alliance announces new podcast: Engaging Democracy with Eric O'Keefe

A few weeks ago when Doug Hoffman, a Conservative Party candidate in New York's 23rd congressional district, forced the big-spending Republican candidate to withdraw from the race, many voters thought this was the moment when a third-party candidate could finally go to Washington as a true representative of the people in his district, and not of a party apparatus.
 
Hoffman's candidacy, which received a wealth of national grassroots support and media attention, is just one example of how relatively successful third-party candidates have caused a section of the disgruntled electorate to raise their energy and their hope to
ask the question: Can a third-party survive in this two-party country?
 


In his first podcast in a series titled "Engaging Democracy," Eric O'Keefe, chairman of the Sam Adams Alliance and a former executive director of the Libertarian Party, discusses why third parties may not be the avenue that leads to fielding principled candidates and taking power from the two major parties.

Listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes.

Sign up for more podcasts and updates from the Sam Adams Alliance at
samadamsalliance.org.

 

Wednesday
Nov252009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Privacy vs. Freedom

Too Much Government Means
No Personal Freedom

Right and Left Agree!

by Tom Barnes, Staff Writer

In today's New York Times there is an article outlining the growing realization among both Right and Left that government intrusion into the lives of private citizens relative to the criminal justice system has gone too far.

In an article entitled Right and Left Join to Oppose Government in Criminal Cases, we find that conservatives and libertarians have joined forces with civil liberties groups in a grass roots effort to stop the slow and creeping criminalization of American life by the police and criminal justice systems in the country. Finally! This has certainly been a long time coming.
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