SEIU - NH for Health Care Calls for Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani to Remove Radio Ad

Health Care Voters Say Giuliani Is Misleading the Public in New Radio Ads

Concord, New Hampshire – New Hampshire for Health Care, along with thousands of Health Care Voters across the state, called on Mayor Giuliani today to remove a new radio ad released this week that contains inaccurate public health statistics. Health Care Voters are asking Giuliani to stop resorting to scare tactics and misinformation on an issue of such monumental importance in the election.

The ad “Chances” addresses Mayor Giuliani’s battle with prostate cancer. The opening statement begins “I had prostate cancer, five, six years ago. My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States, 82%. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England, only 44% under socialized medicine.”

However, several news organizations, including ABC News, and the New York Times, have concluded that the statistics cited in the ad are out of date and are contradicted by data from the British government. In addition, Giuliani’s campaign issued an ad fact press release that lists an article published by David Gratzer this past summer as the source of the figures, without mentioning that Dr. Gratzer is also an adviser to the Giuliani campaign.

New Hampshire for Health Care is concerned that the Giuliani campaign has indicated that it will continue to air the radio ad despite the erroneous statistics it promotes.

“New Hampshire for Health Care encourages Health Care Voters to look at the health care plans of each candidate, but we expect the campaigns to present strong, accurate statistics when making the case for how they will ensure access to quality, affordable health care for every American,” said John Thyng, State Director. “What we need are real solutions to our health care crisis from the presidential candidates – not scare tactics and misleading information.”

New Hampshire for Health Care is part of Americans for Health Care, a project of SEIU. The campaign has remained neutral in the presidential primary, and Health Care Voters in New Hampshire are participating in all presidential candidate events to encourage Republican and Democratic candidates to make health care their top priority.