Sunday, May 17, 2009

Standing Up for Health Care

On Friday, David Plouffe pointed out that some of the same people behind the notorious "swiftboat" ads of 2004 are already pumping millions of dollars into deceptive television ads. Earlier in the month, the New York Times reported:

Richard L. Scott is unusual in these tough economic times: a rich, conservative investor willing to spend freely on a political cause.

Mr. Scott is starring in his own rotation of advertisements against the broad outlines of President Obama’s health care plans.

... He visited with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, and his new group, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, has hired a leading conservative public relations firm, CRC, well known for its work with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group that attacked Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, during his presidential campaign.

In his message, Plouffe explained:

The swiftboaters are once again trying to sell the American people short. As during the election, we deserve a serious conversation -- not fear-mongering and deceit. You and I see the importance of healthcare reform every day. We can't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to face one of America's greatest challenges head on.

...When the swiftboaters flood the airwaves with distortions, we'll flood the streets with volunteers armed with facts. When they send lobbyists to tell Congress to back down, we'll send millions of calls, letters, and stories from real Americans asking them to stand up.

In the past 24 hours, thousands of you have already stood up and donated to help fund what will be an historic grassroots campaign to pass healthcare reform before the end of this year. We have a long way to go, but in the past few days we've seen that the President, Congressional leaders, and the American people are ready for real healthcare reform.

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