The government will be spending $9.5 million to run blatantly political pro-Republican election ads, in English and Spanish, promoting Bush’s Medicare Destruction bill that was passed by a few votes.
From The Progress Report:
“THE AD’S DISTORTIONS: The new Medicare ads urge citizens to call 1-800-MEDICARE to hear more about the new law. And in ‘Big Brother’ style, when you call that number you have to actually say out loud ‘Medicare improvement’ in order to get information. The information you then receive is filled with distortions. The hotline claims the new Medicare ‘is the same Medicare you have always counted on’ — failing to disclose that the law includes provisions which try to force more seniors into private HMOs. The hotline claims that seniors will be able to find ‘immediate savings between 10% to 15% from a new drug discount card program.’ But the cards, which were written into the bill by one of President Bush’s closest business associates, actually do not guarantee any savings at all. The hotline also says the new prescription drug program under Medicare ‘will provide significant savings for seniors.’ But as the Center for Economic and Policy Research notes, ‘seniors in the middle income quintile will pay an average of $1,650 a year in out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs in 2006 – a figure nearly 60% more than they paid in 2000.'”
You have to SAY “Medicare Improvement.” This is basic marketing — repeat the message. Getting rid of Medicare is “improvement.” And making you actually SAY it…
Call your Congressional Representative and demand these Bush campaign ads be taken down, and those responsible be sent to jail!
Also, read the whole thing at the Center for American Progress. There is a lot more, including reminding us how the government spent $30 million to mail a letter telling all Americans that Bush had provided “long-term tax relief for all Americans who pay income taxes” and that “you will be receiving a check [so] you need to take no additional steps.” Remember how the term “tax relief” works for the Republicans.
And they just get away with this stuff! There is no accountability. Clinton would have gone to jail if he had even thought about doing anything like this. Are we approaching the time when we need to be in the streets demanding an end to this kind of corruption and destruction of our system?