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Cuckoo Coalition

The headline on the Missoulian story this morning reads “Doctors urge politicians to rethink overhaul“. The story is misleading in that it covers a press conference held yesterday at St. Patrick Hospital by a small group calling itself the Coalition to Protect Patients Rights. The article makes it sound as if there is strong support among physicians for derailing the current push toward reform the health care system. On their website, the CPPR says “We support tax credits, health savings accounts, and vouchers – for those who truly cannot afford health insurance“. Tax breaks, vouchers, tort reform… Sounds like the same old tired laundry list pushed by the insurance companies. The “coalition” is managed by a Washington D.C. lobbying firm called the DCI Group. These are the same republican operatives who brought you such wonderful healthy ideas as “smokers rights”, privatizing Social Security and global warming denial.

The “coalition” claims to be made up of “thousands of health care professionals”. Here’s the truth. The American Medical Association has endorsed the House health care reform bill (H.R. 3200). In their letter to the committee chairman, the AMA stated that “This legislation contains a broad range of provisions that are key to effective, comprehensive health system reform“. 450,000 doctors, represented by these seven health care organizations;

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Doctors for America
  • National Physicians Alliance

signed a letter of support to congress saying in part,

We want you — Congress — and the Administration, and the American people to know that we believe, in the best interest of our patients and this nation, we must pass strong and effective health care reform in 2009. Americans need affordable choices, and stable coverage. Not passing health reform will result in continued rising costs, poorer quality of care, and more people uninsured.”

The Missoulian article is misleading at best. The headline is a downright lie in suggesting that there is strong support among the medical community for stopping health care reform. CPPR is yet another smelly, well-funded public relations effort by a small astroturf group of industry hacks to misinform and lie to you about health care reform. Check the facts, don’t just read the headlines.

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