Saturday, 15 August 2009

US Conservatives for Patients' Rights are Cons and Liars?

Quelle surprise - not.

Two British women have claimed they were duped into becoming the stars of a campaign to sabotage Barack Obama's healthcare reforms. Furious Kate Spall and Katie Brickell claim that their views on the NHS have been misrepresented by a free market campaign group opposed to Mr Obama's reforms in a bid to discredit the UK system.

Their anger came amid a growing backlash in the UK over the portrayal of the NHS by conservatives in America ...

JJ at unrepentant old hippie, wrote about how "Investors Business Daily" lied and then lied some more about Stephen Hawking and services available to UK patients also suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease from the NHS.

Mr Hawking himself defended the health system as he accepted America's highest honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this week, saying: 'I wouldn't be here if not for the NHS'. ...

Ms Spall and Ms Brickell both agreed to appear in a documentary on healthcare reform. But neither knew that the footage would be used as part of a TV advertising campaign carried on US networks. Although standing by her views, Ms Spall said she was horrified by how the CPR had used her words.

'What I said is what I believe, and I stand by it, but the context it has been used in is something I was not aware would happen,' she said. 'The irony is that I campaign for exactly the people that socialised healthcare supports. I would not align myself with this group at all.'

Ms Brickell ... said her words had been 'skewed out of proportion' by the CPR. 'My point was not that the NHS shouldn't exist or that it was a bad thing. I think that our health service is not perfect but to get better it needs more public money, not less. I didn't realise it was having such a political impact.'

Dr Karol Sikora, a British cancer specialist who has often spoken out against the NHS, said he had also fallen victim to the same technique. He told the Guardian: 'They came and saw me in my office about a month ago and I gather I am appearing in some advert. They didn't tell me that would happen.' ...

CPR was set up by Richard Scott, a multimillionaire who founded the Columbia Hospital Corporation.

here. Imagine that. "Conservatives for Patients' Rights" is funded by an organization actually working to conserve corporate rights in the provision of health care in the US.

Will Canadian Shona Holmes recant what she said and claim that she was also duped? Unlikely, as she would have to pay back the money that "Americans for Prosperity" probably gave her to sell out our public health care system.

1 comment:

Toe said...

Fakery! Reminds me of F-is for fake, by Orson Welles. Escalating & needs to be stopped.

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