It looks like the health insurance industry is doing its best to derail health care reform legislation moving through Congress. First they released a deeply flawed report on the eve of an important Senate vote on legislation that’s likely to eat into their profit margin. Now the Huffington Post reports the industry has launched a stealth ad campaign aimed at frightening older adults:
In a late-effort push to alter or torpedo health care reform, the major lobby for private insurers has made a multi-state, million-dollar ad purchase claiming that seniors will see their care cut under Democrat-crafted legislation.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which released a highly critical (and widely criticized) report slamming the Senate Finance Committee’s reform proposal, has quietly put out a new spot claiming that millions of seniors will see their Medicare slashed by Congress.
Once again, powerful interest groups are seeking to influence policy by playing on the fears of older adults.