After Tom's incredibly courageous decision to vote for health care reform last Saturday night, we knew it was only a matter of time before the status quo crowd came after him. First was a parade of Americans for Prosperity astroturfers showing up at his district offices, and now comes an ad campaign from the 60 Plus association targeting Dems across the country who voted for reform. Below is the version running in North Dakota that targets Rep. Earl Pomeroy:
Never mind that the money being cut from Medicare (a government-run health plan that many of last summer's town hall attendees apparently didn't want to part with) comes from eliminating corporate subsidies--aka welfare for insurance companies--and attempts to close the "donut hole" in Medicare Part D. Never mind that this bill actually tries to improve the quality of Medicare while cutting government waste. I thought conservatives liked the thought of making government more efficient. I guess fiscal concerns don't apply when insurance industry handouts are at stake.
Fun fact: these ads which are about to launch come from the same folks that brought you the racially-tinged Willie Horton ad back in 1988. Not only that, but the 60 Plus Association also backed Bush's scheme to privatize Social Security. Of course, that plan would have subjected retirement accounts to the whims, er, wisdom of the stock market. That would've just been so peachy for anyone retiring in the last two years or so. It's enough to make you wonder who really has the interests of our seniors at heart and who is merely banging an ideological drum.