Monday, August 21, 2006

Chamber of Commerce Exposed

So have you seen the Chamber of Commerce's puff piece ad for Nancy Johnson? You know, the one that looks like it was made in 1980 on a $20 budget...yeah that's the one. Not only is it poorly made, but the ad campaign has been exposed across the country to contain blatant lies and misrepresentations. The Chamber of Commerce has spent $10 million to run ads across the country for predominantly Republican candidates who supported the incompetent Medicare Part D prescription drug bill which prohibits the federal government from negotiating lower drug prices for seniors. As the drug industry's favorite congresswoman and creator of the prescription drug bill, Nancy Johnson is one of the legislators featured in the ads. The ads were so dishonest that four of the twenty made had to be taken off of the air because they contained outright lies. The inaccuracies included claims that several legislators voted for the bill despite the fact that they were not members of Congress when it was passed. As a result of these ads, the Chamber of Commerce has lost any credibility that it had. They have revealed themselves to be nothing more than a partisan organization looking to elect Republicans who are at the drug companies command. It should come as no surprise that Nancy Johnson is at the top of the list of legislators the drug companies are looking out for. Johnson's record indicates that she is more concerned about securing profits for drug companies than looking out for Connecticut seniors. The Murphy campaign issued a press release denouncing the Chamber's ads which included the following excerpts:

Murphy on the Chamber:
The Chamber's effort has lost credibility across the country. Let'’s be clear about the membership of the Chamber - this ad campaign is nothing more than the drug companies helping out their favorite legislator, Nancy Johnson.
Murphy on Johnson's role:
People in the Fifth District sent Nancy Johnson to Washington to represent them, not the special interests the Medicare Part D law was written for. The goal of Part D is important - providing prescription drug coverage for our seniors and other Medicare recipients. But Johnson and the Republican Congress missed an opportunity to do what is right for seniors, and instead, wrote the law to benefit drug companies. They accomplished this by keeping prices high by prohibiting price negotiation and creating a profit-making machine for private companies that administer the 44 different plans
On the drug industry's love for Johnson:
Johnson ranks first in the House of Representatives for career campaign contributions from the health industry, raking in more than $3.4 million. So far in the 2006 election cycle, she has received almost $800,000 from the health industry.
On Johnson's Doughnut Hole Creation:
The ad uses the costly and confusing Medicare Part D law as cause to celebrate incumbent Nancy Johnson; meanwhile, seniors across Connecticut are hitting the "“doughnut hole"” and being forced to pay out-of-pocket for costly prescription drug expenses. The "“doughnut hole" is the gap in drug coverage seniors experience after they and their insurance company have spent $2,250 on medications. The coverage does not resume until they have spent a total of $5100. Many seniors are hitting this gap much sooner than they anticipated.

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