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March 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET

Republicans Celebrate The Affordable Care Act's One-Year Anniversary By Reviving Old Lies

This morning on Fox News, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) declared that President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act "keep saying things that aren't true" about the law, while Republicans continue to "put the facts out and our facts are backed up by the authorities." Of course, Hatch has it exactly backwards, which was evident today as Republicans commemorated the health care law's one-year anniversary by repeating worn out lies about a "government takeover" that will destroy jobs, cut Medicare benefits, increase the deficit, and raise premiums. Let's examine the real facts about the Affordable Care Act.

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February 28, 2011 4:49 pm ET

GOP Governors Seek Medicaid Block Grants That Would Destroy Jobs, Undermine Health Care Reform

Coming out of the National Governors Association meeting this weekend, several Republican governors have a new talking point — they want federal block grants to fund Medicaid. Governors like Rick Scott (R-FL), Scott Walker (R-WI) and Haley Barbour (R-MS) are touting block grants — capped allotments of money — as the solution to the lack of flexibility in their state Medicaid programs. However, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that the increased flexibility would come with financial risks and costs to the states, as well as cuts to Medicaid eligibility and benefits. Additionally, providing states with block grants for Medicaid would fundamentally change how the program is funded and would ultimately undermine the Affordable Care Act.

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February 04, 2011 10:29 am ET

Florida, Inc.: Gov. Rick Scott's First Month As The Sunshine State's CEO

One month into his term as Florida's governor, Republican Rick Scott is making good on his campaign threat to run Florida like one of his businesses. The former health care executive, who left Columbia/HCA amidst the largest case of Medicare fraud in history, has set out to place himself in a position more akin to a corporate tycoon than a public servant by making grabs at additional power and restricting press access. He's also putting the "business" of Florida above the common good with troubling moves on the environment, transportation and health care. Yet there's no promise that Scott is even running a particularly tight Floridian ship. He's made a number of worrisome hires, and there are hints that his budget plan, to be released Monday, may include untenable tax cuts. Moreover, Scott's right-wing views on immigration and LGBT issues should cause many of Florida's residents concern.

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October 22, 2010 1:57 pm ET

Rick Scott Wants To Cut Florida's Welfare Costs By Spending More On Welfare

Gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott wants Florida to become the only state in the nation to spend tax dollars on drug tests for welfare recipients in an attempt to save money on welfare. Unfortunately for Scott, 49 states have already rejected this idea as fiscally irresponsible and impractical — four have even found it unconstitutional. So much for Scott's plan to slash welfare spending, which has not only been widely rejected, but would also threaten Florida's most vulnerable residents: children.

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October 21, 2010 12:38 pm ET

Rick Scott Would Run Florida Like One Of His Fraudulent Businesses

During the October 20th Florida gubernatorial debate, Rick Scott made it clear that he wants to run Florida like a business.  He wants to make drastic cuts, set firm benchmarks, create an outcome-based environment for work, and even base teacher salary on student performance.  However, during Scott's tenure as head of Columbia/HCA, these practices proved inefficient and destructive.  His aggressive cost-cutting tactics meant community hospitals were closed and Medicare reports were "knowingly" falsified to bring in more in Medicare reimbursements.  Furthermore, when the government investigated problems with the company, Scott was combative and disrespectful to the individuals tasked with protecting Americans from the ruthless business practices Scott utilized in his company.

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January 26, 2010 4:56 pm ET

Based On New Ad, It's Clear Conservatives For Patients Rights Needs To Go Back To School

Picking up on the latest conservative talking point, Conservatives for Patients Rights has jumped on the Scott Brown-win-is-a-referendum-against-health-care-reform bandwagon.  Their newest ad, "Learn Their Lesson," is full of the usual false insinuations - just made more colorful this time with the inclusion of a misinterpretation of poll results.

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November 30, 2009 3:13 pm ET

Rick Scott Is Back, So Are His Moldy Talking Points

Conservatives for Patients Rights is back with a new anti-health care reform commercial.  While the group has been keeping a fairly low profile of late, this new ad - and accompanying blog post - proves that CPR didn't spend its down time formulating new talking points.

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September 04, 2009 10:58 am ET

Conservatives For Patients Rights' "No Promises" Ad Should Be Called "No Truth"

Conservatives for Patients Rights has announced the September 8, 2009 launch date of a new ad, titled "No Promises."  Its title should be "No Truth" because there is no factual information included in the spot.

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August 21, 2009 1:47 pm ET

CPR's "Surf's Up" Ad Has Pretty Pictures, But Not Much Else

On August 21, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released a new ad targeting President Obama while he is on vacation.  Keeping with their tradition of creating ads that are factually inaccurate, CPR presents misleading and incorrect information in this new ad.

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July 22, 2009 2:29 pm ET

New CPR Ad Squeezes The Facts Out Of Its Ad

On July 22, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released two versions of an ad titled "Squeeze." In the ad, CPR neglects to include any reputable sources or facts to back up its claim that additional government intervention in health care would harm Americans.

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July 15, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Rick Scott: Fear-Mongering Gone Wild

On July 15, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights founder Rick Scott wrote a column for the right-wing website HumanEvents.com.  In his column, titled "Liberals Gone Wild: Pelosi and Reid Hit Health Care Panic Button," all Rick Scott does is prove that he has a good grasp on what it means to fear monger with his use of words like "panic," "desperation," "ramrod,"  and "trample."

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July 10, 2009 10:59 am ET

Rick Scott Fumbles Health Care Op-Ed

On July 10, 2009, Real Clear Politics posted an op-ed written by Conservatives for Patients Rights' founder Rick Scott.  He is evidently still under the impression that his fraudulent past and his current retail-based venture that profits off the under- and uninsured makes him a health care expert.  To get his misleading point across, Scott uses the awkward analogy of a football field to inaccurately paint a picture of the current health care reform debate.

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June 25, 2009 5:05 pm ET

CPR's "Doctor's Office" Could Make You Sick

On June 25, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released a new ad titled "Doctor's Office." The ad is meant to run both nationally and in 14 targeted states through the July 4th Congressional recess.  Like the "Hammer" ad released at the same time, "Doctor's Office" is full of misleading statements.

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June 25, 2009 4:37 pm ET

CPR "Hammer" Ad Fails To Hit The Nail On The Head

On June 25, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights debuted a new ad titled "Hammer" that will run both nationally and in 14 targeted states through the July 4th recess. Evidently out of ideas, CPR repeats overly used (and refuted) talking points on health care.

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June 25, 2009 2:36 pm ET

CPR Letter Illustrates Disconnect With The American People

In an email blast on June 24, 2009, Rick Scott of Conservatives for Patients Rights sent a letter regarding President Obama's appearance on ABC to discuss health care.  The letter displays CPR's disconnect with the American people, the facts, and reality.

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June 16, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Rick Scott's Ad Is The Real Joke

On June 16, 2009, Rick Scott and his group, Conservatives for Patients Rights, released a new ad titled "Old Joke."  The only joke in the ad is how few facts are included in the 32-second spot.

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June 04, 2009 12:39 pm ET

CPR's New Ad Bulldozes The Truth

On June 4, 2009, Rick Scott's group Conservatives for Patients Rights posted a new ad titled "Bulldozer."  The ad portrays the government as a bulldozer, crushing Americans' health care choices.  But of course, since it is CPR, the ad is full of distortions and false statements.

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June 03, 2009 3:28 pm ET

Misleading Tweet Alert: Conservatives For Patients Rights Reveals Only Partial Poll Findings

On June 3, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) posted a completely misleading tweet.  CPR cited only partial findings from a poll that is over a month old as "proof" that Americans don't want the government involved in health care reform.  However, more recent polling totally contradicts their claim.

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May 31, 2009 3:39 pm ET

Rick Scott Spouts Need For "Pillars" Of Reform That Align Closely With President Obama's Guidelines

The May 31, 2009 airing of Conservatives for Patients Rights' infomercial on the pitfalls of a single-payer health system (never mind that President Obama does not want a single-payer plan) included CPR founder Rick Scott's "pillars for health care reform."  Because Scott's pillars closely follow President Obama's reform guidelines, it is somewhat confusing as to why Scott is against the President's goals.

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May 31, 2009 3:33 pm ET

CPR Infomercial Conveniently Omits Rick Scott's History Of Fraud And Deceit

On May 31, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights bought thirty minutes of Beltway airtime after NBC's Meet the Press in order to present an infomercial full of spin, half-truths, and fear mongering.

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May 31, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Conservatives For Patients Rights Featured Doctor Who Agrees With President Obama

In its anti-health care reform infomercial, Conservatives for Patients Rights featured Canadian doctor Brian Day.  During his interview, Dr. Day appeared to agree with President Obama's vision for health care reform.

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May 12, 2009 12:46 pm ET

Rick Scott Profitably Aided Oppressive Regimes

Disgraced Columbia/HCA executive Richard L. "Rick" Scott has been in the media lately for spearheading Conservatives for Patients Rights, an organization adamantly opposed to health care reform.  In addition to the fraudulent practices of his former empire, Scott serves on the boards of two companies that helped the Saudi Arabian and Iranian regimes suppress their citizens by censoring access to the Internet.

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May 12, 2009 11:05 am ET

Richard L. Scott: Trials And Tribulations At Columbia/HCA

After building Columbia/HCA into a health care megapower, Richard L. Scott was ejected amid a federal investigation.  While Scott was never accused of a crime, Columbia/HCA admitted to "systematically overcharging the government" and increasing "Medicare billings by exaggerating" illnesses.

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May 12, 2009 10:59 am ET

Richard L. Scott: Post Columbia/HCA

In addition to his adventures in health care reform and Medicare fraud, Richard L. Scott has a varied professional resume.

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April 28, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Richard L. Scott: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Richard L. Scott and his new organization, Conservatives for Patients Rights, have recently received a large amount of media attention.  What is getting less attention is his professional record.  The Columbia/HCA hospital system that he built was investigated for Medicare fraud - an investigation that turned up documents "stamped with warnings that they should not be disclosed to Medicare auditors."  His participation in defrauding America's Medicare system and hurting the millions of Americans who benefit from the program is only a small piece of the complex puzzle that is the man who is leading the charge against a progressive health care reform movement.

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April 27, 2009 1:13 pm ET

CPR Ad Features Doctor Who Supported Government-Run Cancer Center

On April 27, 2009, Rick Scott and Conservatives for Patients' Rights posted an ad featuring Dr. Karol Sikora discussing "what happens to patients once the government takes over."  However, Rick Scott left out Dr. Sikora's support of a national cancer center to develop treatments and "raise standards of care" in the United Kingdom.

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April 27, 2009 12:57 pm ET

Conservatives For Patients' Rights' Ad Features Doctor Who Favors Universal Health Care

An ad released by Conservatives for Patients' Rights on April 27, 2009, featured Dr. Brian Day, a Canadian surgeon, discussing the negative effects of a universal health care system.  The ad conveniently left out the fact that Dr. Day is a supporter of universal health care; he merely opposes the funding model currently used in Canada.

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April 27, 2009 11:25 am ET

Rick Scott and CPR: "Not So Innocent," And Just Plain Wrong

On April 27, 2009, Richard L. Scott's group, Conservatives for Patients Rights, released an ad titled "Not So Innocent."  In the ad, Scott uses misleading information about a newly formed council and its possible effect upon the health care of Americans.

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April 24, 2009 10:59 am ET

When Cooking The Books, Rick Scott Only Likes His Own Recipe

On the evening of April 23, 2009, The Hill posted a letter written by Rick Scott regarding health care reform titled "Healthcare reform in reality is dreadful 'stealthcare' plan."  Evidently, Rick Scott is under the impression that his executive experience as leader of a hospital company that paid billions to settle a government fraud investigation makes him an expert on the future of the health care industry.

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April 21, 2009 12:13 pm ET

Rick Scott: Fighting For Health Reform Without A Clue

On April 21, 2009, the Politico interviewed Conservatives for Patients' Rights' founder Rick Scott.    Secretly funded by big business, "Conservatives for Patients' Rights" is intent on preserving the insurance industry's ability to hold Americans hostage.  As a former health care CEO, Rick Scott demonstrates that the conservative movement's opposition to health care reform is out of touch with the needs and desires of everyday American patients.

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