Insurance Companies Are Spending Millions on Attack Ads Against Medicare for All

Healthcare corporations are spending millions of dollars on astroturfed attack ads against Medicare for All. The Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future, for example, a coalition of hospitals and insurance companies, has spent $1 million on a television campaign against changes to the current healthcare system they profit from.

The commercial presents the Partnership as a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, rather than that corporate front group exposed by The Intercept that it is. It features a range of actors of different races, ages and occupations expressing their concern over Medicare for All. “We come from different walks of life but we agree on one important thing: we don’t want to be forced into a one size fits all government insurance system” the commercial states, without telling the viewer that “we” does not refer to human beings, but an amalgamation of corporations. It warns that any changes to the system would result in “higher taxes or higher premiums” and “lower quality care” and features one actor scoffing over the idea of “politicians and bureaucrats in charge of our healthcare.”40 percent of the money spent on the campaign has been injected into Iowa, a key state in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Another group, led by Republican strategist Steven Law, has spent almost $6 million, including around $650,000 in Iowa, on television ads opposing a nationalized healthcare plan and warning viewers that any changes would mean waiting times for doctors would increase.

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