[Oshkosh, WI] Oshkosh manufacturer and U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson’s campaign launched a new television ad titled “Listening,” and a radio ad “Not This Time.” The ads, which will run on television and radio statewide, focus on the Democrats’ health care legislation and Senator Feingold’s deciding vote in favor of the legislation.
“When a majority of Wisconsinites opposed the Democrats’ health care bill and asked Senator Feingold to oppose it, he refused to listen and instead toed the party line to cast the deciding vote,” Ron Johnson for Senate Campaign Manager Juston Johnson said. “As a result of Senator Feingold’s vote, our nation is now faced with higher taxes, rising debt and increased premiums. Perhaps Senator Feingold will finally hear voters when they go to the polls this November.”
Watch the TV ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbIUW0qFCNM
Listen to the Radio ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uchKKe31-yc
DISC: I’m Ron Johnson. I approved this message.
ANNCR: A majority of Wisconsinites opposed the government takeover of health care.
But Russ Feingold voted for it anyway.
Feingold had a choice to make. The official Congressional Record shows Feingold toed the party line, instead of listening to us.
Higher taxes. Higher insurance rates. Lower quality.
And the health care takeover bill cut five hundred billion dollars from Medicare.
Feingold put Washington ahead of Wisconsin.
“Not This Time”
Woman 1: So…I read something disturbing the other day….
Woman 2: Oh no, you been reading the newspapers again?
Woman 1: Yep. Remember that health care bill they passed this year?
Woman 2: Uggh. I sure do. I still can’t believe Russ Feingold voted for it.
Woman 1: Well, get this…some insurance companies are now raising their rates because of it.
Woman 2: Excuse me, I thought Feingold said the health care bill was going to reduce costs?
Woman 1: Riiight! A new government program that saves money….never happens.
Woman 2: Let me get this straight…not only does the health care bill cost a Trillion dollars, it also leads to our health insurance rates going up?
Woman 1: That’s right.
Woman 2: I’ve had it with these politicians not listening.
Woman 1: Well, Feingold knew that most Wisconsinites opposed the government takeover of health care.
Woman 2: Yep, but he voted for it anyway. Feingold went along with the party line.
Woman 1: I voted for Feingold in the past….not this time.
RON: I’m Ron Johnson, running for Senate, and I approve this message.
ANNCR: Paid for by Ron Johnson for Senate
TV Ad: “Listening”
|RON: “I’m Ron Johnson. I approved this message.”
|ANNR: A majority of Wisconsinites opposed the Obama takeover of health care.
||By a margin of 55 to 37, Wisconsinites Opposed the Obama Health Care Plan in March 2010. (Source, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, “The March 2010 WPRI Poll of Public Opinion,”http://www.wpri.org/polls/March2010/March2010Poll.html, March 2010)
|But Russ Feingold voted for it anyway. Feingold had a choice to make. The official Congressional Record shows Feingold toed the party line, instead of listening to us.
||Feingold Voted to Pass the House Reconciliation Bill to the Obama-Reid Health Care Bill. (H.R. 4872, 2010 Roll Call #105, Passed 56-43, 3/25/2010, Feingold Voted Yea)
Feingold provided the 60th Vote to Pass the Senate Version of the Obama-Reid Health Care Bill. (H.R. 3590, 2009 Roll Call #306: Passed 60-39, 12/24/2009, Feingold Voted Yea)
||An Excise Tax Is Imposed on Most Employment-based Insurance Policies. “The legislation would impose an excise tax on employment-based policies whose total premiums (including the amounts paid by both the employer and the employee) exceeded a specified threshold.” (Source, Douglas W. Elmendorf, “Letter to the Honorable Evan Bayh,” Congressional Budget Office, http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/107xx/doc10781/11-30-Premiums.pdf, November 30, 2009)
In order to pay for the provisions of the health care bill, Congress increased the tax on dividends from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. “The top tax rates on qualified dividends are scheduled to jump from 15 percent to 39.6 percent on January 1, 2011.” (Source, Conn Carroll, “Morning Bell: The Obamacare and Obama Tax Hike Double Whammy on Seniors,”http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/15/morning-bell-the-obamacare-and-obama-tax-hike-double-whammy-on-seniors/, The Heritage Foundation, September 15, 2010)
|Higher insurance rates.
||The Congressional Budget Office Sees Insurance Premiums Will Increase 27 to 30 Percent. “Average premiums would be 27 to 30 percent higher because a greater amount of coverage would be obtained.” (Source, Douglas W. Elmendorf, “Letter to the Honorable Evan Bayh,” Congressional Budget Office, http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/107xx/doc10781/11-30-Premiums.pdf, November 30, 2009)
Health Insurers Blame 1 to 9 Percent of Rate Increases on the Health Care Bill. “In Wisconsin and North Carolina, Celtic Insurance Co. says half of the 18% increase it is seeking comes from complying with health-law mandates.” (Source, Janet Adamy, “Health Insurers Plan Hikes,” Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2010)
An Analysis from the Medicare Actuary’s Office Sees the Health Care Bill Will Increase Health Care Spending by 2020. “The nation’s health care tab will go up — not down — as a result of President Barack Obama’s sweeping overhaul.” (Source, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, “Government: Spending to Rise Under Health Care Overhaul,” Associated Press, September 9, 2010)
“You can’t expand coverage by 32 million Americans and figure that will hold costs down. The Democrats sold health care to Americans with a lot of fuzzy accounting and shaky assertions about how relatively inexpensive all this would be,” (Source, Editorial, “Lower Costs? Forget it,” Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2010)
||Obamacare Will Create New Government Bureaucracies Which Will Reduce Consumer Freedom, Choice, and Quality. “The Administration will create mountains of regulations that will govern these activities. Health care will be politicized and made more cumbersome. The flexibility of providers and patients will be greatly reduced and creativity sup pressed. Individual choice will be subordinated to decisions made by central authority. The regulations issued by the government will be grist for private litigation against providers and insurers. PPACA sets in motion dynamics that will increase the cost of health care, reduce its flexibility, and ultimately prove anathema to the kind of health care that Americans want.” (Source, John S. Hoff, “Implementing Obamacare: A New Exercise in Old-Fashioned Central Planning,” http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Implementing-Obamacare-A-New-Exercise-in-Old-Fashioned-Central-Planning, The Heritage Foundation, September 10, 2010)
MassCare, the Prototype of Obamacare, Has Increased Wait Times for Specialists. “Boston, a city in a state that recently expanded access to healthcare coverage, shows the longest average times to schedule an appointment. These long wait times serve as a sign of what could occur nationally if access to healthcare is made more generally available through healthcare reform.” (Source, Merritt Hawkins & Associates, “2009 Survey of Physicians Appointment Wait Times,http://www.merritthawkins.com/pdf/mha2009waittimesurvey.pdf, 2009)
The Health Care Bill will force Millions of low-income Americans into Medicaid, a program many doctors do not openly participate in. “Millions will be dumped into Medicaid, reducing consumer choices, reducing competition for consumer dollars and lowering quality. “In order to cover low-income uninsured citizens, Obamacare expands eligibility for Medicaid to include all Americans that fall under 133 percent of the federal poverty level. However, Medicaid is a low-performing, low-quality federal program that fails to meet the needs of its beneficiaries. For example, Medicaid’s failure to cover the cost to providers of seeing Medicaid patients has greatly reduced the number of doctors who will see Medicaid patients.” (Source, Kathryn Nix, “Obamacare: Impact on the Uninsured,”http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/04/ObamaCare-Impact-on-the-Uninsured, The Heritage Foundation, April 20, 2010)
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Believe the Health Care Bill Will Certainly Effect Quality of Patient Care. “Starting on Oct. 1, 2012, Medicare payments for hospitals with high readmission rates for certain conditions, including heart failure, will be reduced. This means Obamacare may actually punish hospitals and physicians for providing better quality care. As Dr. Eiran Z. Gorodeski of the Cleveland Clinic put it, ‘I think that the message to patients and the general public is that they should be wary of seemingly simple measures of quality of care.’” (Source, Kathryn Nix, “Side Effects: Obamacare Could Punish Docs for Better Quality Care,http://blog.heritage.org/2010/07/16/side-effects-obamacare-could-punish-docs-for-better-quality-care/, The Heritage Foundation, July 16, 2010)
Senators Coburn (OK) and Barrasso (WY) – The Only Medical Doctors in the Senate – Issued a “100-Day Out” Report on Obamacare And Its Impact. “Nearly half of physicians in the same poll said government health programs, including Medicaid, are ineffective or very ineffective at responding to the individual needs of patients and empowering physicians and providers to provide quality care. About two-thirds of physicians said increased federal control over health care would decrease their ability to provide high quality care to patients.” (Source, Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John Barrasso, M.D., “Bad Medicine: A Check-Up on the New Federal Health Law,” http://coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=722faf8b-a5be-40fd-a52b-9a98826c1592, July 2010)
|And the health care takeover bill cut five hundred billion dollars from Medicare.
||The Health Care Bill Will Cut Over $500 Billion from Medicare Over the Next Decade. “And it would slice an additional $60 billion from Medicare, with the privately run program known as Medicare Advantage targeted for particularly deep cuts, bringing the total reduction in projected spending on the program to more than $500 billion over the next decade.” (Source, Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, “House leaders announce $940 billion health-care compromise bill,” The Washington Post, March 19, 2010)
“The Bill Also Includes $500 Billion In Medicare Cuts Over The Next Decade.” (Jill Jackson and John Nolen, “Health Care Reform Bill Summary: A Look At What’s in the Bill,” CBSNews.com, 3/21/10)
|Feingold put Washington ahead of Wisconsin.