Here’s the ad that ABC and NBC have decided not to broadcast nationally:
Yeesh. Smart move. This ad is beyond help. Seriously, if you’re gonna make an ad that tries to discredit something, at least use some credible sources…
Evidence A: “Medicare as we know it will no longer exist.” The ad cites Heritage.org for the quote. It’s important to know that the Heritage Foundation gets a nice chunk of change from pharmaceutical, chemical and medical companies.
Evidence B: “Explicitly limiting patient access to treatments.” The quote comes from this opinion article published in the WSJ. I’ll be honest, I have no idea who the author is… is she really a credible source?
Evidence C: “Government health plans always ration care.” This quote can also be found in the opinion section of the WSJ. The author of this piece is businessman, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Apparently, Dr. Gottlieb is also a practicing physician, but I just don’t see how he has time for medicine while he’s playing house with so many drug and medical companies. Here are just a few of Dr. Gottlieb’s conflicts of interest (scroll down just a bit to the article, “Did the New England Journal of Medicine Really Commit “Journalistic Malpractice”? And Who Says So?”).
Wow. If I ever cited an opinion article from the WSJ in my academic work, most of my profs would knock me down a full letter grade. Don’t get me wrong, citizen voices are extremely important, but they shouldn’t be positioned in a TV commercial as if they are scientific facts.
What do you think? Is this ad credible? Further, do you think this ad would influence the beliefs of viewers?