Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a group bankrolled by Richard Scott and promoted by CRC Public Relations, is going beyond its "ominous ads warning that President Barack Obama will institute government-run healthcare." It's produced "a 30-minute documentary-style video featuring patients from the United Kingdom and Canada recounting horror stories at the hands of their country's government health care systems." The video is running on cable networks and will air "immediately after NBC's Sunday talk show 'Meet the Press' May 31," just as Congress returns from break. "The spot is part of a planned $20 million ad campaign," reports the Wall Street Journal. Another group, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, is spending $1.7 million on a similar ad campaign. In the Americans for Prosperity spots, a Canadian woman says, "As my brain tumor got worse, my government health-care system told me I had to wait six months to see a specialist." The group plans to run its ads in eight states "seen as influential in the health-care debate" -- Montana, Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Indiana, Alaska and Nebraska -- and hold rallies "in Virginia and elsewhere."
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