Market Watch ran an interesting press release last Wednesday concerning Senator McCain's proposed idea of distributing health vouchers to American military veterans at private, for profit providers. This is a move viewed by many as the beginning of a dismantling process for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Via Market Watch:
This week, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) launched a nationwide radio ad campaign raising serious concerns about Senator McCain's commitment to veterans' health care. In addition to the radio ads, AFGE, which represents employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs, launched a Web site, www.fundtheva.com, and a series of YouTube ads featuring union veterans voicing their concerns about McCain's controversial veterans health care platform.The AFGE is not being bashful about their views. Not only that, but they are also being quite strategic in how they express them. Radio has a phenomenal reach, not having to concern itself with the digital divide it extends into houses, work sites, and the autos of commuters across the nation. YouTube also boasts an incredible reach, as has been proved repeatedly in the early months of campaigning this year. Between the two, the AFGE will be able to spread their message far and wide.
Here is an example of one of the YouTube ads:
Over the next several months we will be seeing an amazing array of reports, studies, propaganda, and spin concerning health care as the competition for President heats up prior to election day. Here on Health Care Reform Now! we will try to keep you abreast of developments as they happen.
SOURCE: "Union Representing VA Workers Launch Nationwide Radio Campaign, Web Site and Viral Videos for Full VA Funding" 07/09/08
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