Friday, March 02, 2007

Who's a cry baby???

Liz Benjamin thinks the nurses are Trying To Give Spitzer Something To Cry About "SEIU/1199 and the Greater New York Hospital Association are responding to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s TV spot denouncing them as special interests and crybabies for opposing his Medicaid cuts with yet another ad of their own." There is a subtle class warfare thing going on in this ad. One of the nurses says: “We don’t get rich doing this,” which might serve to remind some viewers than the governor himself is independently wealthy and has not worked at job for which he received an hourly wage in quite some time. "Nurse 1: Let the governor walk in my shoes for a day, and then call me a crybaby" Check this new ad out...those nurses look like they want to give Spitzer a rectal........and speaking of rectals........Spitzer has a Healthcare Smackdown "Click here to read the PowerPoint presentation Gov. Eliot Spitzer delivered this morning at the Association for a Better New York breakfast.
GNYHA President Kenneth Rakse and SEIU/1199 consultant Jennifer Cunningham in the audience, but Spitzer did not pull his punches when it came to defending his healthcare reform plans.
Spitzer called their organizations “guardians of the status quo” (See P. 25), and providing a point-by-point deconstruction of the arguments they’ve made on their ”Stop the Cuts”
Web site and elsewhere." Spitzer then went on to note that GNYHA and 1199 have spent $22.5 million in campaign contributions since 1999 and $12.7 million on lobbying since 2003 - more than the teachers unions, public employees unions and trial lawyers combined. Their joint entity, the Healthcare Education Project, which is used to pay for ad campaigns, had some $65 million on hand at the start of the year.
The governor then accused the hospital association and healthcare union of “pretending” to protect patients, saying their “backroom deals” had actually benefited institutions and not the people they serve." Azi Paybarah gives us a couple of short video clips on the attack...counter attack......
Cunningham and Raske Respond and Eliot Spitzer explaining how health care money ought to be spent. .....................andy

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