The health insurance companies are the real "death panels," according to Americans United for Change's new TV advertisement, which will hit national and D.C. cable next week. "Conservative politicians and pundits will do anything to keep the 'death panels' fantasy alive and well as part of an unscrupulous and concerted effort to kill health insurance reform," Jeremy Funk, press secretary for Americans United for Change, tells Whispers in an E-mail. "But where's the hysteria from these same conservatives over the real death panels that exist right now in America with the big insurance companies denying millions of Americans the care they need by citing 'pre-exisiting' conditions?"
The ad shows congressional testimony from Dr. Linda Peeno, a former medical director at Humana Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield, in which she confesses denying a man a necessary lifesaving operation. He died. If the footage looks familiar, it was also used in Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko.
Here's the ad: