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Ellie Light-Lite: Austin American-Statesman healthcare letter oddly similar to the San Francisco Chronicle

The Austin American-Statesman still hasn’t published anything at all about the Ellie Light and Robert Stephenson astroturfing scandal.

For a photo of Robert Stephenson, look at this, showing Stephenson under a photo of George W, Bush. Stephenson’s T-shirt reads: “TO FAIL TO IMPEACH IS TO CONDONE THEIR CRIMES.”

I’ve long suspected that many of the 2009 healthcare letters were astroturfed, with similar statements used. But this is going too far, I think:

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
What we need in reform
COMMENTS FROM READERS
Thursday, July 16, 2009
(…)
Jim Reed
Austin

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
10 lessons for national health care reform
Melissa A. Rodgers
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
(…)
Melissa A. Rodgers is the associate director of the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security at UC Berkeley School of Law and the former director of the Health Consumer Center at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. To download the center’s report, go to www.law.berkeley.edu/files/PrescriptionforSuccessJune2009.pdf.

AUSTIN TEXT:
President Barack Obama and Congress have made health care reform a priority for enactment this year.
SAN FRANCISCO TEXT:
President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress have made health care reform a priority for the first time in 15 years.

AUSTIN TEXT:
They recognize that the status quo is simply not sustainable and major changes are required.
SAN FRANCISCO TEXT:
The status quo is simply not a sustainable option.

AUSTIN TEXT:
This reform is needed, not only for the 47 million Americans without insurance, but for all Americans who want health care to be more secure and affordable in the future.
SAN FRANCISCO TEXT:
This is not just about the 47 million uninsured; almost half of the 84 percent of Americans who have insurance worry about their health care needs not being paid for.
(IT’S NOT 47 MILLION!–B.P.)

AUSTIN TEXT:
We must hold Congress accountable for passing a bill with a public option that Obama can sign.
SAN FRANCISCO TEXT:
President Obama must also hold Congress accountable for passing a bill he can sign, and hold interest groups accountable for supporting the final compromise – not just single issues.

AUSTIN TEXT:
This legislation is about families, employers, doctors and taxpayers who want an improved health care system that is affordable and sustainable.
SAN FRANCISCO TEXT:
Be clear that everyone – families, employers, doctors and taxpayers – deserves a health care system that is affordable.

SUMMARY:
There’s probably a lot more stuff like this out there!

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