GOP-leaning group airs ad making a false appeal to women's fears
Sep 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM
A conservative group with Republican ties called the Independent Women’s Forum is airing an ad that says "300,000 American women with breast cancer might have died" if our health care were "government run" like England’s, citing the American Cancer Society as a source for the figure. According to FactCheck.org, in fact, a spokesman for the cancer society’s advocacy arm says that figure is "not reliable" and adds: "[I]t’s not one that we have ever cited; it’s not one that we would ever cite." Furthermore, an epidemiologist with the cancer society told us that the way this figure was calculated was "really faulty."In addition: - The ad uses outdated survival rate statistics. More recent numbers show England’s survival rate to be closing the gap with that of the United States.