Fake GOP Panel Recruits Docs in Health Reform Battle

Fraudulent 'Physicians' Council' uses names without permission
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 7:07 AM CDT
Doctors at a meeting in Richmond. A so-called 'Physicians' Concil for Responsible Reform' propagated by the Republican Party turns out not to exist.   (©Waldo Jaquith)

(Newser) – Republican members of Congress have been touting a "Physicians' Council for Responsible Reform," which supposedly consists of 100-odd doctors working with the GOP leadership in the fight against Obamacare. In fact, writes Timothy Noah for Slate, the council doesn't exist; it's a PR exercise, not to mention a hustle to get rich doctors to donate to the party. Many of the physicians listed on a draft press release hadn't even been contacted.

A friend of Noah's received the proposed press release, with his name included as a "concerned doctor," even though he had no political inclination to join. The phone number on the release led not to the Georgia congressman headlining the effort, but a call center pretending to be the Physician's Council. And several of the contacts listed on the press material seem not to exist at all.
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