People Just Like You, Except We're Made of AstroTurf

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Abby Zimet

Already dubbed "a professional AstroTurf machine" for concocting a host of faux grassroots movements – Tea Parties, 'Drill Baby Drill' rallies, Joe the Plumber tours – the corporate-funded Americans for Prosperity is launching a new, grossly distorted ad campaign against Obama's health care reform proposals. The ads for Patients United Now say, basically, we'll all die from health reform.

"We are people just like you," intones one ad. "We went to D.C. with questions about 'reform'...But what we found SHOCKED us: Radical solutions. Discussions behind closed doors. Patients like us NOT included, just big companies, lobbyists, unions and politicans."

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