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Rick Scott's Group Unveils "Death Star" Strategy For Public Option

11/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Conservatives for Patients Rights, the well-funded anti-reform group run by controversial former hospital exec Rick Scott, is spending nearly half a million bucks on a new ad training all its firepower on a single legislative agenda item: Jay Rockefeller's amendment inserting a public option into the Senate Finance Committee bill.

The group tells me the ad represents their "death star" strategy for the public option. CPR believes the defeat of Rockefeller's amendment -- widely hailed on the left -- will kill the public option for good, because if it's defeated in committee it won't be revived later. A CPR official sends over the spot, which will run nationally for a week on CNN and Fox:

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