Email Insights: Elder Care Advocacy of Florida attempts to frighten voters with cancer, death

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Charlie Crist is “just out of touch” with voters, when it comes to Medicare Advantage.

So says the current “media statement” email from Elder Care Advocacy of Florida head Austin R. Curry — calling the former governor’s claims that there would be no cuts to the popular program “fear tactics.”

But who is trying to scare whom?

Politicians not aware of the plight of “needy, frail, and most vulnerable elders” are also not worthy to represent the parents who took care of us, and now need assistance in their final days.

It is a fact Curry says Crist should “fear.”

Medicare cuts are already taking place, Curry says, citing a Tampa Bay Times story of a “popular Hillsborough doctor” who was cut from the Medicare HMO, with hundreds of patients on the plan.

Sure sounds frightening.

Curry also mentions United Healthcare—the AARP insurance arm— that dropped thousands of doctors and hospitals, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, responsible for “groundbreaking cancer” research.

Cancer? Now THAT’S terrifying!

Medicare “continues to come in under budget every year,” he says, giving Florida’s seniors a “better quality of life.”

Here’s the kicker — cuts in Medicare will COST LIVES.

That’s right; Curry is linking a vote for Charlie Crist to the death of seniors.

Emails like this — connecting some vague dots to strike fear into voters, especially older voters — are what are most appalling.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.