The Washington Times - August 7, 2009, 08:08AM

Seniors have done enough for their country, so don’t mess with their doctors and end-of-life care is the crux of a new ad from the 60 Plus Association.

60 Plus, the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons, will begin airing a national ad on cable networks Friday evening that applauds seniors for surviving the Great Depression and World War II and warns Congress against making cuts to Medicare to pay for health care reform.

“Congress plans to pay for health care reform by cutting $500 billion from Medicare,” the narrator in the ad cautions. “For seniors that will mean long waits for care, cuts to MRI’s, CAT scans and other vital tests. Seniors may lose their own doctors. The government, not doctors will decide if older patients are worth the costs.”

The group is spending $1.6 million to put the spot.

The ad strikes upon a split that has emerged between older and younger Americans over health care reform, as shown in a new poll conducted by CNN. “Obama’s plan is most popular among younger Americans and least popular among senior citizens,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said in a report for “A majority of Americans over the age of 50 oppose Obama’s plan; a majority of those under 50 support it.”

“Most people on Medicare and Medicaid also don’t think that the Obama plan will help them,” Holland said.