WASHINGTON (CNN) – A major player in the health care ad wars is back in the game after a recent suspension of its campaign in the wake of Sen. Ted Kennedy's death.
Conservatives for Patient's Rights will start airing "No Promises" next Tuesday as the congressional August recess ends, one day before President Obama is set to address Congress about health care.
The 30-second ad focuses on the public health insurance option, which has become a lightning rod in the debate over overhauling the nation's health care system. "Tell President Obama to drop his government-run public option plan," the end of the ad says.
Democratic proposals to make a public health insurance plan available to uninsured Americans have come under increasing attack by Republicans during the August recess. The White House is also under pressure from liberal advocacy groups to continue to push for inclusion of the public option in the final version of health care reform legislation.
The conservative group suspended its multi-million dollar ad campaign the day after Sen. Kennedy died at age 77 from brain cancer.
"[N]ow is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance," Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights, said in an August 26 statement announcing the temporary halt to health care ads. "Senator Kennedy's lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations. His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents. His voice and presence will be missed."
CPR's new ad will air on CNN and Fox News and is supported by $600,000 in ad dollars, the group said Thursday.