October 21st, 2009
02:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Public option gets support from Hollywood actress

A new ad released Wednesday by MoveOn.org features Graham representing the public option.

A new ad released Wednesday by MoveOn.org features Graham representing the public option.

(CNN) - Supporters of a public health care option are getting a helping hand from Austin Powers actress Heather Graham.

A new ad released Wednesday by MoveOn.org features Graham representing the public option in a foot race towards the finish line against big insurance companies CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health and Humana.

"Insurance companies have gotten lazy, bloated from the profits of raising our health care costs sky high while the health care crisis keeps getting worse," the announcer says in a 30-second version of the spot, which will air on national and cable television. A 60-second version of the ad is set to air on the Web.

The ad targeting insurers comes amid a new push by liberal groups against the industry. The fresh pressure follows the release last week of a report, funded by the industry's lobbying group and heavily criticized by Democrats, that suggested the president's health care plan would do little to stem surging insurance premiums.

Moveon.org is not releasing the size of the ad buy.

Filed under: Health care • moveon.org
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Carole

    The Majority wants a Public Option.........what is so hard about this?

    I think that senators like Senator Landrieu should just switch parties and be done with it.

    October 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Bet the insurance companies earn a lower return on thier investment than MOVEON.ORG's funding source, George Soros.

    October 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. seebofubar

    Well...now I've totally changed my mind. Who cares what some hollywood bimbo says? Maybe we should ask Pee Wee Herman.

    October 21, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Jay T.

    Sure, Libbies (that's what I'm calling girlie Liberals now)! You think by putting some hot chick in front of us you can win in politics. We've already tried that with our VP candidate last year and it didn't work. WAKE UP PEOPLE! And, Learn a lesson from our collective histories.

    Health Reform= 10th Century Feudal present-day Italy

    October 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Insurance lobbyists have so much in common with Judas Iscariot!! both can sell you for a penny!!

    October 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. John

    .......you lost me at "moveon.org"

    I have more respect for cockroaches than I do that website.....

    October 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Steph

    United Health is the worst!!!

    October 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. ran

    Now is the time to pass single payer non-profit universal health care.

    The insurance companies and republicans can go away, we do not want or need them on this issue.

    Our health should not be for profit.

    No more multimillion $ salaries/bonuses to executives, dividends to shareholders, private jets, gold trim dinner ware in insurance boardrooms. Just money going to health care.

    People say it with me: single payer non-profit universal health care.

    October 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Major Roadblock

    I just don't know what I'd do without the guidance of Hollywood actors. I simply marvel at their wisdom and expertise in all fields.

    October 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Simmy

    Lazy and Bloated......Great concept, Moveon.org......Good for you, Heather Graham....How apropos.......

    October 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. victim of republican greed

    Liberals have MoveOn.org and the wingnuts have Fox Lies.

    October 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    This should be put on a ballot and people vote, for public option of not, guess what, the public option will win by a landslide.

    October 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. rr

    ...because Heather Graham is a well respected authority on health care reforom.


    October 21, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. R in Maine

    Well done Heather!

    October 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Iggle11

    Heather, are you going to use the public option for Health Care ??? I think not. You already have your million dollar policy in place.

    October 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Loup Garou 782

    I wouldn't expect anything any different from the Hollywood types, they are all prostitutes for obama and the demise of the constitution we were given by the founding fathers.

    October 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Sue

    Heather WHO?????? DUH!!!!!!

    October 21, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. TangledThorns

    Heather Graham is a has been actress. Might as well of used Gary Coleman. Watchatalkinabout Obama!!

    October 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. turdburglar

    An add by an elitist Hollywood celeb really makes me reconsider my viewpoint on socialized medicine. I wonder if Heather was a Canadian citizen waiting months for a knee replacement if she would forgo her ability to pay for a private clinic procedure, or just stick to the government provided care.

    October 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    With insurance companies now labeling rape as a "pre-existing condition", one would have to be either a lobbyist or supremely idiotic to not support the public option. My guess is that being a Republican may also end up being a "pre-existing condition".

    October 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. mike

    I think its funny that most republicans say that we need time to read the
    healthcare bill to make a decision they have a staff of people that read this bill all day long if there was a problem with this bill rush would have been the first to know and for most people they can't understand there credit card contract how are they going to understand the healthcare

    October 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    Glad to hear that. Now, since she is so "understanding" and "caring" towards those uninsured, can she donate some of her "bloated profits" to help those who can't afford it.

    Giving back whatever she is getting paid for these commercials would be a good start.

    October 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. gt

    ,, what does she know about being poor,, just another hollywried actress who wants her name out so she can get another million dollar movie deal.....nice try...

    October 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Obama Victim

    who is Heather Graham??

    October 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Joe

    Sadly, liberals just can't seem to separate health care reform and welfare.

    There can only be one price on a health care reform package that is sustanable: $0. We need laws to protect consumers from fraud, not subsidies. Good laws don't cost anything.

    We should first reform the laws that have created the mess we're in so that the average consumer has access to fairly priced health care. How food, shelter, health care, etc. to those who cannot or will not provide for themselves is a totally separate issue.

    October 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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