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. ThinkAgain

    I've seen the ad, and it nicely makes the point that a little competition would do the health insurance companies good.

    So all you free-market capitalists out there, get on board for health care reform!!!

    October 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Wouldn't it be something if the elected officials did the right thing for Americans, instead of being afraid of angering the lobbyists of big business?

    October 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Oh boy....... I can hear the GOPers disdain for this woman now! Seems that the ONLY people who have Freedom of Speech are the GOP!

    October 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Health Care Employee

    I get paid to sentence people to death. I sit in a call center, hundreds of us in there, and take calls from doctors seeking permission to save lives. It takes us quite a while to decide whether we should honor the policy of our victims.....err, I mean customers. The decision making process starts with a search for an excuse....err, I mean reason to let the person die.

    Business is booming. Legalized mass genocide, aka Health Insurance Industry, is GREAT business! If only Hitler had known of this little trick.

    October 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Tony in Dallas

    Let go Graham and thank you MoveOn.org for your endless fight against injustice. Long live Public Option and more in-house fighting between the GOPs...lol

    October 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Will Obama be the 10 trillion dollar man

    yup, MoveOn.org Obama's lap dog.

    " Spread the Wealth "

    We're BROKE

    October 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Mike Syracuse, NY

    If i didn't know anything else about the public option, the fact that these communists support it is enough to know it's bad for America.

    October 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Matt

    Real healthcare reform is needed–not a total overhaul of the system. Until the government can make Medicare and Medicaid work, they should stay far, far away from the rest of the system.

    Heather Graham and MoveOn are to entities that need to go away. One makes bad movies and the other pushes a bitter, dangerous agenda.

    October 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Rick Sutter

    No one should care at all what any entertainer thinks about politics.

    October 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. JP

    No matter what the issue is MoveOn.org will always be on the wrong side of it along with their soul mates at ACORN and SEIU.

    October 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. www.firedoglake.com

    The Obama Administration wants to say its for a public health insurance option, but appears to be working hard behind closed doors to stymie real health insurance reform, which must at the very least include a public health insurance option like the one that appears in the Kennedy-Dodd HELP Committee bill.


    Why do Americans have to fight so hard to get Obama and the Democrats in Congress to pass something that is so popular?

    Why does MoveOn.org have to get an actress from Austin Powers movies to join the rest of the American people in demanding that we actually get the change that Obama told us that we can believe in?

    October 21, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. EG Berlin

    Neither Hollywood , nor Moveon.org nor Washington DC knows a darn thing about health care. Now, the insurance industry does. Why would anyone discredit what the insurance industry has to say about the health care situation and give credence to MoveOn.org, Hollywood paid ads, or the dummies in DC?

    October 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Ted Tartaglia

    Insurance companies are nothing but leeches sucking the lifeblood out of America. The playing field needs to be leveled or tilted in favor of consumers for a change.

    October 21, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. mjm

    Heather looked terrible in that ad. Apparently this is the only gig she can get.

    Once again, over 1300 insurance companies yet somehow 1301 is competition?

    Allowing people to buy insurance across state lines would create greater competition then adding one government run program. And it wouldn't cost 1-2 trillion.

    Co-ops for small businesses would cover more uninsured people under private insurance....once again...not for 1-2 trillion.

    It has never been about competition. It's about government control.

    October 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. geno

    yea, single payer system sounds great, long wait lines to get that needed treatment IF it gets approved, if not, then you can always do like the Canadians do and come to America, oops, wait a tic, can't come here anymore so what are the Canadians going to do???

    October 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. I'm a wing nut afraid of Nancy Pelosi

    I wish the Maoists from Fox Lies would stand up to the big health insurance companies.

    October 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    She looks better than those guys in the suits. Is that fair?

    October 21, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. jobless recovery

    Moveon thinks an actress with the IQ of 70 is a good proponent for a bill that will effect 1/6 of our economy. You liberals really believe you can con the Obamabots into anything.

    October 21, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    So the insurance guys look like a bunch of double chin Micheal Moore type libs, sorry this ad will just be laughed at.

    October 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    OK, snide remarks aside, Heather Graham did the ad for free, entire minimum wage (required by her membership in the Actors Guild) was donated to charity. No, she's not an A-list actress, but neither is she a has-been or a bimbo. She has as much right to appear in an ad as any ex-governor has of publishing a memoir of her rogue days for a boatload of cash and all the exposure she can wring from it.

    October 21, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    Democrats are against Tort Reform, which would actually reduce costs and make health care affordable in America.

    Democrats are not honest and they love nothing more than getting over on people. For a lib to capitalize off of a lie or distortion of the facts is the greatest high that the Democrat can ever recieve.

    This is why they will forever be against tort reform, aka the liberal lottery. The poor lib entitlement class lives to sue and get free money, while the rich lib attorneys are the leeches who use their eltitlement libs to steal money from honest, hard working, good hearted, play by the rules, personal responsiblity, aka Conservative Americans.

    October 21, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Glennis

    Soros is making out like a bandit with this administration, as are other big Dem donors in the background. And of course, television producers are going to be chiming in with their boot licking two cents worth to politicize what passes for entertainment these days by inserting smug preachiness about healthcare reform. I suggest they'd get more bang for their buck if they improved their shows so they were worth watching in the first place.

    October 21, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Magnanimous

    All of these people who oppose the Public Option but claim to be in favor of competition, should also support the repeal of the antitrust exemption for health insurance companies which will promote competition. There is no justification for collusion and price fixing in the most expensive health care market in the world. Why do we have far worse health care outcomes than other countries? Pure greed. $$$

    October 21, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    This is about making something affordable: if it takes a public option, do it. Government only intervenes when an industry becomes too powerful, and breaks up the concentration of power. That has been the driving force behind every reform movement in our history, and its ultimately resulted in federal action. An examination of the Progressive movement of the late 19th-early 20th century shows that when a concentration of power is in the hands of a few private individuals, those that have that power will inevitably say they are doing it to prevent chaos. The insurance companies speak of dire consequences if the flow of money to them is disrupted. How is that going to happen? They will still make a ton of money, just not as much. They don't deserve a break, we do. Its time to break up the monopolies, the cartels that strangle business and force people into unacceptable choices.

    October 21, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. munchmom

    Like we care what Hollywood thinks-they are so lame...

    October 21, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
1 2 3