August 15th, 2008
12:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Harry and Louise are back

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Harry and Louise, the couple who agonized over changes to their health insurance in a 1993 political ad, are back in a new 30-second commercial urging lawmakers to make healthcare the number one issue on the domestic agenda.

It is scheduled to air during the Democratic and Republican presidential conventions and will be financed by several different organizations, including Families USA and the National Federation of Independent Business. The commercial will be unveiled Tuesday at a news conference in Washington.

(Here is the original Harry and Louise ad that was financed by the Health Insurance Association of America)

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. ChicagoJosh

    Health Care was an early priority for the Obama campaign. Good job guys, lets bring it back!! Lets get affordable health care for EVERYONE!!!

    McCain doesn't even know what all the fuss is about. He's been on government healthcare his whole life. No way he'll let us normal people get in on those benefits.

    August 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Linda

    Obama said in one of his recent speeches that he would make an effort to try and get healthcare addressed 'by the end' of his first term. Sounds like he is more concerned about his second term than healthcare. If he were to get elected he will do nothing.

    He will not get elected. He just doesnt have the voters for a general election. Wonder if he ever was curious why only 89,818 voters out of over 600 THOUSAND registered Democrats voted for him in Iowa. Less than 4.7 of all registered voters in Iowa. Probably because they won't vote for him in November too? He touts Iowa as a BIG success. I don't call less than 4.7 a success. And let's not forget it won't be a caucus!

    August 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    you need to vist obamas website and read about his healthcare plan

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Good bye Harry and Louise!

    You fooled the people in 1993! But you did not foo me. Now go away! You have done enough damage! Things are worse now, not better. Go far, far, far, far away!

    August 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Healthcare should not be the #1 thing on our domestic agenda.
    Extract the illegal aliens from the uninsured roles–then remind yourselves of the fact that in every state Federal Medicaid programs are available for women and children with minimal qualifying for routine medical care.

    Once we stop throwing money down the empty hole which is Iraq-there are a lot of pressing immediate needs before we dig a new hole to throw that money in. Here are some real priorities the tax dollars could be spent on that will have a measurable and long-term impact on the economic, health, and environmental systems of the natio:

    Education/retraining: (to educate unemployed workers in skills that are in demand). With rising employement and moderate focus on reducing the costs of private health insurance–healthcare could be must lower on the priority list.

    Infrastructure: (repair bridges, roads, railways so our economic transport system stays intact).
    Transporation: create immediate incentives/funds for public transportation to decrease the necessity of commuting in POV's (just think of the emissions that would be eliminated if more people had convenient access to public transportation–in "green" buses, subways, and rails).

    August 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. DR. YES

    didn't they already hear that mccain's health care plan is yoyo.[you're on your own]

    August 15, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. rhoward

    Had Hillary been willing to compromise back in the '90's, you might have had health care now. But because it couldn't all be her way, she decided no way so she took her bat and ball and went home.

    If she gave up that easily then, what makes you think she'd be any different now?

    August 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. True Democrat

    I guess after coming out and starring for Barack Obama in his attack ad reprisal against Hillary Clinton, it's only fair that they turn around now and stick it back to Obama.

    What was that Malcom said about "chicken's comin' home to roost!"

    And John, don't be silly...if you ship the jobs to China, they do get pay-checks and already have government sponsored healthcare.

    Silly little man. Too funny.

    August 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Matt honestly

    What is Obama's health care plan?

    August 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    Great! That's all we need – another misleading ad that's tarted up to look they're concerned about American citizens when they're really looking out for corporate interests.

    August 15, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Jeff from Janesville, WI

    I just hope that Obama focuses on healthcare from here forward. There are tens of millions that will vote for him on this issue alone. Healthcare in this country is in horrible shape. 47 million without on any given day, 60 million without at some point in the year, 25 million that are grossly underinsured and would go bankrupt with any major medical bills. And worst of all we, with the 'best healthcare in the world' don't rank # 1, but actually only rank 37th! While the Canadians who the 'Right' says hates their healthcare, recently voted Tommy Douglas, their healthcare 'founder' as the Greatest Canadian EVER!

    Lisa – I can't comprehend how you can cling to Hillary like that...sure she was good, but she is out! If you won't vote for Obama, you'll get McCain...what are you thinking??!!

    August 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. California Gold

    I prefer Hillary Clinton's proposed health care plan over Obama's. I'm voting for the Democrat party candidate because the party is committed to provide coverage for our citizen voters. It's my tax money and I'd rather my money go towards health care for citizens who can't afford it. That's government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    McCain's health care plan is "don't get sick if you don't have money."

    August 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. A CANUCK

    Lisa...where in the world do you get your information????????????

    August 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. ken

    If healthcare is a issue than why do more of us whinners asked for it is because if we do they will shipped our job off shore. IKE.JFK,LBJ come back we need you.

    August 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. jason, texas

    Linda: Some people are still bigots.

    August 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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