February 12th, 2009
03:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Multi-million dollar health care push

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new $10 million-plus television advertising campaign is set to begin Sunday that is designed to pressure Congress to move quickly this year on overhauling the nation’s healthcare system, an organizer tells CNN.

The TV ads will run on local cable television, specifically targeting 34 senators over a three week period and 49 congressmen for two weeks, Dave Lemon, a spokesman for Families USA, tells CNN.

Families USA, along with American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are behind the campaign. Lemon said the ads will hit both Democrats and Republicans, but noted the consortium will not release a list of the targets until next week. The ads will run on CNN, Comedy Central, FOX and MSNBC.

"This huge ad campaign is designed to accomplish two things,” Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, tells CNN. “First, thank members of Congress for their votes on children's health care coverage; and second, to begin the process of getting meaningful health care reform passed this year.

"The children's health bill is a good down payment towards meaningful reform. But, with tens of millions of people unable to afford needed health care coverage, the larger reform effort needs to happen as quickly as possible," he added.

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  1. TCM

    targeting 34 senators over a three week period and 49 congressmen for two weeks

    This is "Change?" Or merely a Gestapo-socialistic thug type of intimidation? It's a shame our country has been overthrown by a vial liberal agenda. It's a shame that the media, spawned from our freedom of speech, has used that very right to doom this nation with the lbiases support of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. Any person supporting this current circus of an administration, and this pork bill which invades our lives, our families and generations to come, need to be removed from office and the country. Conservatives, we've allowed our country to be betrayed by a tidal wave of corruption, via Acorn....it's time to take it back.

    February 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Imagine your heathcare delivered by the same people who work at the DMV.

    Worse yet, your healthcare delivered by the same government that can't deliver the mail.

    Had enough change yet?

    February 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Americans want same healthcare Congress has

    Congress members have the best healthcare coverage available and they pay NOTHING for it.

    Either they give us the same coverage or they need to lose their Congressional healthcare -then they might suddenly be concerned about how bad the healthcare plans and costs are for real Americans!

    February 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. disgusted

    I for one am sick of my heathcare being dictated to by an insurance company that wants to make a profit for its stockholders.

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Big Al

    Please dems, please continue to reach and stretch for every socialistic agenda that's been on your calendar for years. Just as fast and as agressively as possible. We all know that overreaching resulted in the takeover by the republicans in 94. Maybe they have forgotten that blunder.

    Can you imagine health care in this country managed as poorly as medicare/medicaid?

    February 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. sane analysis

    Get real, folks. This has nothing to do with health care "reform." This is simply a power grab by the government. The only thing the nearly inevitable national health care plan will accomplish is shifting yet more power away from the people and towards Washington, DC. And we will never get it back because once the government gets to decide if you go to a doctor or not, they have you by the short hairs. This "stimulus" bill gets the bill rolling by calling for a federal center to get on file, in digital format, EVERY AMERICAN"S HEALTH RECORD. Will we wake up before they ram this through?

    February 12, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Cue the fat-cat conservative multi-millionaire Republican doctors and insurance and drug co. executives screaming "soshulized med'cin" (sic) in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

    February 12, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. arithmetic is liberal

    I wonder where all the people concerned about digital health records were when they started warrantless wire tapping...

    Pull your pants up, righties. Your hypocrisy is showing.

    February 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Darko

    Healthcare reform = good

    Hillary/Obama healthcare = bad

    Look at Medicare and Medicade and their funding that's heading for the cliff...now image EVERY American (and illegals too I'm sure) on the same type of program. Imagine the tax hikes that will be levied to pay for it. Image the waste that only govt can provide...

    Are the Libs intentionally trying to Bankrupt this country???

    February 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Love the truth

    Yeah, we have plenty of money to go around. Let's just let the govt pay for everything for everybody. That will keep the money in circulation.

    February 12, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |