July 1st, 2009
11:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Landrieu the latest senator to face TV pressure over public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/01/art.moveonad.cnn.jpg caption="A new TV ad continues MoveOn’s campaign to pressure Landrieu over a public option."](CNN) - Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing new pressure from liberal groups pushing for a public health insurance option.

A coalition that includes MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Change Congress released a 60-second television ad Wednesday highlighting contributions from insurance companies and other industry interests to the Louisiana Democrat.

"For me, this issue's personal," says breast cancer survivor Karen Gadbois in the ad, which is slated to run in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans media markets for the next week. "So when I see Mary Landrieu take $1.6 million from health and insurance companies, I have to ask: Whose side are you on?"

The ad flashes the number for Landrieu's Senate office in Washington, urging viewers to tell her to "support the public, not her insurance backers."

The groups did not reveal the size of the buy.

The new spot is the latest element of a weeks-long campaign aimed at Landrieu and other senators who have expressed skepticism about or opposition to a public option as Congress weighs a massive overhaul of the nation's health care system. The effort has already included state-level phone campaigns, Web and radio ads.

Last week, MoveOn announced a similar ad campaign targeting Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina. The group is already running spots aimed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Landrieu is also facing pressure from the right. Conservatives for Patients Rights, which opposes President Obama's health care plan, has gone on the airwaves in a dozen states - including Louisiana - that are represented by conservative Democrats or moderate Republicans viewed as possible swing votes. The spots urge viewers to call on their senators to reject any government-run option.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    Totally turned off ex-democrat said:

    "This isn't about giving everyone health insurance. This is about taxing everyone so the government has the money necessary to finance the upcoming baby boomers retirement (Social Security) and Medicare."

    Finally, a common sense opinion.

    But you're only partially correct. Something bigger... MUCH bigger... is needed to finance those programs. Enter in "cap and trade".

    July 1, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Harry

    Health Care Executives in America are EXTORTIONISTS.

    Health Care Executives in America live in LUXURY when others suffer.

    Health Care Executives in America are LOOTERS.

    Health Care Executives in America don't allow Doctors to use their INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT.

    Health Care Executives in America are LOBBYISTS who control the Government.

    Health Care Executives in America should be JAILED.

    WE NEED FREEDOM from the Health Care Executives of America.

    LIBERATE us from the Health Care Executives of America.

    July 1, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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