Yesterday, Health Care for America Now lauded Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Today, the progressive health reform group is bashing Arizona Sen. John McCain and seven of his fellow Republicans.
The group launched a nearly $5 million ad campaign questioning why McCain and fellow Republicans favor health care policies that would leave consumers to fight insurance companies alone. The campaign will run for the next two weeks on radio and television and in direct mail and phone calls.
The McCain ad features a woman suffering from cancer who says under McCain’s plan she could lose her employer-based coverage and be unable to buy insurance on her own because of her pre-existing condition.
“He wants me to fight cancer and the insurance companies?” she asks. “Fine. I’ll take you both on.”
A similar ad targets Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and Reps. Ric Keller (R-Fla.), John R. Kuhl (R-N.Y.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). It also targets Republican candidates Blaine Luetkemeyer in Missouri, Marty Ozinga in Illinois and Erik Paulsen in Minnesota.
“With less than 30 days to go before Election Day, it is urgent that voters know where the candidates stand on health care,” said the group’s campaign manager, Richard Kirsch. “For families struggling to make ends meet, the high cost of health care has been a leading economic indicator. Now is the time to convince every candidate and member of Congress to stand on the side of quality, affordable health care for all and not on the side of handing over more control to the private health insurance companies.”
The McCain campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
View the McCain ad here.
View the Sununu ad here.
View the Keller ad here.
View the Kuhl ad here.
View the Walberg ad here.
View the Luetkemeyer ad here.
View the Ozinga ad here.
View the Paulsen ad here.