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Harry and Louise – that fictional Everyman couple that starred in ads widely credited with helping to kill health-care reform in 1994 – are returning to the small screen. This time, though, they’ll be urging that an overhaul of the health-care system be the nation’s top domestic priority.

The spots, featuring the same actors and kitchen table, will run through both Republican and Democratic national conventions, airing between August 24 and Sept. 7, said Stephanie Cathcart, spokeswoman for the National Federation of Independent Business.

In the 1990s, NFIB was part of the coalition that aired the original Harry and Louise ads that were critical of President Bill Clinton’s single-payer proposal.

On Tuesday, NFIB will be joined by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association and Families USA in unveiling the new TV spots.

The multi-million ad buy, Cathcart said, includes time on cable news channels, Comedy Central, the three networks’ Sunday shows and local news broadcasts in Denver and St. Paul – the sites of the two national political conventions.

Check out the new ads Tuesday at www.harryandlouisereturn.com.