Drop Your Government-sponsored Health Plan—or Stop Trying Repeal Health Care Reform

Nov. 22, 2010

New Ad Campaign Challenges Congressman-elect Andy Harris to Practice What He Preaches: Drop Your Government-sponsored Health Plan -- or Stop Trying Repeal Health Care Reform for Maryland Families


Harris Brazenly Demanded Immediate Access to His Government-subsidized Health Plan After Campaigning on a Pledge to Deny Millions Access to Same Quality, Affordable Health Care


***Click Here to Listen to “Drop It or Stop It”***


WashingtonDC– Progressive issue-advocacy group Americans United for Chance launched a new radio and Facebook ad campaign in Maryland today calling on Congressman-elect Andy Harris (MD-1) to practice what he preaches when it comes to health coverage.  Harris drew national media attention last week when he reportedly “surprised fellow freshmen at an orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in” – a brazen outburst, to say least, coming from someone who campaigned on the promise of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Repealing health reform would effectively deny health care coverage to Maryland families that have gone without a lot longer than a month, sometimes years.


See script below for “Drop it or Stop it” – airing this week on talk news stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury media markets -- which challenges Congressman-elect Harris to either opt-out of his taxpayer-funded government plan, or stop trying to deny 32 million Americans access to the same kind of quality, affordable health care choices as Member of Congress. Listen to it here:


In addition, AUFC also launched ads on Facebook with a similar message geo-targeting residents of Maryland’s first Congressional district.  Clicking on the ad leads to this landing page:


Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change:“Why is it that Congressional Republicans like Andy Harris who urgently want to repeal health reform think they deserve access to quality, affordable health care -- but their constituents don’t?  If the Republican leadership intends to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act and prevent millions of Americans from gaining access to same health choices they enjoy, why is it that none of them are willing to set the example by opting out of their own taxpayer subsidized health plan first?  Does this not make them hypocrites?”