New TV Ads Launched Thanking 11 Members for Standing Up to the Big Health Insurance Companies

November 10, 2009

New TV Ads Launched Thanking 11 Members of Congress for Standing Up to the Big Health Insurance Companies and Fighting to Provide All Americans Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care


Ads from Americans United for Change, AFSCME Part of Major $1 Million Coalitional Effort Backing Up Representatives That Faced Down Big Insurance and Helped Pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act



Washington D.C. – As part of a major coalitional effort backing up Members of Congress who stood up to the big health insurance industry by supporting the Affordable Health Care for America Act, ten television ads thanking eleven U.S. House members for their support were launched today in a joint $350,000 effort by Americans United for Change and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  The new spots come on the heels of ads launched Monday by Health Care for America Now! thanking 20 other Members of Congress who voted for quality, affordable health care on behalf of their constituents – for a combined effort of $1 million.  The new spot from Americans United/AFSCME titled “It’s time” will air throughout the week in the following Congressional districts:


Ads Sponsored by AFSCME/Americans United for Change:

Chris Carney (PA-10) in Scranton:

Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3) in Erie:

Zachary Space (OH-18) in Columbus:

Steve Driehaus (OH-1) in Cincinnati:

Baron Hill (IN-9) in Louisville:

Brad Ellsworth (IN-8) in Terre Haute:


Additional Ads Sponsored by Americans United for Change:

Anh "Joseph" Cao (LA-2) in New Orleans:

Marion Berry (AR-1)/Vic Snyder (AR-2) in Little Rock and Jonesboro:

Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) in San Antonio:

Tom Perriello (VA-5) in Roanoke:


The historic health insurance reform legislation, which passed in the U.S. House on Saturday and is now headed to the U.S. Senate, will cover 96 percent of the American people, make coverage more affordable for all Americans, strengthen Medicare, and finally put an end to the indefensible health insurance industry practices of denying coverage based on “pre-existing conditions” and rescinding policies when Americans get sick and need it most. In addition, the legislation is fiscally responsible and fully paid for.  On July 17, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the cost of the bill’s reforms was $1.042 trillion over 10 years, while the bill’s cost savings and revenues totaled $1.048 trillion.  For more information on the Affordable Health Care for America Act, CLICK HERE.


Gerald McEntee, President, AFSCME: “Saturday’s vote is real progress in the fight for health care reform.  The House acted to protect seniors overwhelmed by the cost of prescription drugs and millions of American families unable to afford basic care because of skyrocketing costs. 


Tom McMahon, Acting Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “President Obama and Congressional Democrats won an overwhelming election victory last November with the promise of a new direction in America, especially when it came to spiraling health care costs, the thousands of Americans each day joining the tens of millions without health insurance – and the thousands dying each year because of it.   Today, the American people are closer than ever to realizing long-overdue health insurance reform thanks to these members of Congress that stood up to big insurance and said ‘yes’ to guaranteeing allAmericans access to quality and affordable health care. These Representatives faced enormous pressure from the big insurance companies that want to kill reform so they can keep raising premiums on American families four times faster than wages, keep rescinding policies when people get sick -- and keep denying Americans based on such “pre-existing conditions” as being a victim of domestic abuse or once having had a C-section.  These Representatives ignored the dishonest rhetoric from the forces of status quo and listened to their constituents that are sick and tired worrying about going bankrupt due to medical bills.


“We’re sending a message to all members of Congress through this major advertising effort that supporters of health insurance reform will have their backs if they choose in the end to side with the AARP, the American Medical Association and the clear majority of the American people,” added McMahon,




“It’s Time” – 30 second TV


 Video                                        Audio


Small floating SUPER: Congressman Zachary Space knows it’s time to reform health care.



SUPER: Take power back from the insurance companies




SUPER: No more denying coverage



SUPER: Decisions in the hands of you and your doctor.




SUPER: Rein in insurance premiums





SUPER: Help small businesses


SUPER: Grow the economy



SUPER: Thank You Congressman Space for fighting for us.

202- 225-3121



Congressman Zachary Space knows it’s time to reform health care.




It’s time to take power back from the insurance companies.




No more denying coverage when you’re sick.




Time to put medical decisions in the hands of you and your doctor.




It’s time to rein in skyrocketing insurance premiums …




To help small businesses survive … and our economy grow.




Thank you Congressman Space for knowing it’s time to stand up to the insurance