Americans United for Change is pushing back at the onslaught of advertising slamming U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder with a $75,000 ad buy in support of his and Rep. Marion Berry's vote on the health care bill. It's a drop in the bucket, I'd guess, against what the other side, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc., is blowing to beat health care reform.
Washington D.C. – A television ad counteroffensive was launched today backing up U.S. Reps. Marion Berry (AR-1) and Vic Snyder (AR-2) who put Arkansas’ interests first by voting for the Affordable Health Care for America Act and now find themselves in the crosshairs of the special interests and the target of dishonest attack ads from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 60 Plus Association. In response, Americans United for Change today unveiled a new ad called “Not Happy,” which will air for a week on a mix of broadcast and cable television in the Little Rock media market. See script below*
CLICK HERE for a Fact-Check of the distortion-filled TV ad from the 60 Plus Association and CLICK HERE for a Fact-Check of the misleading U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad – both on the airwaves attacking U.S. Reps. Snyder and Berry. The misinformation campaign doesn’t stop there for the U.S. Chamber – See Huffington Post: “Chamber Of Commerce Solicits Money For Economist Who Will Give Bad Review Of Health Care Bill”
Tom McMahon, Acting Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “We’re not going to sit by and let these special interests push around Congressmen Marion Berry and Vic Snyder for putting their constituents’ interests first by supporting health insurance reform. Representatives Berry and Snyder are in their crosshairs for voting for real health insurance reform that will guarantee all Arkansas families access to the quality and affordable health care they deserve. These special interests are trying to protect the status quo at any cost, even if that means attacking Congressmen Berry and Snyder on the airwaves with lies and distortions. That’s because there is a lot of money to be made keeping things the way they are so big insurance companies can keep raising premiums four times faster than wages, rescinding policies when people get sick, and denying people coverage based on “pre-existing conditions.” Representatives Berry and Snyder stood up for Arkansas families that are sick and tired worrying about going bankrupt because of medical bills. Representatives Berry and Snyder stood up to big insurance and stood alongside the AARP and the American Medical Association. We are taking to the airwaves to clear the air of misinformation and provide Representatives Berry and Snyder support as they continue taking on these powerful special interests that will say or do anything to kill reform.”
The Affordable Health Care for America Act will cover 96 percent of the American people, make coverage more affordable for all Americans, create real competition in the market place through a public health insurance option, the 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.