A pro-Democratic labor coalition has a reply to Republicans who say the healthcare overhaul push in too much, too fast.
The new cable TV spot released this morning by Americans United for Change says that by calling for delay, Republicans are really trying to kill reform, again.
"The Republicans claim the health insurance reform debate has been moving at lightning speed," the announcer says over an animated snail inching past sign posts starting with the year 1993. "In fact for 15 years, it’s hardly moved at all. Meanwhile premiums have gone up 3 times faster than wages, health insurance profits have soared and 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance everyday."
"Now the Republicans say Congress should slow down? That’s because when something goes slow enough it’s easy to kill it dead in its tracks," the announcer says as a dress shoe squashes the snail.
"Tell Congress you want health insurance reform now," the announcer concludes.
Another liberal group, MoveOn.org, also has a new healthcare ad up.
This one goes after Republicans, quoting them as saying they want to defeat President Obama on the issue, including Senator Jim DeMint's much-cited remark that healthcare could be Obama's "Waterloo."
While Obama is pushing reform, Republicans are "doing nothing -- actually worse than nothing" by turning the issue into a political football, the announcer says as a football is shown spiraling through the air -- then shattering a window.
"Tell Congress this isn't a game," the narrator concludes.
The Democratic National Committee piled on this afternoon with a web video of its own, hammering Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for claiming that every GOP senators favors a healthcare bill. Titled "Are you serious?" the ad argues that Republicans have showed they don't want change.
“The Republican playbook on health insurance reform is now plainly clear and it’s well past time for Mitch McConnell to acknowledge that his Party’s strategy is to try and use the health insurance reform debate to score a political win on the backs of struggling American families and small businesses. Now that members of his own caucus are stating publicly their desire to see the President ‘fail’, McConnell’s attempts to profess bipartisanship are falling more than a little flat,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.
“The status quo that the Republican Party is championing is breaking American families, small businesses and state budgets across the nation and only stands to get far worse in the years ahead if nothing is done - as they propose. By standing in the way of health insurance reform, Republicans are protecting their special interest friends and ignoring their duty to serve the interests of their constituents.”
Americans United for Change also launched a radio spot on nine Maine stations today aiming at persuading Senator Olympia Snowe, a key moderate Republican, to support the healthcare bill.
“Americans have been waiting for meaningful health care reform since Truman was president and. Sen. Snowe is a critical voice on the Senate Finance Committee,” Frank Gallagher, the Maine state director of Americans United for Change, said in a statement. “Health care is not going to reform itself. The insurance industry will not suddenly stop lobbying to kill reform or quit raising our premiums, and the Republican leadership has stated repeatedly that they are actively trying to kill it. Sen. Snowe has a long record of going against her party’s leadership to do what’s right for Maine. It’s time for her to do that again.”
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