AFSCME Plans Big Ad Buy This Weekend in Nine States

Posted July 17, 2009 at 2:16pm

Updated: 4:30 p.m.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and a labor-affiliated health care coalition are planning an $800,000 television ad buy in nine states this weekend.

“What if we stripped away the $13 billion insurance company profits? The $119 million CEO pay? The endless denials? The soaring co-pays and premiums?— a narrator asks in a script provided to Roll Call. “You’d have health care between you and your doctor — that’s the president’s plan. Keep the coverage you have now. Or choose from a range of plans, including a public health insurance option to lower costs and keep insurance companies honest.—

The five-day ad run will air in Democratic districts in Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Arkansas and California.

“We can’t be any clearer than this — Congress must act now,— AFSCME President Gerald McEntee said in a statement. “Health care reform cannot wait. America’s families can’t wait. This is the moment to end the despair of millions of Americans who are unable to access the affordable healthcare they need.’’

The AFSCME is teaming up with the union-backed Health Care for America Now, which spent $1.1 million on health care television ads during the July Fourth recess.