Fifteen years after they helped to derail the Clinton healthcare plan, the couple who played Harry and Louise have returned in a new commercialthis time championing industrywide reform.
Harry and Louise, of course, are a little bit older, but they are a whole lot wiser, said Ron Pollack, president of Families USA, at a news conference in Washington.
The ad, which will run on network and cable stations through the Democratic and Republican conventions and into early September, shows the iconic couple concerned over the high cost of healthcare and growing number of uninsured. Whoever the next president is, healthcare should be at the top of his agenda, Louise says. Bring everyone to the table and make it happen.
In 1993, the ads featured the same couple railing against parts of the Clinton healthcare package that would have diminished the role of private insurers in favor of increased government control. At the time, the ads were funded in part by the insurance lobby.
This time around, theyre being backed and paid for by a coalition of groups, including the American Hospital Association, Families USA, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Catholic Health Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. The ad is intended to make meaningful healthcare reform the top and first domestic priority for the next president and Congress, Pollack said. -- by Matthew DoBias