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Civil-Rights Groups Launch Health-Care Ad Blitz

By Ben Pershing
A coalition of major African-American and Latino groups announced Monday that it is stepping into the health-care debate with a six-figure ad blitz aimed at promoting reform.

A half-dozen groups -- the NAACP National Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Campaign for Community Change, the United States Student Association and PowerPAC.org -- are banding together to run television and print ads in four states with large minority populations: Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas. (Two of those four states have senators on the Finance Committee.) A spokesman for the group said the total ad buy would cost between $250,000 and $500,000.

The ads, which will run in English and Spanish, "are part of a grassroots effort to ensure that members of Congress appreciate the importance of reform to the people of color they represent," according to a statement released by the coalition.

'I'm not going to let special-interest politicians throw 46 million of us under the bus," says the African-American narrator of the television ad, using a common estimate of the number of uninsured Americans.

"I'm not going to leave my grandkids' health in the hands of insurance companies that care more about profit than they do about everyday families. And as for the politicians, tell Senator Lincoln there needs to be room for all of us on this bus," the narrator concludes, as a young Latino woman and her child attempt to board a bus.

The coalition is pushing for a public insurance option to be included in health-care reform, an idea that faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The groups also call for all U.S. residents to be covered, even as some health-care proposals currently circulating wouldn't cover legal immigrants.

By Ben Pershing  |  October 5, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Comments

I am glad to see them doing this. This is an issue which affects minorities disproportionately. We all need strong health insurance reform.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 5, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So how is it the responsibility of 'taxpayers' to make sure this guys 'grand children' have free healthcare? Like it or not folks, any public option will eventually become the only option. Let's stop worrying about finding ways to 'pick up the tab' for those who can't or won't spend their own money, and focus on lower costs for those who can and will pay for healthcare. Then we can concentrate on helping those who 'can't' afford healthcare to find a way to 'pay for the treatment they need'. No one should get a free ride, and certainly those who've entered our country illegally, or overstayed a visa, should not be given anything.

Posted by: edweirdness | October 5, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope this group gets the same response as the seniors put forth. This administration is hell bent to make care available to minorities on the backs of the seniors. Don't become a senior in this country. Pay all your life and get kicked in the pants when you get old. You won't be young forever, you will be old one day.

Posted by: MOMLEE | October 5, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What sterling characters have already posted, ones who can always take money from our kids and grandkids for no-bid contracts, for secret deals, for the War Machine, for bombs and bombers, for the mass murder of Shock and Awe, for secret prisons, for torture, . . but never any for our own weak, our poor the very young and very old, the sick, the helpless.

What kind of people are these, whose lack of character is so extreme they do not even resist bleating it out publicly?

Posted by: shadowmagician | October 5, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Considering all the hand outs these people have been getting, not to mention all of the social programs,free education,and we even pay to teach their kids english it's no wonder they demand the taxpayer pay for their choices. Maybe we should propose to cover only "two parent" households and up to one child.I'm wondering if I'll get the social security I am "entitled" to since I have paid into it for the last 35 years.

Posted by: mark0004 | October 5, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Well it seems like the healthcare bill if really faltering. I couldn't be happier. We do not need a complete overhaul of healthcare, the only reason they're trying to do this is because they will institute a complete government takeover in order to control us from cradle to grave. The new beauracracies that is included in the bill will cost more than the healthcare itself. This is a very dangerous bill and it will cost us a bundle by the time they are through but unfortunately most people don't realize it. You also have to ask yourself, when was the last time that the government ran something successfully without going over budget? All they really need to do is 1. Tort reform 2. Regulate interstate insurance 3. Regulations so you cannot be turned down. This will cost us a lot less than a brand new healthcare bill.

Posted by: aaniko | October 5, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

La Raza is a racist terrorist organization. If they're for this, it has to be bad for Americans. They would never do anything that might be good for Americans.
Up to this point I had been for health care reform. Now I stand firmly opposed.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | October 5, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I have yet to find anyone who expects "free" health care! I am sure everyone understands that we will all pay into the system however it sifts out....the question is who will profit and who SHOULD profit! Should our dollars go to profit the health insurance industry or should they go to actual CARE - as in facilities, physicians and other providers and medicines? No one asks for a free ride. We all should pay in and we all should be covered. When some idiot says he doesn't think health insurance should, for example, cover maternity benefits because HE doesn't need them, is that the height of selfish "me first" or what? Come on, people! Wake up and get some common sense!

Posted by: jquinlan29 | October 5, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I see the right-wing wackos are alive and well -- and loud as ever in their disinformation campaign. For example: Momlee, far from getting "kicked in the pants," seniors will get major benefits from this health reform package -- better care, lower cost, more health "bang" for their bucks. Read your AARP newspaper, for Pete's sake.

The ignorance of the American public should never (like our former president's) be misunderestimated. Arguing with these fruitcakes is pointless. They not only don't listen to facts -- they don't want to be troubled by them. Why? Because facts are stubborn things. You can't wish them away.

Posted by: richardhebert | October 5, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

If you would like to help pressure Congress to pass single payer health care please join our voting bloc at:
www.votingbloc.org

Posted by: letsgobuffalo | October 5, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"46 million of us?" Even President Obama stopped using that dishonest figure weeks ago. Inaccurate figures with respect to who doesn't have health insurance are merely one of the disingenuous means by which the Prez and his allies are promoting their health care bills. First the figure was 46 million, but, whoops, that included 15 million illegal aliens. Now we're down to 30 million, but that figure includes 15 million citizens who can afford insurance, but, of their own volition, choose not to buy it. So, in the end, we're down to 15 million Americans without health insurance.
It's all about crisis creation in order to promote one heck of a lousy bill.

Posted by: alchartreux | October 5, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt, resort to simplistic "health insurance companies are evil" rhetoric. Never mind that Medicare and Social Security are broke -- the federal government can't even fulfill its promises already made to future beneficiaries in those programs, so let's create a new entitlement. Brilliant! Never mind that fewer and fewer doctors are even accepting Medicare because of its paltry compensation rates. Never mind the fact that privately insured people are subsidizing and heling to prop up Medicare by paying higher premiums to offset Medicare's lower compensation rates to doctors. That's right -- there is no free ride. If someone gets healthcare at a below-market rate, someone else is paying for it. And more ads promoting the concept of a paternalistic welfare state, not to mention the idea that the federal government can borrow more yuan from China to pay from it even though we're already $13 trillion in hock (and will be at $20 trillion+ by the end of Obama's first term.

Posted by: alchartreux | October 5, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

To: richard hebert
Just because people do not agree with your viewpoint and see things differently does not mean they are whacko's or are lying and do not have the facts. Over 50 percent of the American people believe Obama's health care reform is bad. The CBO said that there is no way that Obama can promise no increase in the national debt if his health care plan is passed. And do really believe that if you choose to opted out of health care you should receive a yearly fine and if you do not pay that fine you will face jail time? Do you actually believe that the government can take over one sixth of our economy and run it more efficiently than the private sector? Have you heard about social security and Medicare, how efficienty have they run these two programs? Oh, that's right they're going bunkrupt. So, before you think that government can do a better job at health care look at other government programs and see how many run efficiently, I bet you can count them on one hand!

Posted by: wallen4857 | October 6, 2009 3:24 AM | Report abuse

IDIOTS who think this Country belongs to them alone better watch out.
It is a new day, and they will be the last to find out that they are effectively OBSOLETE.
HATERS and RACISTS need to leave America ASAP because they are doomed to be miserable for the rest of their lives.
Where do I donate to these wonderful groupes who FINALLY just woke up to join the fight against the all American home grown IGNORANCE?

Posted by: Rexmad10 | October 6, 2009 4:35 AM | Report abuse

It is one thing to support the idea of "health care reform." It is a completely different thing to find a fix that will actually work instead of making the situation worse. The immediate result of current Senate Finance Committee bill will be a sudden rise in health insurance premiums for everyone in America. "If you like [the insurance] you have, you can keep it." Assuming you can afford the new Congress-sponsored higher premiums and assuming your employer can afford their share of the higher premiums. Expect unemployment to get even worse. Employers will have a hard time affording the workers they have now, let alone new ones. Politicians need to think about the unintended consequences of their laws, not just the immediate surface-level effects.

Posted by: sam38 | October 6, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

In what media accounts are casting as a serious setback for President Barack Obama and lawmakers who back the "public option," the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday voted against including the provision in the bill. Reports also remark on GOP unity against the provision, which they compare to the Democratic split apparent in Tuesday's committee votes. Where I am a health insurance agent with www.benefitsmanager.net/SelectHealth.html . I find this frustrating somewhat. I don’t agree with the design of the “public option” where it works against a health system in place now and causes a financial burden on tax payers. But, I think we need one out there. I need the ability to get my clients a insurance policy that won’t decline them for pre-existing medical conditions. See Utah’s response to health care reform and health insurance reform. www.prweb.com/releases/utah_health_insurance/health_care_reform/prweb2614544.htm.
Perhaps the feds should look at the only second state case attempt for reform as a model. What about TORT reform? That honestly impacts doctor insurance costs as well as health insurance premiums by 13% See study in prior link.

Posted by: mikeoliphant | October 6, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

He who laughs last, laughs best. Somewhere in the Gospel, I heard the Messiah declared, that the first shall be the last & that the last shall be the first.
After the ugly display of aarrogance, ignorance and blatant racism in August & thereabouts, we the people, we the minority, we the overwhelming voters have now come together.
Now here comes the 100 Billion Ton Train, powered by a divine power.
They can not stop us now.
While we hurt & lay dying at streets corners and at the floors of emergency rooms, they get premium treatments at the Queens Palace. Yes, let the bastards die.
God bless the persistent President and the poor blacks, latinos & poor whites who are leading this final assault to VICTORY.

Posted by: olafaux | October 6, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

this is a great ad.i am so glad that we are finally getting the voice of others involved in the healthcare debate because there has been so many lies and distortions out here long enough and let me assure people on this site that we are middle-income working class americans yes let me repeat myself americans.i am retired and my husband work everyday and has just went back to work after having surgery.he was off two weeks and the insurance companies are getting over on us big-time it is time for the american people to open our eyes and stop putting the blame on poor people and minorities.i dont need anyone to take care of me as an old james brown song once stated i dont want nobody giving me nothing open up the door i will get it myself.

Posted by: adolphusc | October 6, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Great video! I'm tired of hearing what Obama should do to get health care passed. It's not our President who needs to wake up, it's our senators and congressional representatives. They live in a fantasy land of a high-paying job, great GOVERNMENT run health care coverage for themselves and their families, and (for the time being) a guaranteed paycheck. Time to tell them we KNOW they take money from these vicious, profit-driven insurance companies and we demand they stop and DO THEIR JOB!

Posted by: blosmurph | October 6, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

THE NEW AMERICA OF CHANGE IS A BEAUTIFUL
AND HEALTHY GRASS ROOTS OUTPORING OF OUR CARING AMERICANS IN ACTION...

~OUR U.S.CONGRESS AT LEAST DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE...THEY AFFORD POORER AMERICANS THE SAME EMERGENCY ONLY HEALTH*CARE THAT ILLEGAL ALIENS RECEIVE~

AMERICA~LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT~ 45,000 DEAD POOR AMERICANS LEAVE U.S. EVERY*YEAR DUE TO 3rd WORLD HEALTH CONDITIONS ??

** POLITICS IN AMERICA IS VERY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHEN OUR MIDDLE~CLASS & WORKING POOR CITIZENS ARE ALL BEING FORCED 2 ALLOW BIG $$$ TO CONTROL THE PEOPLES HALLS OF THE U.S.CONGRESS..

~ SADLY, OUR VERY OWN AMERICAN HEALTH*CARE SATANIC VERSES HAS KEPT 45 MILLION POOR AMERICANS IN 3rd WORLD HEALTH CONDITIONS ~

DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY ~ THE WORLDS SELECT BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR FRONT CORPORATIONS WILL ALL GET ON BOARD THE NEW HEALTH~TRAIN OF $$$...**ADDING 45 MILLION MORE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO THE CURRENT GIVEN PROFIT MARGINS + WITH A FUTURE AMNESTY PROGRAM
(6 months) AFTER NEXT U.S.PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION = $$$$$$$$$.........

WEALTH~CARE FOR ALL THE HEAVILY INVESTED INTERNATIONAL AND AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES IN THE CURRENT U.S.HEALTH FOR THE WEALTHY ONLY SYSTEM WILL NOT END ANYTIME SOON... IT WILL ONLY BE RE~ARRANGED TO MAKE SURE ALL THESE MEGA CAPITALISTS PROSPER IN JUST ANOTHER FASHION .

THE FINE ART OF DENYING 45 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH~CARE IN OUR JUDEO~CHRISTIAN NATION IS NOT RACIST AT ALL... IT'S JUST OUR BEHIND THE SCENE WEALTHY ELITE CITIZENS USING THEIR TREMENDOUS WEALTH TO DIRECTLY INFLUENCE OUR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES IN KEEPING ALL THE little poor folk down *

AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALL ACROSS THE USA HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON THEIR RELIGIOUS FLOCK TO CONTRIBUTE(TITHE)THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES TO THEIR MINISTRIES EVERY WEEK. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE U.S. ARE MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS WHO NOW DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP AND SUPPORT FROM THESE SAME U.S.RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LOBBYING THE U.S.CONGRESS TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS.

***THERE ARE CURRENTLY AN ESTIMASTED 45 MILLION MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH~CARE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD????

SILENT AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO ALL HAVE HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IS MUCH MORE FRIGHTENING THEN THE POSSIBLE DENIAL OF A FUTURE HEALTH~CARE PLAN FOR ALL...

**45,OOO AMERICANS DIE EACH YEAR IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD DIRECTLY RELATED TO THEIR LACK OF PROPER HEALTH*CARE.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS
(424-247-2013)


Posted by: DOUGLASFIELD2 | October 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why did it take Civil Rights groups and Latinos so long to act and make their voices heard on health care reform? The health care reform debate has been on-going and it's been ugly. It was good, though, to read that these groups have decided to get involved. But still, I wonder why it took them sooooo long to act? At one time civil rights groups were paramount in leading the way. It seems lately that they've just lost their way. President Obama needs tough, informed African-Americans and Lations joining with other Americans to fight against the mis-informed, ill-informed right wingers who seem to be controlling the health care reform debate and misleading all those gullible Americans, the ones who really need health care reform for the betterment of their lives and the lives of their families, but who have bought into right wing lies and propaganda. Well, civil rights groups and Latinos, I guess it's better late then never.

Posted by: alesterp | October 6, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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