‘Harry and Louise’ are back, with a Catholic-endorsed message

Harry and Louise are back, and this time the Catholic Health Association is among the groups endorsing their message on health care reform. The fictional couple, whose 1993-94 television ads financed by the Health Insurance Association of America helped to defeat the Clinton health care reform plan, now are urging the next president and Congress to make health care reform their top domestic priority.

In the 14 years since Harry and Louise first took to the airwaves, “the lack of access to health care has only worsened,” said Sister Carol Keehan, CHA president and CEO, at an Aug. 19 event at the National Press Club in Washington.

Joining her in endorsing the new spots were the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Hospital Association, Families USA and National Federation of Independent Business. Even the America’s Health Insurance Plans, formed from the 2003 merger of the Health Insurance Association of America and American Association of Health Plans, has signed on in support of the ads.

The TV spots will run on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and Comedy Central and on Sunday network talk shows Aug. 24 to Sept. 7, to cover both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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