Dem officials set stage for corporate-backed health care campaign
At a meeting last April with corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and Sen.Max Baucus(D-Mont.) helped set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups, that has played a key role in bolstering public support for health care reform.
The result has been a somewhat unlikely alliance between an administration that came into power criticizing George W. Bush for his closeness to Big Business andgroupssuch as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the American Medical Association.
The previously undisclosed meeting April 15 at the offices of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee led to the creation of two groups — Americans for Stable Quality Care and a now-defunct predecessor group called Healthy Economy Now — that have spent tens of millions of dollars on TV advertising supporting health reform efforts.
In the most recent a sponsored by Americans for Stable Quality Care, Obamaspeaks directlyinto the camera for 60 seconds,extolling the virtuesof health care reform, while text at the bottom of the screen encourages viewers to visit the websites of the White House and the Finance Committee, whichthis week approveda 10-year, $829 billion health overhaul.
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