Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Harry and Louise: the Remix

Via Wonk Room. The ad largely credited with killing health care reform in the 1990s starred Harry and Louise, sitting at a kitchen table talking about how they didn't like health insurance plans drummed up by the "bureaucrats" in Washington:

But now, Harry and Louise are back, lobbying for health care reform:

The ad is funded by the Cancer Association Network, Families USA, the America's Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and--probably most surprising of all--the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business association that's historically been to the right of the Chamber of Commerce.

Small businesses seem to be terrified. They increasingly can't afford to pay for insurance plans and have joined major national coalitions in lobbying for universal coverage. It's an interesting shift in the health care debate, and seems to suggest that real change might be more possible than it was in the 1990s.

Cross posted at pushback.

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