August 19, 2008

‘Harry and Louise’ Icons Return to Promote Health Care Reform in New Ad

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Harry and Louise, the iconic couple featured in ads to defeat health care reform in 1993-1994, will be back on television to demand that health care reform return to the top of the agenda.

Airing throughout the Democratic and Republican conventions, the famous couple at the kitchen table will remind America that they are still waiting "for a better way." In light of the growing health care affordability crisis in the U.S. and the lack of coverage for many Americans, they will promote health care reform as the top domestic priority for the next President and Congress.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Catholic Health Association (CHA), Families USA, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), organizations with historically divergent views about health care reform, have come together to sponsor the advertisement.

   WHAT:   Unveiling of health care television ad featuring the return of           "Harry and Louise" and the need for health care reform    WHERE:  Holeman Lounge, National Press Club    WHEN:   Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. EDT    WHO:    *Daniel E. Smith, President           American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network            *Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO           American Hospital Association            *Sister Carol Keehan, President and CE           Catholic Health Association            *Ron Pollack, Executive Director           Families USA            *Todd Stottlemyer, President and CEO           National Federation of Independent Business            **Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of America's Health Insurance             Plans, will also speak.     CONTACTS:     Steve Weiss, ACS CAN (202) 661-5711    Jennifer Armstrong Gay, AHA (202) 626-2342    Fred Caesar, CHA (202) 721-6321    Dave Lemmon, Families USA (202) 628-3030    Stephanie Cathcart, NFIB (202) 314-2056  

American Hospital Association

CONTACT: Jennifer Armstrong Gay of American Hospital Association,+1-202-626-2342; or Steve Weiss of American Cancer Society Cancer ActionNetwork, +1-202-661-5711; or Fred Caesar of Catholic Health Association,+1-202-721-6321; or Dave Lemmon of Families USA, +1-202-628-3030; or StephanieCathcart of National Federation of Independent Business, +1-202-314-2056, allfor American Hospital Association