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Ads Take Issue With Health Law

News outlets report on various ad campaigns designed to criticize the Democrats' health law.  

The New York Times: Distaste For Health Care Law Reflects Spending On Ads
(Erika) Losse is precisely the kind of person President Obama's signature health care law is intended to help. She has no health insurance. She relies on her mother to buy her a yearly checkup as a Christmas gift, and she pays out of her own pocket for the rest of her medical care, including $1,250 for a recent ultrasound. But Ms. Losse, 33, a part-time worker at a bagel shop, is no fan of the law (Goodnough, 6/20).

The Associated Press: Women's Group Airs Ad Criticizing Health Care Law
A conservative women's group on Wednesday launched a $6 million ad campaign in presidential battleground states criticizing President Barack Obama's health care reform law. The 60-second ad from Concerned Women for America features a family physician, Ami Siems, warning that patients may be denied care under the new law and might not be able to choose their own doctor. Siems previously appeared in ads criticizing the health care reform proposal sponsored by another conservative group, Americans for Prosperity, in 2009 when the plan was being considered by Congress (Fouhy, 6/20).

CNN: Conservative Women's Group Takes Out Massive Ad Buy Against Obama
A conservative women's advocacy group on Wednesday announced a major ad buy aimed against President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform. ... The six states in the ad buy include Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wisconsin-three states that lean toward Obama, according to CNN's Electoral Map. The ad will also run in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Virginia, all of which fall under the "toss-up" category, according to CNN analysis (Killough, 6/20).

Des Moines Register: Conservative TV Ad In Iowa Features A Doctor Bashing Health Care Law
Starting today, Concerned Women for America will run $6 million in TV advertising criticizing the federal health care law. ... Concerned Women for America is a conservative public policy organization with a 30-year history of bringing "Biblical principles into all levels of public policy," its website says. In response, Obama’s Iowa campaign spokeswoman, Erin Seidler, said: "If Mitt Romney and his extreme conservative allies repeal Obamacare, they are going to have to answer to the 42,000 Iowans who have saved money on prescription drugs, 18,000 Iowans under 26 who can now stay on their parent’s insurance and the two million Iowans who no longer have to worry about lifetime caps or losing insurance when they get sick" (Jacobs, 6/20).

Meanwhile, Catholic leaders announced a campaign for religious liberty.

USA Today: Catholic Bishops Press Cause Against Federal Mandates
U.S. Catholic leaders, claiming religious liberty is under assault from the Obama administration, are launching two weeks of non-stop nationwide teaching, preaching and public events to press their cause. The campaign kicks off Thursday. Government, they say, should not decide who is religious enough to be exempt from government mandates — particularly a requirement to provide free contraception insurance coverage — that would force the faithful to violate church doctrine (Grossman, 6/21).

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