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Insurance Industry Lobbying Group To Spend Seven Figures On First PR Campaign Salvo

AHIP, the insurance industry interest group that lobbies for insurance interests on the Hill and elsewhere, is launching its first PR salvo into the health care debate.

According to Politico, they are spending seven figures to do it.

And they’ve launched a super-swell website touting an "American Solution" to healthcare that, inadvertently I’m sure, fails to mention any public option or single payer perspective. I haven’t been able to find it mentioned, anyway.

Go figure.

But the images in the AHIP ad sure are feel-good America. So they can’t be all bad, right?

I mean, they are willing to throw every lobbyist they can hire — paid for with your premium dollars — to weasel around the Hill and make certain their insurance industry profits interests are covered. (Imagine if they put that effort into encouraging preventative care, instead?)

So what’s the point of this ad campaign? Trying to reverse their image of greedy, grasping, concerned with profits and the bottom line at the expense of the people they insure.

Because that piss poor, greedy image is hurting their bottom line at the moment. And driving the 76% of Americans who support real health care reform to do the once-thought impossible thing: calling, faxing, and contacting their elected representatives and demanding something better.

In short, all of your calls are scaring the bejeebers out of the insurance industry. Because they are forcing the conversation to include the public’s interest.

Keep it up! Use our citizen whip tool. Because the insurance industry doesn’t want you to…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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