TV Ad Hammers GOP Freshmen for Voting to Repeal Healthcare After Taking Industry Cash

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Washington, DC - A new television ad will begin airing Thursday in three Congressional districts, highlighting the votes of three newly elected members of Congress on health care repeal and the money they received from health and insurance interests in the 2010 election cycle. The ads will air in the districts of Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).

“These three members of Congress sided with the insurance companies and their donors, and against their constituents,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund. “They were elected to bring change to Washington, but this vote shows that wealthy special interests like the insurance companies still have all the power in Washington, D.C.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, legislation passed last year to reform the nation’s health care system. In the 2010 election, Rep. Renacci took $79,000 in campaign contributions from political action committees (PACs) and individuals connected with health care and insurance interests. Rep. Runyan took $54,000 and Rep. Walberg took $68,000.

“Congressman James Renacci, who took $79,000 from health and insurance interests, just voted to put big insurance companies back in charge of your health care,” the narrator reads in the ad set to run in Renacci’s northeast Ohio district. “So they can deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions, kick your kids off your plan, and jack up premiums. Is this the change we voted for?”

The ads and fact sheets are available at http://www.campaignmoney.org/ads/newyear/.

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