Health Care22 February 2017

American Action Network Shares Elizabeth’s Obamacare Story in $2.2 Million Campaign

WASHINGTON – The American Action Network (@AAN) today announced a new $2.2 million issue advocacy campaign to urge lawmakers to continue fighting for patient-centered healthcare reform, featuring a California woman’s personal account of how she and her family have been affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over the next two weeks, the TV ad will air nationally on FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN and in 21 congressional districts nationwide. See the full list of 21 districts and media markets here.

The ad shares the story of Elizabeth Jacinto, a married mother of three children with a fourth on the way. Despite President Obama’s repeated promises that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” Elizabeth lost both her doctor and health insurance due to Obamacare. Under her new plan, Elizabeth could not keep the doctor she trusted and had delivered her first two children. More, once she was forced to find a new doctor to give birth to her third baby, a system glitch canceled her family’s plan leaving them uninsured for four months.  During this time, Elizabeth’s family couldn’t go to the doctor, her newborn missed immunizations, and her husband had to delay a previously scheduled surgery.

“Elizabeth’s story is a clear message to all lawmakers that Obamacare has simply failed families across the country,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director. “Hope is what many families like the Jacintos had for Obamacare until it led to the loss of health coverage and trusted doctors, despite Obamacare’s promises to the contrary.  AAN will continue its aggressive efforts to remind lawmakers about the real failures of Obamacare and urge them to continue fighting for patient-centered healthcare reform.”

This is AAN’s largest TV advertising buy to date and builds on a previously announced $5.2 million in advertising on Obamacare repeal and replace. The campaign includes a 60-second and 30-second version of the ad that will run on TV and online platforms. AAN has been a vocal supporter of attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare since the law was passed in 2010.

ELIZABETH: With three children and a fourth on the way,

Health care is extremely important to our family

When Obamacare was first coming out I was hopeful that it was going to work out for our family,

And what ended up happening was an absolute nightmare.

We were arbitrarily kicked off our plan, we didn’t have access to health care.

And with a young child you always worry in the back of your mind, what if something happens, what if something goes wrong.

He couldn’t receive his immunizations for several months, I didn’t have access to my ob-gyn.

We had to delay my husband’s knee surgery it was one disaster after another for my family.

We need to have an option that allows all Americans a better plan and better health insurance,

To have deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums be reasonable,

And for people to get the coverage they want and need.

That’s why we need to move forward with a new plan that Republicans are putting forward

I support the Republicans’ effort to fix healthcare for the American people.

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Ruth Guerra

Communications Director