Women's group airs ad criticizing health care law

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

"Everyone agreed we needed reforms, but this new health care law just isn't fixing things," Siems says. "President Obama promised my patients that they could keep me. But what if because of this new law I can't keep them?"

The spot will run in top presidential battleground states including Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also will air in Minnesota and New Mexico, two states not considered quite as competitive.

Opposition to the health care law, narrowly passed by Democrats in Congress in 2010, has been a major rallying cry for conservatives. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether the law— particularly the so-called individual mandate requiring everyone to purchase health insurance — is constitutional.

CWA spokeswoman Alice Stewart said the group was running the ads now because of the pending court decision.

"We thought it was a good time to remind people of the broken promises from the president with regard to the health care plan," Stewart said.

The ad was released by CWA's Legislative Action Committee, an arm of the organization considered a social welfare group under federal tax law. Such groups are not required to disclose their donors.

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