The health reform alliance Health Care for America Now (HCAN) has launched an ad campaign in states with conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans to pressure so-called centrists into support a public option in health care. Here’s the ad running in Delaware.
In addition to Tom Carper, the ad, running in six states, calls out Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen.Mike Johanns (R-NE), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN). According to a press release the group sent out today, the ad “names the Senators in each state who have not yet publicly signed on in support of a public health insurance option.”
That’s an interesting development. HCAN is an alliance of a number of groups, many of which have been reluctant to directly confront conservative Democrats ever since party leaders criticized progressive organizations for targeting House Blue Dogs and members of the loosely allied “Moderate Dems Caucus” in the Senate.