“Washington politicians are at it again with another disastrous healthcare repeal bill that raises costs and cuts coverage for millions,” the ad says.
According to filings with the Federal Communications Commission, the ad will be running on WCAU beginning today and running through Thursday. PoliticsPA has not been able to find how much money is being spent on the ad buy.
Ad buys that are this short and on only one network are often used to more to generate media coverage than move the needle of support for an issue.
According to a press release from the AHS announcing an ad campaign in December 2016, the alliance consists of “1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Center for the Independence of the Disabled of NY, Community Catalyst, Community Service Society of NY, Doctors for America, Families USA, Medicare Rights Center, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Physicians Alliance, Network for Patient Advocacy, New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System, Physicians for a National Health Program, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Service Employees International Union, and the United Spinal Association.”
The Washington Post reports that the AHS is part of a “mammoth coalition to defend Obamacare” organized by liberal groups.
Update: Costello’s campaign responded to the ad.
“Congressman Costello is one the strongest advocates for patients and access to healthcare in congress. Too often scare tactics and misleading attacks from liberal front groups such as this only serve to hinder meaningful debate on on important subjects as healthcare,” Costello campaign senior adviser Vincent Galko said in an email.
You can view the ad below.