The health care ad wars reignited on Friday with the release of a new spot urging Sen. Chuck Grassley to drop his opposition to a public plan for health insurance.
The group Health Care for America Now, which has been pushing for a reform effort to be completed within the next year, put out the spot in anticipation of Monday's White House Regional Health Care Forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
Titled "Iowa Health Care Choice," the ad doesn't mention the Iowa Republican by name. But the narrator of the spot, a registered Iowan nurse by the name of Teresa Cooley, does make the case that opposition to a public health insurance plan (which the Senator has expressed) would ultimately result in less coverage and higher costs for recipients.
"Private health insurance companies have been in control for too long," says Cooley. "They decide who can see, what's covered and what's not."
The ad, which will air in Iowa from Saturday through Tuesday, comes a few weeks after Grassley, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, told President Obama at the White House Health Summit that he was against a public plan.