Harry And Louise Flip Flop On Health Care

Harry and Louise are back, but this time they’re saying that “the status quo is no longer an option.”

Fifteen years after falsely suggesting that President Clinton’s efforts to reform the health care system would undermine existing coverage and leave health care decisions in the hands of government bureaucrats, Harry and Louise — now “older and wiser” — are demanding that the next president “bring everyone to the table and make [health reform] happen.”

Watch both the 1993 and 2008 ads:

Former opponents of Clinton’s health reform locked arms with the plan’s proponents to finance the new ads, which will run on CNN, MSNBC, and Comedy Central during the Democrat and Republican conventions.

The effort is co-sponsored by the Cancer Action Network, American Hospital Association, The Catholic Health Association, Families USA, and the National Federation of Independent Business and is also supported by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the insurance industry front group behind the original advertisements.

AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni openly admitted her organization’s change of heart at the unveiling of the new ad and promised to “strongly support the coalition’s activity”:

This is a very different time [than 1993] and we are making a strong commitment…to work collaboratively [with this group].