From NBC's Mark Murray
As Politico reports, a strange-bedfellows alliance -- consisting of the American Medical Association, Families USA, the Federation of American Hospitals, PhRMA, and SEIU -- is launching a $12 million advertising blitz supporting President Obama's plans to overhaul the health-care system.
"The group is likely to be the biggest spender in support of health reform. The campaign will serve as a counterweight to the critics at town meetings, which are getting saturation news coverage while Congress is out of town," Politico says. "In a reversal from former President Bill Clinton's 1993-94 health-care debacle, the group's campaign is likely to mean that White House supporters keep the upper hand on the airwaves."
Meanwhile, the liberal-leaning group Health Care for America Now is now expanding its TV ad to run in the congressional districts represented by Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire (PA), Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), and Rick Boucher (VA). The first two of those three are Blue Dog members. The ad also will run statewide in New Mexico (Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman) and Delaware (Democratic Sen. Tom Carper).
Finally, as we mentioned earlier this morning, the National Republican Congressional Committee has a TV ad hitting Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen on health care.