OFA NH State Director Tim Arsenault on Health Insurance Industry's Efforts to Derail Reform

New Hampshire Organizing for America’s State Director Tim Arsenault released the following statement in response to the news that America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an insurance industry organization, has been soliciting funds from insurance companies to fund negative ads against health insurance reform while the companies publicly claimed to support it.  It is believed that between $10 and $20 million in insurance company funds have been used to support these ads.  Organizing for America (OFA) is a project of the Democratic National Committee committed to supporting President Obama’s agenda for change.

“Our fears have now been realized -- the health insurance companies have been working with their Republican allies in Congress to run a cloak and dagger campaign to kill health insurance reform. This is just another example of how far insurance companies will go to protect their bottom line, even if it means deceiving the American people and denying quality, affordable care to tens of thousands of Granite Staters.

“Insurance companies were able to stop reform of our nation’s health insurance system before, but the OFA volunteers across New Hampshire will not sit idly by and watch them try to block real change. The American people know we need reform now.  That’s why more than 2.5 million volunteers across the country and here in New Hampshire have been working tirelessly to pass real, meaningful and comprehensive health insurance reform. There is still more work to be done, and Organizing for America will continue building support for reform until Granite Staters get the health insurance coverage they deserve.”