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New NEA health care ads: Enough talk. Enough blame. Do what’s right for millions of uninsured children.

WASHINGTON - February 22, 2010 -

The National Education Association today launched a new advertising campaign urging lawmakers to put politics aside and do what is right for millions of uninsured children.  Both print and radio ads will run this week.  The ads send a message to lawmakers as they head into the White House summit on health care on Feb. 25.

“As teachers, we often give students make-up tests,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the 3.2 million-member NEA. “Now lawmakers have the same opportunity.”

The radio ads will run Feb. 22-25 in the districts of seven lawmakers expected to attend the White House meeting Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The print ads will run Feb. 24 and 25 in The Hill, Roll Call and Politico.

The advertisements highlight the fact that America’s children need health care reform now. They talk about the millions of children who come to school every day without health insurance and rely on the emergency room as their only access to medical services. The ads assert: There’s been enough talk about who’s to blame, about who’s up, and who’s down in the health care debate. The White House summit on health care should not be about keeping score or creating headlines. The print ad closes saying, “Enough talk. Enough blame. Do what’s right for millions of uninsured children.”
“We need meaningful, quality health care reform to help millions of uninsured children,” added Van Roekel. “We hope lawmakers will leave the White House meeting renewed and reenergized to get back to work on this critical issue.”

View the print ad here:

Listen to the radio ad here:

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Ramona Parks-Kirby  (202) 822-7823,