Priorities USA Action Announces New Ad Focused on Health Care Featuring Ady Barkan

October 20, 2020

Priorities USA Action is announcing a new digital ad featuring Ady Barkan, a health care advocate and founder of Be a Hero, holding Donald Trump accountable for his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the health care of millions of Americans.

Living with ALS, Ady is one of the 133 million Americans who risk losing their health care coverage if Donald Trump successfully overturns the ACA and eliminates the protections put in place by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

ACA” will run on digital platforms in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin targeting persuadable voters. The ads feature Ady and his family, highlighting that Ady relies on the protections in the Affordable Care Act to access the health care that keeps him alive. Ady knows Donald Trump is committed to destroying everything he fights for. By contrast, under a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, tens of millions of Americans would have greater access to care.

Voters continue to cite health care as a top issue when they head to the polls, and Priorities has maintained a consistent focus on the issue. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the White House has failed to practice basic public health mitigation efforts recommended by the CDC and continues to pursue a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that would threaten access to care for millions of Americans. Donald Trump’s far-right nominee for the Supreme Court won’t even commit to upholding Medicare as constitutional.

“Ady Barkan is working every day to hold power to account and advocate for the millions of Americans who have inadequate or no access to affordable health care. Priorities is proud to highlight his message with voters in key states as Election Day draws near,” said Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA. “The health of the American people is on the line in this election, and there is only one candidate in the race who has a plan to expand health care access to millions of Americans. Joe Biden has promised to protect the Affordable Care Act and build on its progress while Donald Trump has made every effort to destroy the ACA with absolutely no plan to safeguard the health care of the American people. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a plan to protect our health care. We need them in the White House.”

“It should shock all of us that a president in the middle of a deadly pandemic is working overtime to take health care away from millions of people, but after four years it’s hard to be surprised by Trump’s cruelty,” Be a Hero President Liz Jaff said. “After promising working people over and over that he stood on their side, it’s clearer than ever that giving Trump another four years in the White House would put the lives of more Americans like Ady at risk. We need a president who will expand health care coverage and put people first. Together we’re going to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and end this chapter in American history.”