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New TV ads criticize Tiberi on health care reform

The groups "Health Care for America Now" and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees unveiled a new television ad today targeting U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi of Columbus, who voted against the health care package while in committee last week. The ad features a woman walking through a middle-class neighborhood.

"I've never faced an enemy like cancer, but it's OK: I'm a fighter. Now I find out that Congressman Pat Tiberi voted against health care reform that would stop insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions like cancer."

Similar ads began running Thursday in five other cities around the country, all in districts represented by Republicans who voted against the health care plan in their respective committees. The Obama- and Democrat-backed legislation would create a government-sponsored alternative to private health insurance. The President often says "if you like it, you can keep it," meaning people can retain their private insurance if they want. Congressman Tiberi says he voted against the measure because that's not necessarily true.

"There are a lot of people in America today who like what they have, and that's why the president says it," Tiberi says. "And under this provision that we voted on last Friday, that I voted no on, if you like it you can't necessarily keep it."

Tiberi says that's because the bill would also create a new President-appointed Health Choices Commissioner, who would have to approve all health care plans.

The House is expected to cast a final vote on the measure next week.