The Mark DeSaulnier for Congress campaign released its first TV ad of the congressional race today. The ad touts DeSaulnier's focus on passing universal health care when he is in Congress, making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. DeSaulnier is the first candidate in the congressional race to go up on television.
"As special interests spend millions of dollars trying to derail President Obama's health care reform this summer, I am campaigning on fighting those special interests and working with President Obama to pass health care reform when I am in Congress," said DeSaulnier. "I have spent my career working to increase access to health care services for the residents of the 10th Congressional District, and I will continue that work in Washington D.C."
DeSaulnier has a long record of working to increase access to quality health care. As a county supervisor, he introduced a women's health program that included the construction of five new Women's Health Centers to serve the health care needs of all women. He was also the deciding vote to save the county hospital when it was threatened with closure that would have denied thousands of residents access to health care.
In the legislature, he co-authored bills to establish a single-payer health care system in California and to expand coverage for all Californians. In addition, he served as a member of the Speaker's Health Care Reform Working Group and introduced 10 health related bills in topics ranging from smoking to drug abuse to disease prevention.