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Desaulnier Pledges to Fight Special Interests and Work with President Obama to Pass Universal Health Care

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Location: Walnut Creek, CA

Desaulnier Pledges to Fight Special Interests and Work with President Obama to Pass Universal Health Care

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.

The script of the ad "Get Real" is as follows:

Health care for all. It's time to get real.
Mark DeSaulnier is running for Congress to make health care affordable for everyone.
He'll work with President Obama to hold down medical costs.
No higher rates for pre-existing conditions and lower rates for small business and individuals.
Mark DeSaulnier - a leader on health care in the state legislature.
Ready to do what's right.

The ad starts running tomorrow on cable television throughout the 10th congressional district.

DeSaulnier, a Democrat, has been endorsed by former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, Congressman George Miller, Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, and over a dozen local labor unions and over two dozen local elected officials.

DeSaulnier is a candidate for former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher's seat in the 10th Congressional District. Tauscher retired from Congress in June.

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