Health Care Workers Point Out Budget Cut ‘Not Pretty’

Health care workers and hospitals in the state have launched another television ad in their fight to ward off Governor Paterson’s proposed $1 billion in cuts that’s included in his executive budget.

The powerful coalition of the Greater New York Hospital Association and health care workers’ union SEIU 1199 have had much success beating back proposed cuts (though, as they note, there have been cuts each year since 2007) in part due to aggressive ads. (The two groups have partnered with the governor to push the sugary beverage tax).

This ad, “Not Pretty,” doesn’t target the governor, as some have in the past, but focuses on the effects the budget plan would have on health care.

“Time and again, Albany has cut the care we rely on,” a male narrator says, as a patient in a wheelchair is left isolated by a disappearing set of health care workers. “That means fewer nurses, longer wait times, hospitals and nursing homes nearing bankruptcy. Even disappearing completely.

“Tell your state legislator, no more health care cuts. Enough is enough.”