Health care advocacy group spending $5 million to aid Davids, seven other swing-district Democrats

Ad focuses on surprise health bills, insulin price cap and other medication prices

By: - April 14, 2022 8:46 am
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat seeking re-election in November, is benefactor of health advocacy organization's $5 million advertising push in support of her and seven other swing-state Democrats in the U.S. House. (Allison Kite/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat seeking re-election in November, is benefactor of health advocacy organization’s $5 million advertising push in support of her and seven other swing-state Democrats in the U.S. House. (Allison Kite/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — An advocacy group supportive of the Affordable Care Act and opposed to escalation of medicine prices launched a $5 million campaign lauding the work of U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and seven other House Democrats.

Protect Our Care, a Democratic leaning organization with former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as an advisory board member, made the investment in House swing districts in recognition of the bipartisan appeal of reform designed to control the cost of medical services.

The commercial for Davids highlights her support for a law that went into effect this year banning surprise medical bills, her advocacy for a $35 per month cap on the cost of insulin that passed the U.S. House in March and her backing of legislation granting Medicare officials authority to negotiate lower medication prices.

“Americans want Congress to get things done and lawmakers like Rep. Davids are working to lower premium costs, reduce drug prices, expand coverage and improve health care for families across the nation,” said Leslie Dach, chair of Protect Our Care.

Sebelius was secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department from 2009 through 2014, a period featuring introduction of the ACA by President Barack Obama. She said Davids stood up in Congress for working people by championing the lowering of health care expenditures.

“Lawmakers like Rep. Davids are delivering real results, working across the aisle when they can,” Sebelius said. “They will not stop until every American can afford quality health care.”

Ads in the Protect Our Care series were created for broadcast and cable television, streaming services and digital platforms.

Davids, who serves the 3rd District of Johnson and Wyandotte counties, is seeking re-election in November. The new congressional district map, which is under legal challenge, would remove the northern half of Wyandotte County from the district for benefit of likely Republican nominee Amanda Adkins.

Adkins, who worked in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback, recently received an endorsement of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who served in the administration of President Donald Trump. Haley’s endorsement was packaged with criticism of President Joe Biden.

“As a businesswoman, Amanda Adkins knows how to make tough decisions and as a mom she knows D.C. needs a dose of Kansas commonsense,” Haley said. “She’s never shied away from standing up for freedom and truth. She’s exactly the type of leader we need to reverse Biden’s failed policies. I can’t wait to see her shake up Washington.”

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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