September 26th, 2007
05:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Ads target top Dems during debate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An association of doctors and nurses will air commercials criticizing the top three Democratic presidential candidates' health care plans during Wednesday night's debate.

The ads, paid for by the California Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee and Physicians for a National Health Plan, specifically target Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York and former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina. They attack the candidates for including the option for Americans to choose their own private health insurance as part of their universal coverage plans.

"Being better than the Republicans on health care reform is simply not good enough," said Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of CNA/NNOC. "All the candidates' proposals keep the insurance companies at the apex of power, and the health care industry uses their enormous wealth in lobbying and campaign contributions to corrupt the public debate."

The ads will run during the debate on MSNBC in Washington, D.C. and in New Hampshire and on the New England Cable Network.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. fred

    Correction the Liberal Association of Nurses and Doctors. Must have been a CNN typo.

    September 26, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    This is another political stunt by the Republicans. I hope all of the Republicans enjoyed watching George at the elementary school speaking. " All Childrens....." I guess they forgot to give him his speech, so he tried it on his own and once again made a fool of himself.

    September 26, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    ug. all you libs can talk about is health care, health care, health care. I do think basic medical services are something a city can give to people who are in trauma. But health insurance is your own game. After all, people have money for DVD's , going to restaurants, vacations, fast food, etc., but can't pony up a hundred dollars for insurance premiums? shows you people's priorities.

    September 26, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Grover Fairfield, Ohio

    From what your article says, I agree with them. We need a single payer system, and we need to put the choke collar back on Big Pharma.

    What is being proposed is a small step in the right direction, but the doctors and nurses have got it right.

    September 26, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Grover Fairfield, Ohio

    In response to "ronnie – knoxville, tn", my entire DVD collection would not pay one month of insurance premiums for my wife and I. $100.00 would maybe pay for 4 days of insurance. When I lost my job a year ago, the COBRA was $750.00 a month. Individual insurance that was comprable to what we have would be over $1000.00

    September 26, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    All people do not have money to spend on DVD's, going to restaurants, vacations, fast food, etc. What planet are you from ronnie? Must be a republican...can't see the forest through the trees! America needs a national health care plan to cover all people. I am in favor of the plan Canada and France have...yes, it does work..our leaders are lying to us. With 46 plus million americans without health insurance in this country, it is a disgrace. Pharmacutical companies, doctors, AMA, insurance companies are all making the big buck while fellow americans die due to lack of insurance coverage. Shame on america, shame on the politicians.

    September 26, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Roger , Uhrichsville, Ohio

    Hey Coach, You forgot to put Rep. John Boehner on your list.

    September 27, 2007 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Coach Haughton

    You are teaching your children to dislike a political party based on? Toss your Democrat/Republican rhetoric out the door for a second – you make some good points but they are tarnished with partisan rants. I agree that we need someone in office that is socially liberal and will nominate Supreme Court Justices who will uphold abortion rights – I agree – so...we need to remove all the right the Republican side – that leaves Giuliani....good so far....then we need to choose someone who had no part in rising insurance costs (sorry cannot live in a 35000 sq foot mansion paid for with settlement money from insurance companies...and claim that you are not part of the problem) – then you need to choose someone who is fiscally responsible....(sorry both healthcare plans will drastically increase taxes – Obama admits to that...while Hillary does not...without addressing the underlying cause of high insurance premiums...and unionized labor) – so....that leaves...Giuliani....even though he's one of those evil Republicans that people in the blogs talk about – he's the only moderate running – and he will win in 2008

    September 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Vinny,Oneonta,NY

    The California Nurses Assoc support a single payer Not For Profit healthcare system. Specifically, they favor H.R.676 authored by Conyers and Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich. The Media rated "top 3" all call for insurance companies to administrate. In a nutshell, any of those 3 plans will have you paying more and getting less.
    BTW, when the hospital I worked in closed my COBRA payments were $1000/month.My wife's medication that she needs to get to work everyday was cut back by the ins co. so we have to pay for the rest. If that wasn't bad enough, now the greedy bastards took the meds Off Their Formulary! Now in addition to paying the premiums, I may have to shell out another $900/month for prescriptions. If you want real healthcare reform, to get out of Iraq before 2013 and stay out of Iran- Vote Kucinich 2008!

    September 28, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |