July 15th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama’s political team targets Democrats

A new ad Wednesday targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.
A new ad Wednesday targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.

(CNN) – President Obama’s political operation will begin running television ads Wednesday targeting fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans urging them to support the president’s call for health care reform this year.

The 30-second TV commercial will run in eight states: Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio for two weeks, according to a preview of the ad provided to CNN by Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA).

The commercial, which features five people discussing health care problems, will also run on national cable television, in Washington, D.C., and online, according to OFA, which is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.

The ad running in the eight states does not mention the senators by name, but it does ask viewers to call Capitol Hill, and provides the telephone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard. Two of the states, Arkansas and North Dakota, are represented by a pair of Democratic senators, while the six remaining states are represented by centrist Democrats and Republicans. The commercial that is running nationally follows the same script, but it does not ask people to call their senators.

Stewart said the people in the commercial “were among hundreds of thousands of people who shared their stories with OFA.” Next week, OFA will hold news conferences, town halls and other grassroots events to shine a spotlight on healthcare reform, a major domestic priority for Obama. The president has called on Congress to deliver a healthcare reform bill by October.

Full script follows

"It's Time"Woman 1: My son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He's four.

Man 1: When I lost my job, I lost my health insurance too.

Woman 2: My health insurance wouldn't fully cover me when I got sick.

Man 2: My father in-law walks with a limp because he didn't have health care.

Woman 3: My husband's job covered us, until he was laid off.

Man 1: It's time.

Woman 2: It's time.

Man 2: It's time.

Woman 1: It's time for health care reform.

VO: The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

CHYRON: It's time for health care reform. Join the fight: healthcare.barackobama.com

[State Version]: CHYRON: It's time for health care reform.


Filed under: Health care • OFA
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Cari Solo

    I agree the DNC needs to put pressure on fellow democrats before we the people vote them out for doing nothing and being cowards.

    July 15, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These are just some of the reasons why there need to be a way to subscribe to an insurance plan that goes with you no matter who your employer is. I would hope that there could be a way to have a plan that is partial employer and partial something else that sticks with the individual. I just don't know how to make it work as of now.

    July 15, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Jaz in Chitown

    Don't you people realize that this legistlation will FINE you if you decline a health coverage package? They want to tell you what you should do. I know many of you think it is a good idea but, when will it stop. Isn't this a choice that should be left to the individual. Maybe it's a good idea to have health insurance, maybe it's a waste of money – that is not the big picture. The big picture is that the government wants more control of your lives. Sure, health insurance could be improved but, if health insurance is a right, shouldn't we have the right to decline it?
    Besides, look at these horrible messages their sending us. What is with using these fear tatics to get people to vote one way without examining alternatives. It would be better for everyone if health care was more affordable, but it will be worse for everyone if we jump on the first idea that comes along. Call your representative and senator and tell them that we the people don't want them controlling our lives.

    July 15, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Jeff in Atlanta

    man 1: I need treatment or I will die
    government: I don't think you need treatment. We know what's best.
    Man 1 dies
    government: whoops, but he had health care under our plan.

    man 1: I think my doctor is wrong. I want a second opinion
    government: you don't need one. We know what's best for you.
    Man 1 dies
    government: whoops! but at least he had health care

    politician who can think for himself: I am not sure government getting involved with healthcare is such a good idea. just look at what we did to the banking industry
    obama: destroy him!

    (obama supporters once again blindly follow)

    July 15, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Jerry

    November 2010, we WILL work to clean out all in Congress who vote to ram Obamacare anc "cap & Trade" down our throats.

    July 15, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Mike Jones

    If this does not work. You can always have the campaign funds pulled and Have Queen Pelosi pull them from their key positions in the House,.... (Chairmanships, etc......). If all else fails. Pull the stimulus funds from their congressional districts and threaten them by having Obama support other Democratic candidates in their districts.. There are a lot of things Obama and Pelosi can do them. You can even sick the Media on them.....

    July 15, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Dave

    Socialism is here!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Kelby In Houston, TX

    As much as I love my blue dog elected officials, we can not allow them to stand in the way of universal healthcare. These conserv-a-dems in The Senate have been tainted by lobbyists. Their campaign coffers are lined with their cash and their votes against The American People show where their loyalties lie...and it's not with us.

    This is the same group of people who voted to bail out the banks and to bail out the auto industry, but refused to bail out the american home owner. This is the same group of people who refused to help people who are drowning in debt and subsequently bringing down the economy all because of their relationship with lobbyists. If these people derail or hender our attempt to gain Universal Healthcare....the Obama supporters will come after them and replace them with someone who is ready to help push this agenda forward. We are still here

    July 15, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. volkan

    i from turkey our hospitals for free health care i dont undustand why a lot of money in this country

    July 15, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. mary

    It's time for healthcare reform, but certainly NOT a plan run by the government and this administration. They couldn't even keep Medicare/Medicaid above water. Haven't we learned that anything the government touches turns to sludge? They are all about themselves. They would NEVER be on this health plan, but they want us to suffer under it. Our nation is 1 trillion dollars in debt and this plan will cost the taxpayer another 1.5 trillion and where is this money going to come from? The unemployment rate is already in the double digits and rising. Vote all of them out and start from scratch in 2010!!

    July 15, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Ralph

    Obama has the best propaganda machine since the Third Reich *,

    * Hitler’s regime (for those many Obama supporters that did not stay in school).

    I do not have room here to discuss the many other similarities.

    July 15, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Roland

    This is what as american need to have, The issue with health care should not only be for the few,but for all american citizen.If other country can provide health care for her citizens,why america the riches country in the world can not provide hearth care for all american.

    July 15, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Brian Buchholz

    It is time. I support the proposed reforms, and would even prefer national single payer.

    July 15, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Hopeful Optimist

    Indeed, it's time.

    July 15, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    There seems to be a lot more politically motivated TV ads these days. Seems a bit Big Brother-ish to me.

    July 15, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. no thank you

    It's time...to bankrupt america further

    July 15, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. gt

    those adds wont play to the voters ... these adds are bogus and the voters know it.... thank god the blue dogs wont follow nancy and the other lemmings off the face of the cliff.....

    July 15, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Obama's agenda is unstoppable

    Obama will see this country through to affordable healthcare for all. He has the majority in both houses and a majority of americans believe in this cause. Obama has done more in 6 months than repubs have done in 8 yrs...

    yes... whine and complain with no solutions right wingnuts ...and let the wealthy insurance companies dictate our healthcare options...GOP you have been striped naked...

    July 15, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Its time we take old people out the pastor.. sorry ole yeller..

    July 15, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Willy Brown

    It's all about keeping them on the plantation

    July 15, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. No one famous

    Gee I wonder if any of the people interviewed for this understand that the program will cost $1.5 TRILLION. And just how are we going to pay for it? Let's see, 1) tax my health care benefits and 2) borrow more money from the Chinese. Great solution! Simply put, we cannot afford this plan.

    July 15, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Dianne

    Healtcare is a very important issue that takes time and planning to establish a system that works. I feel they are throwing this together to fast without proper time and planning, just like they threw the stimulus package together. This is going to cost a tremendous amount of money that taxes won't cover due to so many people out of work. The government has a issue with funding Social Security and Medicare. How are they going to fund Universal Health Care?

    July 15, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    With at least 2000 mandates, and 900 penalties, and a starting
    estimate of 1.2 TRILLION dollars in cost, tax increases... Obama's
    plan is a travesty for every single American. Obama doesn't even
    know who the 'un-insured' really are. We have Medicare, Medicaid,
    and schip. In Tennessee they have Tenn-Care which is an abomination to those who have it. Do you really want to find yourself
    in a pool of the masses, swimming frantically and waiting for the
    government to get around to throwing you a life preserver? Do you
    like the way the govt runs the Post Office, Social Security, the AG
    Bailout, the Stimulas package, and Energy issues? Obama has added over 20 CZARS already, creating a level of government that
    is not accountable to anyone but him. The ALTERNATIVE (Republican Plan) is reasonable, REDUCES cost, protects the right to choose, and
    provides a means for the un-insured to buy their own health coverage.

    Go to any government operated Health Clinic, take a number, take a
    look around and get a preview of Obama Care. Then go home, and
    disinfect yourself, and contact YOUR Congressmen and tell them
    to Just say NO WAY to the Obama's regimes UN-health care plan.

    We shall overcome!!!

    July 15, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Melissa

    Finally. Its about time he wooed the Democrats to get his 60 seat majority vote and quit worrying about the Republicans who are meaningless anyway.

    July 15, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Doug, New Jersey

    9 months for arthritis treatment in the UK, that's what national health care means to you.

    Notice that liberals will not address the real problems with health care in this nation. Frivolous lawsuits from liberals require that doctors pay a 6 figure amount for insurance just to practice medicine. Lots of times libs that are lying will get a sum of money that is 1,000x's more than lib would be capable of making over their entire life. We also need to address these people who are going into emergency rooms for paper cuts, and those who are faking illnesses just to get out of work or to get drugs. Democrats will never address these major contributors to the high cost of care in this country, for these types of immoral activities are common amongst the electorate that votes Democrat. It is not like the republicans where their voter block consists almost entirely of honest, respectful, decent, Americans who truly do make a positive impact on society.

    July 15, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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