July 18th, 2009
04:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama political team turns its sights on House Dems

OFA's spot targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.

OFA's spot targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama’s political team is expanding its ad buy pressuring lawmakers to support the administration’s health care plan, adding 15 more markets as the president’s August target date for congressional passage of the package nears.

The 30-second TV ad from Organizing for America, the president’s political arm at the Democratic National Committee, is already airing in eight states - Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio – represented by moderate Republican and conservative Democratic senators the White House needs on board for any vote on the massive health care overhaul.

"It's Time" will now begin airing in the Savannah, Palm Springs, Seattle, Nashville, Bloomington, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Little Rock, Columbus, Marquette, Grand Rapids and Medford media markets, according to the DNC – all areas within districts represented by members of Congress who are viewed as swing votes on a key committee weighing the president’s plan. Four-fifths of those lawmakers are Democrats.

The ad - which features ordinary Americans relating health insurance difficulties they’ve faced - does not mention legislators by name, but does ask viewers to call Capitol Hill, and provides the telephone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard.

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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Hopefully someone can get the word out to the public that Republican politicians are lying about their opposition to health care overhaul. The Republican politicians are only interested in helping those companies who make money ripping-off working Americans. They are not interested in helping Americans get health care for less money, or making health care available to more Americans.

    July 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. C Denver

    Government insurance program will be another failure, money will be thrown into a program without benefits. Throwing money at something such as the Stimulus package looks good but in reality is an action not a resolution. Government takeover is the beginning to the end for America as we once knew it. Our President is not taken seriously by other leaders in the world and for good reason, shame on our leaders for the destruction of America.

    July 18, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. 60's survivor

    Obama is right!! he needs to take care of the problems the majority of us elected him for!

    July 18, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. jetty

    STOP the scare tactics and pass a Universal Heath Insurance that includes a Public Option plan.

    July 18, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Neutralizer

    Problem with DEMOCRAPS they hate it when you think for yourself, when you use common sense. There are many moderate and conservative democrats; I hope they'll stay strong and oppose this rationed healthcare Obambi, Pelosi, Reid, Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd are promoting. The model of Obamacare (sponsored by Kennedy-Dodd) is Universal Healthcare in Massachussetts. MA is dropping 30,000 LEGAL IMMIGRANTS from their Universal healthcare, the state cannot afford them anymore in spite of the fact these people paid-in to their universal healthcare. The CBO was right, it will INCREASE COST in healthcare if Obambi push for this FRAUD rationed healthcare.

    40 million Americans don't have healthcare coverage out of 270 million. Are the DEMOCRAPS stupid enough to take away insurance from 270 millions and give it to 40 millions uninsured and underinsured? The effect of OBAMACARE can be felt right away in the job market, small businesses will be hardest hit which is the biggest JOB CREATOR. When you kill the goose that lay the golden eggs, where the federal govt will get revenue for their rationed healthcare?

    July 18, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. GIBBS

    i really think the mesiah is going to lose the health care battle. too bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe he will become more realistic like the rest of the population...........................

    July 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. offwallst

    By next November Obama will be be a lame duck

    July 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. cyrixlord

    I think that whenever congress comes up with what they think is the ideal health plan, THEY SHOULD THEN USE IT THEMSELVES. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right? At least then we'll know that they thought about quality...

    Presently they are covered by private health care plans.

    July 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Obama and the democraps passed an $800 billiion porkulus plan without reading it.

    Obama and the democraps then passed a $1 trillion Cap & Tax bill without reading it.

    Now Obama wants the democraps to pass a $2 trillion health plan that even the Congressional Budget Office says will only increase health care costs again without reading it. (Doubt that Obama has read it either).

    While Obama's using taxpayer money to sightsee around the globe, his policies leave America bankrupt, increase unemployment, do nothing to contain global warming, do nothing for energy indepence, and do nothing for health care.

    The only constituents that Obama has attended to in his time as president has been the people that hate America.

    By far, bar none, the worst President the US has ever seen.

    July 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Peoples Voice

    Didn't the same Repugs who are saying we need to slow down so people can understand what's in the health care bill the same ones who bum-rushed the so called Patriot Act?

    That bill shredded our Constitutional rights and gave unlimited power to the Executive branch. This nation may never fully recover from that piece of crap.

    These are same Repugs who kept their mouths shut when their Wall St and banker buddies received 100's of billions of dollars from the tax payers.

    Why object now? That's right. Because this bill would help average Americans. These people really and truly hate this country.

    July 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The Republican math goes thus:2.5trillion dollars for unjustefied wars are less than 1trillion dollars to keep americans healthy. Keeping americans safe also means keeping americans healthy,

    July 18, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. joe

    If we don't fix healthcare, in some solid meaningful fashion, it will, without a doubt, bury us, Welcome to the third world, America, unless you can get congress to get off its fat ass and do something.

    July 18, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Virginia

    I don't understand why there is a problem!
    They keep saying that it will cost $1 trillion over the next 10 years ($100 billion a year).


    The Bush tax cut for the rich has cost us $300 billion per year, or $3 trillion over 10 years, and the congress didn't gripe about that! Since the rich tax cut comes to an end next year, the government would be able to fund the health care and have $200 billion left over !!!!


    And noone is talkiing about what all of the uninsured having to go to the hospital or emergency ward, because they have to wait until they get really sick is costing the government (that's us)!

    Write your Senator and tell them we must afford this!!! Cleaning up all the other messes Bush and Cheney left behind (Iraq, Blackwater, and other graft, etc.,etc.) will save the government (us again) much more still.

    PLEASE, WE MUST DO THIS!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Rebbez

    Well,I don't must to say because i'm sure that every goverment on every nation always do the best for their country.

    July 18, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Biased

    So it seems the threats and bullying haven't left the WH even with its new occupant. Why also do Congress have to be afraid of not meeting Obama's self imposed deadline? Who exactly changed the rules that the Congress is now the arm that does the bidding of jumping and asking how high as the orders flow from the WH? Are we down to 2 co-equal branches now rather than 3? Perhaps do you think that Congress might read the bill first before they finally pass it this time or is that asking too much?

    July 18, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. D. Tree

    Senators and Congressmen get a public option for THEIR health insurance and they are quite happy with it! Why are they standing in the way of MY CHOICE?

    If they don't want to let regular Americans have the choice for a public option, they should voluntarily relinquish their own plans!

    July 18, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Tom Bachman

    Call your Congressman & Senators....tell them NO!!!! to this massive power grab. If you want to keep your health insurance, this plan will FORCE you to the "public option", where Washington decides your level of care, providers and costs.

    July 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Dee

    Yes, support this plan, because as the President repeatedly reminds us: the status quo is not acceptable.

    Like – if you're driving "unacceptably" close to the edge of a cliff, don't impede a plan to drive over the edge. Because the status quo is unacceptable.

    July 18, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Neilz

    What's wrong with just slowing down and taking a good long look at this? The debate seems far from resolved, and moving too quickly just adds credence to future statements like, "We underestimated this....," or "We just couldn't foresee that....,".
    If we can afford to sit around and wait for the Recovery to reach jobs and the housing market, we can afford to take a little more time on this. Just like we maybe should have looked a little closer at giving billions away to Goldman Sachs.

    July 18, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Sam Sixpack

    The ad does not "feature ordinary Americans," it depicts carefully selected anecdotal evidence. Wouldn't be much of a commercial if it featured ordinary Americans – now would it?

    July 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. AJ

    If it'ssuch a fabulous bill, why should he have to pressure his own party to support it? As I lifelong Democrat, I think this President is a disaster. the Democrats version of GW Bush.

    July 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. CS

    When Obama tells you if you like your plan, you can keep it. What a lie!!! If your employer decides to go to the public plan, you can not go out and get a private plan. You will have to go on the public plan. I have never seen such dishonesty! He wants it rammed down our throat,so we won't know what is in it. It is not called "chatter" but debate Obama!

    July 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Scare tactics 101. If you don’t pass this we will not give you any campagin money. You politicians better stand up for your people and not Obummer’s if you do disagree.

    July 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Poker_Person

    This president has gone from a cool calculating review the data kind of guy to a "we have to do it now or else" doomsayer. What in the world is this all about? Has he lost is mind or is he surrounded by, and listening to, socialist that want to change this country forever? It’s very scary how things are moving so quickly without much debate.

    July 18, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. jp,michigan

    It's a sad day for the Democratic party when it turns on it's self to help the President get what HE WANTS. To bad what the President wants is not what the majority of independent Americans want! This White House and members on the Hill want more spending with money they do not have. Regulation of Health insurance companies so that more jpeole can afford health care just maybe a simplier way!

    July 18, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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