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. John

    I am an independent who voted against the republicans. This health care bill stinks. Universal opportunity to affordable health care is vitally important but this proposal is dead wrong. Government needs to find a way to take a passive role. Keep it private but affordable. Government in an active role has never worked in the history of this country. How well does social security work? It doesn't.
    Start by fixing the Tort system and the outrageous settlements that we all pay for. Going to the doctor and accepting advice or a service is a risk just like anything else. You accept , you risk. Hopefully it works out. That is why they go to school and certification.
    Keep it private and fix the judicial system BUT make iot accessible by all. That is what I voted for NOT a nationally run system for anyone.

    July 18, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Grrr-awful-o

    I don't remember another administration that 1) used TV ads to try to campaign for it's own policies, or 2) worked so hard to keep it's own party in line. Welcome to Big Bro socialism in Amerika. And you did it!

    July 18, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Mike

    Here's a theory - many people who support the idea of government health care don't really believe that things will be better. Their motivation is "everyone will be given the same priority and treatment options", in other words EQUALITY is the plum. The problem with this thinking, of course, is that it is not true. Do they really think the elites in the government, the media, and Hollywood will have to wait for months for procedures like the rest of us? The biggest lie yet is "you can keep your health care plan if you like it." As soon as practical after the government option is available, most employers will drop their plans - it's the only logical thing for them to do!!

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

    If the ad were telling the truth, it would say, "We're going to tax you for your employer-provided health care benefits! Obahahahaha...."

    July 18, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Susan

    You know you're in trouble President Obama when you have to play dirty with your own team. And who exactly is paying for more propaganda being peddled by the White House?

    Why the taxpayers, of course.

    The majority of American's do not want the Obama socialized healthcare and the President's plan is losing support even from his own team.

    July 18, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. renea

    This is one real chance to get healthcare reformed if we fail then we cant blame president Obama for it he is giving it his best shot if we donot get it then we have no one to blame but ourselves, If we really want it this is our chance to put pressure on congress or whoever is in charge. Of course those who have ties to the insurance industry or whatever do not want this but for those of us who does this is our chance.

    July 18, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. annie for Palin

    Article II, Section 4

    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    Treason and bribery are usually clearly understood concepts, but "high crimes and misdemeanors" are open to a wide latitude of interpretation. Some constitutional scholars have argued that only criminal offenses meet that standard, but others have maintained that a simple breach of the public trust is sufficient.

    July 18, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Deep Throat

    That Obama has to resort to commercials so soon after his election,
    raises three questions: (1) won't taking on adversaries this soon
    tire viewers already weary of long, unending campaigns? (2) Where
    are the leadership skills we expect in our president? (3)) Who is paying
    it all?

    July 18, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. phil

    Interesting. The President cannot even keep his own party in line for a "health care plan." The Dems already knew he was going to attack the health care system. He was the most liberal senator before the election. What did they figure they would get? Something easy to work with and pass on to the American people? Not a chance. He is taking an approach that has the potential of bringing any reform to a halt. Six months in office and already going down in flames. He and his staff better take a long, hard look at their plans and start thinking in terms of what it will take to get both parties on board. If he does this incrementally and there is reform and progress, he might actually have a good run in 2012. Otherwise, he is headed for the proverbial "crash and burn."

    July 18, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. SuzyQ

    Listen up, Congress. We cannot afford what this president wants. At least I sure can't. I already pay plenty of taxes and don't need to be saddled with more. If all the illegals were sent back home, our health care system's load would certainly be lightenened.

    July 18, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. annie for Palin

    In the bill is: MANDATORY "counseling session" for all senior citizens to take place EVERY 5 years. This "counseling sessions" will be done by a representative of the government at the senior citizen's residence. The government representative will advise as to "end of life decisions and issues. In other words, genecide of older generations Imagine that, A way to rid the nation of anyone over the age of 65 if they can't pay for "private insurance". The federal governments way of reducing medicare costs.

    July 18, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. New Yorker

    When will the liberal dems realize the government takeover is a bad idea. Look at all the government programs that are run so inefficiently. They know they can run shabby, inefficient programs because they use taxpayer money and when they run out, they just up your taxes to get more. I say vote in the folks who want less government screwing up things. Google "Tea-Party" and find one to join in your state. We need "change we can afford".

    July 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. kevin

    Wait, I thought only the "party of no" was opposing this. It appears the bi-partisan vote is against this bill not for it. All the Republicans plus 50 Democrat lawmakers oppose the bill in the current form. I guess all that bi-partisan talk is only for when its convenient.

    July 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. haren

    Comparing our system to Britains?

    Britain – 18th
    USA – 37th

    Life Expectancy:
    Britain – 14th
    USA – 24th
    Your arguement is totally blown away by the FACTS!!!!

    Price per Capita:
    USA – 1st – YEAH!!!! WE PAY THE MOST!!!!!
    Britain – 41st

    Republicans only have scare tactics.
    and we should run this AD. to expose these democrats who are in representing insurance co.

    Thank god for facts.

    July 18, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. But Obama is doing nothing about....

    the delay in delivering the swine flu vaccine......

    Swine flu is expected back in September and the pharma companies will be woefully short in delivering the needed quantities....

    If Obama wants to solve health problems, how about starting with this before Americans start falling over like flies this winter...

    July 18, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Deep Throat

    That Obama has to resort to commercials so soon after his election,
    raises three questions: (1) Won't taking on adversaries this soon
    tire viewers already weary of long, unending campaigns? (2) Where
    are the leadership skills we expect in our president? (3) Who is
    paying for it all?

    July 18, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. howie

    Let our congress vote the way they please, this is a free country. I sure hope my representatives vote their beliefs, not another way because some idiot put pressure on them to change their vote. Shame shame on you democrats.

    July 18, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Rob

    If a Bill can't stand up to scrutiny and pass on its own merit, then it doesn't deserve to. There must be something wrong with it. The idea that we must scare people into making rash decisions needs to go.

    We don't need health care reform right this minute. Let sit down and hash it out in detail. Take a year or two to figure it out. Do things right. My god people, the FDA won't let life saving drugs be used until they are vetted for extended period of time. Doesn't Health Care reform deserve the same consideration?

    July 18, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. peter

    What does it mean that conservative democrat? why they are a swing voter for this important health care reform ? the DNC should take an action on these swing voters.

    July 18, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. jon

    Its 15 bucks to go to health department. ER's have never turned anyone I know away. Buy pills from mexico and that will be enough. Pharamcy giants don't scalp them like they do US. Hmmmm wondering how many bribes/earmarks obama has received on his plan from Rx

    July 18, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. BJC

    NO! We want private insurance thug!

    July 18, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. MJ

    Really believe Obama needs to slow down. Pushing this major bill in such a short period of time is reckless. We do need reform in Health Care, but it needs to be well thought out. Not a plan that is being shoved down our throats to meet his agenda.

    July 18, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Joe

    It is unfortunate that the White House choses to use cheap gimmicks and scare tactics to move this unsustainable healthcare legislation forward. Bullying our elected representatives into submission is both unsavory and borders on unethical tactics. Or is this just the way this White House chooses to do everything?

    July 18, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. John Illinois

    The country is basically bankrupt but Obama found all of this money to run ads to promote his socialist healthcare garbage. Amazing. Canada with a population of approx. 60 million people and England with a population of approx. 30 million people already ration healthcare and have waiting lines for needed care. What do you think will happen if Obama's garbage plan passes? Private companies will stop providing healthcare benefits and everyone will be stuck with the government run garbage. That would be over 300 million people on the government run garbage. If you do not think there will be enormous waiting lists and complete rationing of care happening, you are a fool.

    July 18, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Denna

    It is time now to support an alternative to the private insurance plans that we have. Once again, government won't ration your health care anymore than the private companies do. The insured are always being told what the insurance company will and won't pay for. The government alternative will add the competition needed to bring down prices for everyone. So the insurance company executives will have to give up those ridiculous high salaries. It general public is much more important. I mean these people leave people to die for want of healthcare THEY PAY FOR. It is time to do something for the working public.

    July 18, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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