July 18th, 2009
04:41 PM ET
5 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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  1. Larry S

    And who is paying for this garbage??? Is this another payment by us taxpayers that BO doesn't care about. Oh, yes, I forgot, he does care to get more taxes, but BO is not concerned about the welfare of America. I have never seen such a stupid president . . . this dork is really dumb.

    July 18, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Larry S

    BO continues to show his lack of intelligence. Evidently the college degrees payed by others did not help with any common sense. This dumb wacko is heading down the road to terrible change.

    July 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Bad move by Obama

    It is a very bad move on the part of Obama and his team to pressure Congressman and Senators at a time when Obama's approval ratings are on the downward spiral. This could backfire big time as Congress does not work for the White House and does not like to be bullied.

    July 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Larry S

    Has anyone heard if BO and the Congress will be part of the new health plan. I think that would be the absolute minimum in the bill. But, again, the democrats do not give a dam about the rest of the population. They only want to put money in their own pockets.

    July 18, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. cspurgeon

    I agree with this. The Republicans are wonderful at staning together in the NO stance and Dems are to weak to push the Presidents adgensa thru. He got elected to change things and his party is sucking air. Shame shame...I will not support either party if they don'tm get this done.

    July 18, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. bozo the obama

    same thing happened in the'30s but, not with T.V.

    July 18, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. SALLY

    If the Obama Health Plan is so wonderful why did CONGRESS EXEMPT THEMSELVES from the Plan? Wouldn't they be running to sign up if it was so great? They are not above us...they need the
    same Health Care Plan that they are shoving down our throat!

    July 18, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. renea

    I have a question also, If so call Government run healthcare is so bad then why does congress have it already Democrats and Republicans?If its cost so much and its as bad as they say then i feel they should drop their government health insurance.

    July 18, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. David, PA

    Barack Obama and his gang including DNC do not understand why these moderates do not want to support his agenda. We the people will throw them out if they listen to your ads and vote for Barack Obama's health plan. They think that since they have majority in the congress, they can do whatever they want. Barack in fact said he was elected in last November do destroy our country. Let me warn both Brack Obama and DNC that they will not destroy our current health \ystem. We are quite happy with it. We do not need Universal health care.Also we do not need your ads in these places where the people are standing up and so also the congressmen. Otherwise we will make sure that they are wiped out in the next election. This is the warning to Barack, his gang and also to our elected senators and congressmen. Barack Obama is a joker and we cannot accept his jokes.

    July 18, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. The Constitutionalist

    The arguements regarding health care are being argued as an "us vs them" issue. Personally I don't believe health care is a right promised by the constitution, but rather an issue reserved for the individual states to address under the 10th amendment if states so choose. That being said, I may be wrong and if I am, let's make sure we do this thing the right way. We have a mechanism to make this a right under the constitution; it's called an amendment. Have 2/3s of the House and Senate and 3/4s of the states vote for/ratify it, and poof, now it is part of the US Constitution. I'm not saying my opinion is the only one that matters, but if we're going to give the federal government more power over us, let's at least make sure we're doing it the right way.

    July 18, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Beverly in NC

    The Democrats have the majority and this is the time to use it. Obama should be putting tremendous pressure on any Democrat not ready to vote the healthcare plan into law immediately.

    Republicans opposed the creation of Social Security, of Medicare and were completely against the Civil Right Bill in the 1960s. Can you imagine America without these programs today? Republicans have been wrong on every issue that benefits the lives of average Americans. They are wrong about healthcare too. They could care less what Americans are going through because these Republicans all have free government healthcare, so to hell with the rest of us.

    ANY member of Congress, especially a Democrat, that votes against the healthcare package should know they are voting themselves out of a job. Over 73% of Americans want the healthcare reform package passed. Deny us what we need and we will deny you your seat in Congress.

    The time for reform is NOW. It's very simple. Vote for the package or we will vote you out of office.

    July 18, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. tony

    as the president's popularity slips he needs to work faster and harder to get his core objectives accomplished, by this time next year he might be as unpopular as the last guy

    July 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. wlou437

    There are too many unanswered questions in this bill. If it gets passed then breauocrats will make any rules or requirements they want without any congressional approval. This bill is designed to put the insurance companiues out of business because any company can drop; their coverage and pay only a $750 per employee fine. This is cheaper than monthly premiums. Why would they continue to pay for employee health benefits? And what about those small businesses (less than 25 employees) who don't have to offer health care. Their employees would than be without health care – but that is against the p;urpose of the plan to insure everyone. And how do they fine me if I chose not to be insured?

    July 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. adam peart

    Well well well, the president really is the celebrity puppet, now he's running his own ads? Is the election over? Thought so. Does he require propaganda pieces to justify his completely faulted plan? Evidently so. How much more pathetic can our white house get. Dang. I thought Bush was bad. Government has become a joke, and mocks the very principles this country used to have. It's an "Access Hollywood" world now. And the dolts known as the American public lap this garbage up. We get what we deserve. What a wonderful waste of a once great nation.

    July 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. bsmith171

    this is AXELROD.
    he's astroturfing gain.

    his mother was a writer for a communist publication in NYC. his father moved in with a man to 'find himself'.

    AXELROD owns clarence page and the tribune staff by pilfering their messages and files shile employed by CHI Trib.

    all you need to know.

    except this he made $45 MILLION off Obama's three year presidential run.

    July 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. wendy

    Not one Republican have a good idea yet Shawn and Rush is talking trash for god sake give the people something or shut up the ad make sense.

    July 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Clarence in St Louis

    If the health care reform is so important to Nobama and he is looking for BIPARTISANSHIP on the reform then why is he targetng ads only at the moderate Senators states and not all 50 states (or as Nobama stated during th campaign 57 states)? Sounds like coercion to me.

    July 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Thin is in?

    The gutless liar in chief also doesn't mention HOW much it will cost, the MILLIONS of us that work and have insurance will LOSE the insurance we have (sorry liar, a private business will drop you if there is a crappy public option, DUH!) and check out page 16 of the bill, it is scary that any future private insurance after the effective date will BE OUTLAWED.

    THe lying socialist must have missed these facts.

    Shove it down the sheeps throats without reading it or an actual discussion of all ideas, how did that work out the first time fraud in chief?

    Four and the door if impeachment don't happen first.

    I applaud these smart Democrats, fight the power play by this coward.

    July 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Myron

    This is ridiculous. What on earth is the point of having Democratic majorities if the party won't support a Democratic platform? If we can squeeze a modicum - a spoonful of courage - out of the weak-kneed Democrats for once in their miserable lives, that would be really neat.

    July 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Clay

    According to a report on truthout, Obama should be courting Katharine Weymouth, the publisher of The Washington Post , instead. Apparently she has attempted to convene an after hours meeting at her home of those she deems the "select few" who will decide the fate of health care in our nation. Isn't it nice to know that people who aren't elected officials can assume the role of the mighty in determining who shall live and who shall die according to rules set down at a cocktail party? You could probably attend as well, if you were able to shell out a quarter of a million bucks to grease the putrid hands of the so-called power elite. Obama has an uphill battle alright, but you won't see it watching CSPAN. That's only smoke and mirrors. It looks like it will be decided instead by a bunch of people whose most traumatic life experiences are getting pimentos instead of blue cheese in their martini olives.

    July 18, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. wlou437

    70% of all businesses have less than 25 employees and would not be required to provide health insurance under this bill. This would leave over 21 million workers without health insurance. This is not going to solve the problem.
    And there are no definite solutions to controlling the cost of health care. Unless we can lower the cost, this will bankrupt America.

    July 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. keneaka

    I'd like to know why every time someone disagrees with Obama who goes on a mission to put them down. No one is allowed to disagree and get away with it. Representatives and 'We the People' have some serious doubts about health care, but this is not helping. We need honest answers which we are not getting. Just who the heck is going to pay for this, when the feds can't handle the government sponsored health care we already have. If the democrats are not careful those they want to rob to fund their many new programs and czars will find that they may just not stick around and instead look for other countries to live in. I had planned on starting a small business this year but with the mess the federal government is creating I do not believe it is a possibility. Too much is being done at one time without looking at the problem long-term.

    July 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. TangledThorns

    You tell 'em Obama. Kick those dead beat Dems out and replace them with Republicans!!

    July 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Cliff

    Hopefully the Democraps in Congress will come to their senses and realize the health care proposed by Obama is a loser! No way can America afford this.
    He will continue to come up with excuses for new taxes and IF his "buds" in Congress go along they will eventually run out of people to tax.
    His numbers are dropping...just not fast enough. It means many of his kool-aid drinkers are taking longer than necessary to realize their mistake last November.
    Thanks libs. NOW WE ALL WILL PAY!

    July 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. No Delay on Health Care Reform

    I sent an an e-mail to my Senator (Cornyn) today (too long to be posted on the ticker), will fax a copy to his offices tomorrow and may also submit copies to local newspapers for publication as an open letter to Sen Cornyn. I encourage all Americans to contact their representatives and advise them of your positions regarding this very important issue facing our nation. I believe we need meaningful Health Care Reform now, with a public option, and no further delays.

    Also, I found the House and Senate legislation passed by the committees posted on C-SPAN.org — encourage all to review for yourselves and not rely on the media to provide you with any factual information — because they don't.

    July 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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