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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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    Ha! Obama can't get 'healthcare reform' aka socialized medicine with honesty and debate but has to target those 'blue dog' democrats in their homestates with tv ads noone is going to watch or care about. Just like the prime time news conference coming wednesday. We are SICK of seeing him on tv. Why not start with the honesty and debate I mentioned before and stop ramming these policies down our throats with threats and urgency.

    July 18, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Jane

    If you are up for reelection in 2010 congress be aware if you vote on this hastily passed legislature you will not be reelected. We the american people are tired of having this president shove stuff down our throats without thinking it through. As for Obama he is the second coming of Jimmy Carter....a fiscal nightmare and failure.

    July 18, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. James Johnson

    We have elected a KOOK ! Some of us knew it piror to 2008, however most Americans (being good celebrity lovers) fell for the telprompter and well groomed radical left person. You should be ashamed of yourself.
    Helathcare can be controlled via cost control, fraud regulators.
    Many people from Britain and Canada come here for medical as they are too slow and do not provide good breast cancer assistance as their RATIONING COMMITTEE says they should die.
    If this was the 50s or 60s Obama would of been tried for high treason all the anti american statements he's made, and conduct of a kook.
    James J
    Idaho

    July 18, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    Why the rush? Maybe there is something in this bill that SOMEBODYdoes not want the rest of us to know about. No lesson learned from rushing the stimulous. Congress needs to read the thing from front to back (every word) and give us (the people) the five days to review as was promised! The libs keeps accusing the repubs of fear mongering? Then explain why is Obama is fearing the five day review period for the people that HE promised?

    July 18, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Steve-Illinois

    wlou437 don't confuse them with the facts!!!!!
    An employer would be crazy NOT to drop their insurance and pay the $750.00!
    Then Obama and company will say " It's not our fault, it's the greedy employers dumping their employees!"

    July 18, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. jason

    e. coleman, you sound so ignorant and uneducated or it may be that your upbringing has really poisoned and polluted your mind, oh btw you sound like a coward racist. history will judge the likes of you.

    July 18, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. RO

    Those of you who are still undecided... or are slamming Obama's presentation... you need to read/watch the Bill Moyer's show last Friday night.. He interviewed a top executive who fought against any health care reform until recently...and now he is fighting AGAINST the ins companies.. Very informative.

    July 18, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. JP

    Just keep blaming the special interests, but at the end of the day, it's going to affect everybody; by way of new taxes, by way of landing on some government run plan.
    They’ll find someone to pay for it alright. The other guy, your grandchildren or somebody else.
    Free lunch types stick around, and keep singing the psalms.

    July 18, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Pressure them? Why? Can they notydecide for themselves? I think that's easily read as "please don't adequately read this bill and vote accordingly." Rather "hurry up and get this thing through before anyone can read it thoroughly and I can pass my insane agenda."

    July 18, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. ERP

    It's about time that someone shows the courage, skill and determination to finally get this important job done.

    As a Canadian who is presently recovering from major surgery and receiving great medical care during my lengthy convalescence, I know how fortunate I am to receive this first-quality "free" care. As a relatively-young retired couple, we know that if we were presently living in the States, the exhorbitant cost of this care would have obliged us to mortgage our home and face a very difficult retirement life.

    No wealthy modern society such as the United States can call itself democratic and civilized unless it provides ALL its citizens with affordable medical care.

    July 18, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. fred green

    TRUE Story:

    my son plays hockey upstate New York. He played in a tournament in Montreal Canada. He was injured and needed a CAT Scan. Could not get one in Canada. We took him back to USA to Plattsburgh New York to get the treatment.

    MORAL: A major city Montreal in Canada we could not get a CAT Scan. A "D" size USA city got one no problem.

    Do you want government healthcare

    July 18, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Jim from Florida

    I know obama and his administration have no shame but this is awe inspiring. This bill is bad for the country in so many ways and yet they continue to push it down our throats. This is not cost effective and is bad for all concerned but do they care, Noooooooo, and that does not appear to be changing. God, I love this country. Y'all elected a democrat, enjoy the folly of it.

    July 18, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    VON BISMARK,Vienna. July 18th, 2009 2:45 pm ET
    Keeping americans safe also means keeping americans healthy,
    -----------------------–
    Not totally correct! Keeping Americans safe IS the job of the government. Keeping Americans healthy is PRIMARILY the job of the INDIVIDUAL.

    July 18, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. lawrence herbert

    one more promise broken-did not obama request such attacks not be carried out ? his political arm of the dnc? when will the people face what is going on?

    July 18, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Mack

    I have first hand experience with the Cuban health plan. In spite of what Michael Moore would have you believe, it sucks. Socialized medicine is a road to poor care, no drug or high tech innovation and long waits to see your doctor. No national health plan please.

    July 18, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. James

    I truly understand how bad our health care is at times, but we still have the best in the world. When the government starts running things they go down hill fast, we'd better look back at history around the world.I've seen many things fix themselves when government stays out of it. The doctors here are now made by "the Government" to do all electronic filing and billing or they will not goet paid their normal rate but a reduced rate for not doing "the Government" way.

    July 18, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Louise in NC

    If you read up about the CBO director's views and his history you can get real educated!

    July 18, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. CJ in FL

    Wow...even when the issue is all 'Democrats', the blind nimrods bring up Republicans and throw them under the bus.

    I honestly didn't think people could be this dumb...

    July 18, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Tim

    President Obama says he will not sign any healthcare reform bill that adds to the deficit. Folks have you been awake at all during the past months this President has been in office? The Congressional Budget Office (which is non-partisan) has already testified that based on the sparse information that congressional committees writing the bill (behind closed doors) have provided, that this healthcare reform does not decrease spending, but ACCELERATES the current unsustainable spending on healthcare. Further it INCREASES the responsibility of the federal government for healthcare. End of story; the President is clearly willing to lie about this, and any person who can read should know this.

    The people who will suffer the most from this are "working class people" since although the wealthy are being taxed a huge amount more, they can afford it. The working class will get rationed, lower quality healthcare at an increased cost, since the taxpayer will be paying the costs of the millions of people who dont pay anything.

    How to lower healthcare costs? For a starter, require people to fill out healthcare directives in order to get social security. The large majority of people don't want the needless medical procedures done during the last months of life, but there is not directive filled out to stop this. Most healthcare costs result from care during the last months of life. I cannot recall how many times I, and my fellow healthcare workers have commented that we would not want procedures done on us that we do onelderly patients everyday.

    Am I angry? Hell yes I am angry, because I don't like it when I am lied to in such a way that insults my intelligence, and that is what is happing on a daily basis by this administration. Let me also say that lying by politicians is not specific to any party. That is why I am an
    INDEPENDENT MINORITY VOTER.

    July 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. MVDCT

    Oabama, Reid and Pelosi are setting this country back generations. If the pass this disaster called health care reform, we are screwed big time. Do you really think the goverment plan that you'll be forced into is better than the insurance you have now?? The only thing these people care about is power. The Democrat party of 2009 is much worse than the Democrat party of 1972. Back to the future for the socialists!

    July 18, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Ridgeway

    Socialist. Health care is NOT a right. It's not an entitlement. I realize that's a foreign concept to you Obamanites. Blood suckers. Stop having little bastards, using drugs and get jobs.

    July 18, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. George Washington

    have your congress and cabinet appointees all pay their taxes. that would probably cover most of the countries health premiums. see? things are really pretty simple aren't they.

    July 18, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. T Mckinley

    Go ahead dittoheads, keep fighting for the "rights" of big insurance and big pharma CEOs " to continue raping the American public so they can make themselves filthy rich.

    Just wait until it is YOU who can't afford health care insurance, and the CEO of the private insurance company that just cancelled your private, free-market, consumer-based health care plan is laughing himself all the way to the bank.

    July 18, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. DEM in HI

    This plan is one of the worst ideas I have ever seen. We are going to ram this thing through without a debate. Hate to say it, but Obama is the old politician way of thinking, my way or the highway. He is absolutely out of control with spending. Soon, we will live in the highest tax nation in the world and what will we have to show for it. A medical system that does not solve the problem.

    If this plan is so great, them why don't the Congress and Executive branches get covered by it? They are bunch of NO CLASS people, because they want to force this terrible plan on us, but not on themselves. Ask your Congress representative if they are willing to put themselves under this plan. Guarantee you all know the answer already. I think it is time to have a debate and if it is going to be implemented, make it apply to EVERYONE. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

    July 18, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. curt

    Go Obama. Shake the Capitol as hard as it takes to get something good rolling. Dont believe the BS.
    Americans ARE behind this president 100%. And the lawmakers standing in the way of healthcare reform now are not going to last long. We know which ones are taking money from the medical establishment and real americans are quite fed up with bribe takers.

    July 18, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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