July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
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First on the CNN Ticker: RNC commits nearly $1 million on health care campaign

The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.
The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month in an effort to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to reform health care, a GOP official tells CNN.

The Republican campaign will include television commercials already running in Arkansas, Nevada and North Dakota and new radio ads announced Friday that will air in 33 states.

The RNC did not reveal Friday who the radio ads would target, but CNN has learned the 60 second commercials will run against 60 House Democrats.

"The Democrats targeted by the RNC radio ad have campaigned on fiscal responsibility, and now these Democrats are being held accountable to their campaign promises as they prepare to vote on a government-run health care bill that will cost American taxpayers $1.6 trillion, add to the record budget deficit and burden American families and small businesses with higher taxes," RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN.

In addition, the GOP will engage in tele-town hall meetings, Web ads, and other grassroots activity over the congressional recess, Gitcho said.

Full list of Democrats targeted in ad campaign after the jump:

Democrats targeted in new RNC radio ad campaign

· Illinois Rep. Deborah Halvorson
· Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler
· Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak
· Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer
· Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus
· Ohio Rep. Charlie Wilson
· Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy
· Ohio Rep. John Boccieri
· Ohio Rep. Zack Space
· Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen
· Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil
· North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre
· North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell
· North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler
· Pennsylvania Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper
· Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire
· Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney
· Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski
· Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye
· Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello
· Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher
· Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder
· Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell
· Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore
· Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz
· Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson
· North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy
· South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
· Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
· Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell
· Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
· Colorado Rep. John Salazar
· Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey
· Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter
· New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich
· New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague
· Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren
· Texas Rep. Chet Edwards
· Utah Rep. Jim Matheson
· New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
· New York Rep. Dan Maffei
· New York Rep. Eric Massa
· Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright
· Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith
· Florida Rep. Allen Boyd
· Florida Rep. Alan Grayson
· Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas
· Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall
· Georgia Rep. John Barrow
· Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers
· Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor
· Tennessee Rep. Lincoln Davis
· Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon
· Tennessee Rep. John Tanner
· California Rep. Jerry McNerney
· Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick
· Nevada Rep. Dina Titus
· Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio
· Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader
· Washington Rep. Brian Baird

Filed under: Health care • RNC
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. adamandkanani

    Way to waste money while people starve in this country or die without healthcare. Losers!

    July 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. MJ

    Wake Up America – This plan will destroy Health Care. If you are elderly than just be content to have "pain pills", not life-saving surgery. Why? It didn't work for Mary and now government states it wont work for you. So your government will have to make the "tough decisions". Why are so many acting so "stupidly" in favor of this? Have you not listened to what this bill involves? You really want government to decide what your course of treatment should be? Look out overweight – today a few new pages have been added.

    July 27, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. lil

    This is what the birther need to be worried about. The lack of healthcare.

    July 27, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. John

    We will keep in mind the politicans who try to shoot this down, you are no longer a rep for the people and we will do everything in our power to GET YOU OUT OF WASHINGTONYOU WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!! This is plain stupid! Republicans are a waste of air!!! GET THEM OUT THEY WILL BE HISTORY!!That you can count on!

    July 27, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. bill

    I thought that GOP needs more time to get the health reform done right. At least that what they claim publically. So why they Rush into decision to advertise against any kind of health reform? People wake up. These are the same people who destroyed our economy and reputation in world over last 8 years. And when someone snows up to clean their mess, instead of helping, they are shamelessly trying to kill anything that would help an average American.

    July 27, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks the Republicans haven't come up with an alternative is just ignorant.

    I am so sick of this talk about the GOP being "anti-American" or unpatriotic. It's not about the parties, it's about different ways to achieve health care for everyone. The GOP just doesn't want to see government take it over.

    In what government-run programs are there not issues with waste and inefficiency? I am all for health care for those that can't afford it, but I'm also for helping them get the skills they need to earn a living and pay for it themselves.

    Republicans are not evil, but I will point out that capitalism raises EVERYONE'S standard of living.

    I'm not even Republican–just sick of the nastiness of partisanship. Forget the name-calling and pettiness and stop being so hateful. It makes you know better off then you claim they are.

    July 27, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    I'm an economist that specializes in the health industry so I think I'm going to add my two cents to this. I am by no means pleased with Obama's plan as it currently is. But to make things perfectly clear, I'd rather quit my job, lose my employer based health insurance and then jump in front of a bus before I'd trust the GOP's plans for health care reform.

    Their ideas are the same as always, tax cuts and reduce regulation to 'promote' competition. The health industry is the absolute worst industry to have no regulation and expect the free-market to make things hunky-dorry. There are literally dozens of market failures in the health industry that make a pure capitalistic, free-market system a very bad idea. Text book examples of the free-market system that the GOP worships do not exist ANYWHERE in the real world.

    July 27, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Kwesoe

    The USA builds the best hospitals in countries around the globe, spends billions on HIV/AIDS medications for Africa's poor but here at home, Republicans want to withhold healthcare from Americans. SHAME!

    July 27, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. J. L. W.

    It has been reported that the insurance companies made a deal with the administration which will allow them to make millions if the health plan goes through as it is today. That is why they are behind it and spending millions to get it passed. Guess who pays?The tax payers.

    the Question everyone should ask; why isn't CNN and the rest of the
    the media checking this out to see if it is true? When people wake up they are going to be shocked to find that Obama and his Czars will
    be making an effort to control not only Wall Street, the banks, the auto industry, health insurance, but every aspect of Americans life.

    July 27, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Bob

    While the parties in-fight and the idiots on this board quibble, the $53-trillion asteroid that is the cost of Medicare and Social Security support looms ever closer (read Glenn Beck: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/26/beck.deficit/index.html). EVERY administration that has tried to fix health care has thrown itself on its sword in the attempt. The Repugnicans are hoping this will be the case for the Obama admin. To the current administration's credit, they're tackling it NOW – this is good, because all the politicking to kill it (and them in the process) is going to slow it way down. Sadly, much of the noise is NOT about fixing the bill or making it better. It's about sticking it to the other party so as to be in power the next time around. Meanwhile, the catastrophic collision with future debts gets nearer, and nearer...and everyone is pretending THEY'LL fix it if THEY get in next term.

    July 27, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Shingo

    I amazed at the RNC spending $ 1 million on campaign activities in one month to cast doubt on Obama over health reform! Instead of working on a plan in time and energy they play childish games with peoples lives, health, not to mention hurting the economy just to get at Obama. In the end the RNC can be remembered in history in either two ways: 1) standing up for their constiuents, their health, and the economy... or 2) They can do nothing and that is what history will remember about them... nothing.

    July 27, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. OH IO

    There is no better alternative folks – Health Care is NOT a right! Get used to it – or move to Europe and stand in line in the ER.

    July 27, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. voter

    For republicans to tout being pro-life, I don't understand how they can be aganist universal healthcare. People are dying daily for illnesses that can be cured if they had helathcare. It is shameful.

    July 27, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. coffic

    I don't know what half of these comments mean. Complaints about no GOP health reform plan–google it–the same way you found and read the Dem. plan, or, are you not reading bills or plans, but, rather, listening to what others say–educate and think for yourselves. Spend RNC $$ on healthcare? Do you not know the functions of the DNC and RNC? Now, ACORN could help families with healthcare $$. Have they? Complaining that the Repubs want to take it slow to get it right–what is wrong with that? Do you think we should rush to enact a bill which is all wrong? Obama came out 2 days ago and used those very words–go slow and get it right. I won't speculate as to his motives for saying that, but he has up until now been trying to get this passed pronto.

    July 27, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Kenney in Albany

    Nearly 1 Million dollars to fight against providing health care for the multitudes of Americans that have lost coverage during the recession. Another million of a 'non-operational' projects. When is this SPEND, SPEND, SPEND mentality of our politicians going to show positive results?

    July 27, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Pete

    Time to donate to the DNC again.

    July 27, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Teena in Denver

    Hey "Obama Victim" what is is with the destroy Obama message? You would have been crying foul if someone would have posted that about Bush!
    This is not a game of football–this is someone's life your messing with, the lives of all the AMERICANS who do not have health insurance. Maybe we should worry about them rather than sending tax dollars over seas to promote democracy!

    July 27, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Bob

    All of this is part one of a two-part "straw man" argument that the Repugnicans are hoping will make them look good while they do nothing but nay-say.

    Part one is to say "It will be too expensive and it won't work – what government-run system is EVERY any good!?!?!?!"

    Part two is to claim that allowing a government-run option will put many of the present insurer's out of business as well as screw the physicians out of fees and the patients out of services.

    So on the one hand it will be too expensive and won't get people what they need or want, yet on the other hand it will be sooo good that everyone will flock to it and the other choices will die off.

    This sort of rhetoric sounds like it was crafted by the people who spearheaded the last few months of the McCain/Palin debacle. Sad thing is, a lot of people suck this tripe up and don't even notice the mutually exclusive claims.

    July 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Linda

    What these absolute morons, in the Reslug party, just refuse to get is that 76% of Americans want real change in our healthcare insurance.

    July 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Realistic

    I enjoy when republicans talk about the HealthCare issue. They talk like they read the bill and understand anything about anything. The only thing these republicans do is listen to pundits and proclaim it to be the truth. The republicans followers believe all the non-sense that is fed them and attempt to regurgitate as facts but most know its not. The republicans grab a line that has been spewed by hardcore conservatives and try to force feed everyone whose within arms length.They do not investigate it to make sure its fact or fiction because if they did, they would see how far from the facts they are.
    We know we can not continue to do business as usual and if we do not do something our health care system, we will pay a heavy price. The republicans had eight years to do something about the health care issue but like always, they did nothing and want to continue to do nothing. So instead of working on a solution together and serve the people, they would rather spend 1 million on attacking the Health Care bill and the reason is simple, if they defeat the bill, they the republicans believe they will destroy the president. The republicans do not care if its a good bill or not because all they want is to attack the president so they can try to regain power.

    The republicans want the public to believe that the free market system will resolve the Health Care issue, we tried that for eight years and we still have 37+ million people without Health insurance. It is time to try something else before its to late.

    July 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. John in WV

    And where do you think this million is coming from. The same place many more millions are going to come from. But the insurance companies say they can't afford to make health care more affordable to working folks.

    July 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Linda

    Reslugs, the party of NO, continue to shoot themselves in the foot with their selfishness, complete stupidity and racism.

    July 27, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Michael

    Spending a million dollars of our money to keep medical attention dependent on the enrichment of the financial elite.
    Nice.

    July 27, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "read Glenn Beck"

    Now there's 3 words that instantly discredit a post if I ever saw 'em.

    July 27, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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