July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
10 months ago

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. Ry guy

    Hey! its nice to see the republicans have money to throw away while the nation is trillons in debt... hmmm maybe they should give back to the country? help pay the debt...

    July 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    Insurance companies are contributing to Republicans so they can fight against the Health Care Reform. Now consider that the RNC is spending one million dollars to fight Reform. We know that is a small drop in the bucket they are donating to Republicans and to the party. Now if you consider that this huge sum contributed to these Representatives by the Insurance Industry are deducted from their operating cost and thereby increasing their profits. It is smart for them to do this. It is all about their bottom line. All they are concerned about are profits. If you consider all of these things, maybe you will realize how much this country is being raped by the Insurance Industry.

    July 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. lilkim

    Wake UP! This is about choice. Healthcare should be a choice! Being an Americans means freedom of choice. It is not a republican or democrat thing! Obama Care is not the answer! Only 4% of Americans are without healthcare. So, the other 96% should suffer? Health Care is a priviledge and if Obama Care passes then 96% of Americans will suffer. Doctors will flee the USA so fast and no one will be willing to go to med school. There is no reason to go to med school. Universities will see less students. This will ruin the greatest health care system in the world. Universal Health care is not the answer! Wake up America! Stop drinking the Obama Kool Aid!

    July 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Retired US Army

    The party of no:
    no bipartisanship
    no plan
    no ideas
    no way

    Swift Boat anyone and everyone that attempts change

    July 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Jordan in San Marcos

    It would be great if they'd spend their resources on offering a solution of their own instead of attacking the only people who actually seem interested in solving problems.

    July 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. HD

    Amazing. Instead of offering a better ideas, the Republicans spend a million dollars to attack. This is why the country is a mess. Both parties need to focus on rebuilding the country and stop playing games just to gain power. Enough already, just fix the system.

    July 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. David

    I love how someone said republicans/conservatives are idiots and dems/liberals are all well educated, thats hilarious. You do realize that the large majority of the dem's votes come from the poverty stricken "uneducated" demographics right? I agree that this isn't smart spending on the side of the RNC, but it isn't worthless, hopefully it will make people think twice about supporting socialist health-care. Why should a young healthy adult pay for someone who's smoked and drank all their lives health care??? If I am smart and take care of my body and health why should I pay for irresponsible Americans??? How about you think before you comment, being vocal about how wrong this health-care reform is a GOOD thing. I will also agree with your likely rebuttal that the GOP aren't offering any other answers in return (lets be honest ,do they ever??), but just because there isn't currently another option, does that make a worse choice the right choice?? No!

    July 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. liberal but not a democrat in NYC

    The GOP is saying that a government is putting a government bureaucrat between the patient and the doctor. Guess what? We already have an insurance bureaucrat there. As health care costs rise, government funded public health coverage is the most viable solution.

    Oh yeah, and the GOP campaigns on lowering costs for American families while wanting to keep a system that does the exact opposite.

    July 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Dave

    These are the Republican tactics now: make a big deal out of saying "No" to everything. Then they sit back and hope things fail, so they can say "We told you so" later on.

    It's a pretty cowardly-but-safe plan. If things work out, nobody will care much that the Republicans opposed them, and if they don't, they'll try to point to these old ads. Only thing is, they're saying "no" to *everything*. The country's in trouble and they're not doing anything to help. And people may remember THAT. If not, I *will* be reminding them.

    July 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    GOP has requested tort reform and it keeps being shot down by the Dems. The high priced Democrat lawyers make all of their money off this so this is off limits. If you limit the amounts that a jury can award, malpractice insurance would be less, doctors would not prescribe so many unnecessary tests because they are afraid that they may be sued for missing something and health care costs could come down! The majority of Americans are against this plan so I am glad that the Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans are banding together to be the American Party of NO! They see right through the Democrats healthcare power grab. Not to mention that we can not afford it after the waste of money by the Dems on the useless stimulus program and automotive bailouts!

    July 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Blue Dog Dem

    Great news. Because Obama and Pelosi are not being honest about their plan. Glad to see some of the media are also catching onto the dems games.

    July 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Tami in CO

    Let's waste money bashing the other team instead of uniting and finding a solution for our country other than Socialized medicine. When are all politicians going to unite and do what they were voted into office for? This is so old and We the People suffer for it

    July 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Richard L

    Here is the solution to skyrocketing medical costs from the Party of No:

    July 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Marlene

    It's to bad that the Republicans don't spend their 1 million dollars promoting a plan developed and promoted by the GOP. Still more of the same – just say NO! No plan of their own. Surely voters are smart enough to not listen to fear mongering, and at least wait for the senate/house conference committee, before deciding whether or not the proposal is bad/good.

    July 27, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. JD

    Better that $1 million be spent now to prevent this socialist debacle than to wake up tomorrow and find our children saddled with another TRILLION dollars in debt for another failed experiment in socialist lunacy.

    The proposed "health care reform" is nothing but a waste of time, money and effort that will only reduce the quality of health care while making it more expensive. Anyone want to see government-run health care in action? Just look at your local post office, the VA and Walter Reed!!

    July 27, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    So the Republican members of Congress does not want to comply with their duties as mandated by Article I, Section Eight, Clause One of the Constitution of the USA "to provide for the general welfare of the USA" by giving the nation universal health care. I am a civil servant of the United States of America and I took the very samo oath of office that Members of Congress has taken, I am expected to be in full compliance and I demand that the Republicans do the very same thing.

    Republicans are engaging in criminal negligent conduct by allowing Americans (who pay for their health care benefits with their taxes) to die of not being able to afford health insurance, let alone to see a doctor and get life-saving medical treatment. How does a single mother, who works two part-time jobs without benefits, with breast cancer suppose to pay for the $160,000.00 treatment that will save her life? Since the Republicans don't want national health care, then they need to legalize prostitution.

    July 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. IQ test required for all VOTERS!

    Clearly the RNC, GOP and all other republicans dont want to change whats already a cash cow for them and their lobbyist financial backers!

    It has NOTHING to do with whats actually best for the public!!!!

    July 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. ES

    I think all the naysayers should have their Health benefits reduced to the least available services to the poor. Maybe they will gain some recognition for the scope of the problem faced by our uninsured.

    I cannot bear to hear commercials about pet food now that I know how the poor suffer in this country.

    July 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    The GOP will spend all the special interest money it can get to stop any reforms to reduce the cost of health care. This is legalized corruption.

    July 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Why do all the obamabots want more govt? big govt isn't free. It costs freedoms, jobs and makes everyone poorer. Quit attacking and promoting political parties. Both parties are wrong...so take the power away by having LIMITED GOVERNMENT.

    No waste, no corruption, no political "pay for play"

    July 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Sergey - Chicago, IL

    Who cares? Pharmaceutical and insurance companies spend $1 million a day to fight the reform. It's pocket change for them.

    July 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Emily, Denver CO

    Typical of the GOP. ..lie and distract. People are really hurting and all they care about is continuing to pad their pockets with money from the pharmaceutical and "healthcare" industries. They along with the blue dogs should be publicly shamed.

    The reason the didn't want healthcare reform "rushed" is because they're hoping the American people forget about it and they can then call this Obama's biggest failure................NOT GONNA HAPPEN!! Don't be fooled by them, they couldn't care less about costs; it only sounds nice. They're only fiscally conservative when a Dem is in the White House!

    July 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. ADO

    Why is all this money being wasted on negative publicity? Dosn't the RNC realize that there are millions of unemployed/underemployed Americans who simply cannot make ends meet and see no way out of this health & economic crisis!
    "We the People" need help not hinderance

    July 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. white female

    Now this a a GREAT EXAMPLE of someone acting STUPID.
    These people the party of NO, the Repbubs, I am sure can find a money to keep trying to stop this Prez, and his Admin. but all at the sametime keep saying OH HE IS SPENDING TO MUCH MONEY, ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Give me a break repub's get a life and go find some new jobs. Because you don't deserve to have the one you have been elected to do. Go home to the back woods where you belong. Enough, is Enough with the hate and foolishness from grown men and women.

    July 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. rand

    The GOP and the INSURANCE industry will pay for this smear campaign.

    Sorry guys, the American public has caught on to your continuing scare tactics. People are more worried about getting proper health care than buying into some fabricated paranoia. The GOP has nothing to bring to the table and nothing to offer. It is a party that is self imploding.

    July 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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