August 3rd, 2009
11:15 AM ET
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Liberal group attacks GOP and insurance industry

The liberal advocacy group 'Americans United for Change' is running an ad on national and local cable targeting the GOP.
The liberal advocacy group 'Americans United for Change' is running an ad on national and local cable targeting the GOP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A liberal advocacy group is purchasing a week's worth of television advertising accusing Republicans and the insurance industry of trying to derail President Obama's efforts to reform health care.

Americans United for Change will air a 30-second TV commercial nationally on CNN and MSNBC and on local cable in the Washington, D.C. market beginning this week, spokesman Jeremy Funk tells CNN. Funk did not divulge the exact amount being spent on the commercial dubbed "Golden Parachute," but he did say it would be a "five-figure buy."

The TV ad specifically attacks retiring Cigna CEO Edward Hanway for his salary, as well as charging that the GOP prefers the status quo to reform.

The commercial comes a few days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, vowed to aggressively campaign for health care reform and noted that Democrats would pull no punches when it came to the health insurance industry. "Facts mean nothing" to insurance industry executives and others opposed to change, she said as the House adjourned for the congressional summer recess. "Misrepresentation is the currency of their realm," she said.

The Senate is scheduled to go into recess at the end of this week.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Mike Mullin

    There has been a lot of adverse and misrepresentative commentary by republicans and the media on our single payer system. That is unfortunate. As a clinical nurse specialist in critical care for 28 years I have witnessed numerous Prominent Americans come here for treatment. Michael Moore spent time at the hospital I work at when filming Sicko. Our outcomes far exceed yours,our costs are far less and our efficiencies relative to yours are through the roof. Think Americans you have a chance.Dont let the right and right leaning media like cnn bamboozle you. Use this opportunity to improve your system so you begin to approach the level we have in Canada. Mike Mullin RN,London,Ontario<canada.

    August 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. PainfulTruth

    The thing Democrats are missing is that this whole thing is really about BIG insurance vs. smaller insurance companies. BIG hospitals vs smaller hospitals. And also throw in BIG pharma. All of the BIG companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals, and hospitals are all FOR ObamaCare. And the same was true for ClintonCare. The big five insurers like Cigna, United, Aetna, (and at the time Prudential and Travelers) supported Hillary's overhaul plans. And these are the companies that the left demonizes. The fact that BIG companies are in league with leftists should tell you something is wrong.

    August 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Term Limits for Congress

    Oh yes, let us attack the evil people who tell us that Congress cannot even read this bill. Let us attack the Insurance industry because they are a "Corporation", while our government is in bed with other "Corporations." Yes folks the only difference between Republican and Democrat politicians are the Corporations they are puppets for. Wake up America. What happened to transparency?
    If the government can't read the bill – let the American people!
    Do not blame republicans and insurance companies – blame America for not wanting this. You progressives are good at blaming America for everything else.

    August 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. LanaJean

    Insurance companies have been raping the American public for years.
    Not only are their premiums sky-rocketing, but they never seem to pay-out when the bill rolls in. Today it is our poor, tomorrow it will be the rest of us. We need reform NOW!

    August 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Tom Paine

    um, hate to break it to you, but Democrats run EVERYTHING. If the Obamassiah can't get health care "reform" (choke) passed, blame him not Republicans.

    August 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Medicaid and Medicare

    Some say that Medicare is a disaster, but the truth is that many senior citizens (my mother included) are so thankful for it. It IS a helpful program that's way better than nothing.

    Oh sure, any government program or any institution program has its flaws. Every college and every hospital has a degree of organizational issues, but that is not a valid argument AGAINST saving lives.

    Last, NOBODY KNOWS how a reformed system is going to affect the economy years from now. NOBODY. Besides, a more efficient system that cuts down on folks going to the emergency room may save more taxpayer money than doing nothing.

    August 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Mike in SA

    "Misrepresentation is the currency of their realm"??? What planet does Nancy Pelosi live on?

    Time to send her and her fantasy filled noggin back home...or to a pleasant, privately run, mental "facility" in the deep woods of California. You know, far away from the public.

    August 3, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. dominican mama 4 Obama

    ..And don't think we're stupid enough to think that it's just Reps. in the pockets of insurance companies. Some Dems. are jsut as guilty. You need to get with the program, the people have woken up. Stop working so hard AGAINST our President that is NOT what you were elected to do.

    August 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Bill in Calif

    OCTOBAMA hasn't learned the one basic tenet of the American psyche OR he thinks he can dictate his will upon the people. The great thing about the American spirit is that we love our freedoms. When you try to ram more government and its beauracracy down our throats you WILL and DO have a fight on your hands. Check out the town meeting in Philadelphia that was held this week if you are skeptical.

    August 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Moderate Democrat

    What do you people not GET? We aren't against an industry for profit. But when the way to profit is by sentencing people to DEATH, then no....you should NOT be able to profit by KILLING someone. Obviously Republicans think you should be able to profit by killing people.

    August 3, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. ran

    This is why we need a single payer non-profit option. My health is not for profit.

    I refuse to pay for multimillion $ executive salaries/bonuses or dividends for shareholders or for insurance co. private jets or for gold trim dinnerware in the board rooms.

    Now people is the time to get us affordable health care where the money goes to our health not the pockets of the insurance co. or elected officials.

    August 3, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Chas in Iowa

    I feel ashamed that our GOP Senator has both the pharmicutical industry and the Insurance companies as his biggest financial supporters for his re-election.
    This guy no longer represents the constituents that elected him.

    Time to boot Grassley back to the farm.

    August 3, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Craig of LA

    In the United Kingdom, France and Germany there are single payor government run plans. All three perform much better than our "For Profit or shall I say Screw You Consumer Plans" which overcharge us, ration our care, make our businesses uncompetitive and rake in gross profits. Here are the facts that demonstrate this. All three countries have;
    1. Lower infant mortality rates
    2. Greater life expectancy rates
    3. Spend less money per capita to provide care.
    4. Have populations that are healthier due to preventive care.

    Since our socialist government run Medicare program was created, senior citizen health and life expectancy in our country has dramatically improved! Republicans are trapped in the 18th century and must be dragged into modernity or left behind.

    August 3, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Phil

    Why is it Dems only have one fight song...The rich are bad!!!!

    It gets old listening to people whine about people who are rich. Get over it. Just because you have money doesn't mean you are obliged to give up more of that money to support those who don't have as much. Sorry, but we aren't socialistic...yet. Instead of loathing the rich, you should aspire to be successful yourself. That is the American Dream afterall. In our country you can be poor as dirt and end up being a millionaire if you work hard enough. That is what makes us great. You punish the successful and you kill the American Dream. I am not rich, but I don't think because Joe Rich makes $1 million a year, he should have to pay 45% in taxes to accomodate Joe Poor who is on welfare because he is too good to work.

    Dems should change their party mascot from a donkey to a picture of a hand with palm side up outreached looking for a handout.

    August 3, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. yuri

    The GOP hypocracy at its best (or worst, perhaps?). Case in point -Repubs are reapin' rewards from health insurance companies, such as Michelle Bachmann from MN, who apparently had received $50,900. Now, we do not know if it was for personal use or for camapignin' funds.

    August 3, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Eugene

    Let the insurance industry have it with both barrels. The American people are owed the truth.

    August 3, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Rush Goebbels

    The GOPs lead propagandist is Rush Limbaugh,he and other Corporate Fascists are setting the President up for failure so the antichrist can arise from the rightwing and Wallstreet.

    August 3, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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