August 3rd, 2009
11:15 AM ET
5 years ago

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. Candy West Virginia

    Ask yourself what did the republicans do during the last eight years regarding health care reform? After you've answered (NOTHING) then at least be grateful for President Obama tackling this very difficult problem. Instead of criticizing him and attacking him we should all thank him for trying to fix this mess.

    August 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Minnesotan

    Republicans are very important to the American decision making process. Every policy of theirs, from "trickle down economics" to "tax breaks for the rich" have proven to be epic failures. The simple way for America to prosper is to ask the Republicans what they think we should do.... and then do the exact opposite.

    August 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Thank you President Obama for trying to fix this horrible mess left to you by the rethuglicans and for trying to reform health care. To those continuously attacking the President remember if he succeeds we all do. To attack without trying to be part of the solution is just evil.

    August 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Tony

    "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."

    Good. Obama's plan sucks. He doesn't want reform, he wants control.

    August 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    The first thing that must happen to have meaningful health care reform is to outlaw Senators, members of Congress, and all Federal Government employees from accepting any gifts, travel, entertainment or money from any insurance company, pharmaceutical, lawyer, or doctor. Then once our lawmakers are no longer influenced by special interests, meaningful dialog can be had. Until then, we all know the special interests will win and we, the people, will get screwed again.

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    stick it to them!

    thank you for fighting the good fight against the lies and smears from the reds. if we all had a dollar for every lie that's been spouted about healthcare, we could retire the national debt.

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Wake Up

    Profit drives innovation. This is why America leads the world. People come here for heatlh care. Please, America, do not buy into Obama's lies and scare tactics.

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Moderate Democrat

    Republicans want a health care run by middle men. They want to continue to give these companies the right to sentence people to death via discontinuing coverage, denying coverage, and pulling the plug at the very hospital.

    Republican are ok with killing innocent people. Their policies prove it.

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. George

    Hey, what was that sound? Oh, it was the other shoe dropping on middle class tax hikes to pay for healthcare for the lazy. Go see Geithner's comments on how we will go about paying for healthcare.

    Obama during campaign: Read my lips, no new taxes for the middle class

    Obama now: Read my lips, I can't rule anything out, including tax hikes for the middle class.

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Since Congress is on recess, it's only right that we give them an earful when they come home to their constituency. A government public option should not be debatable, it should be mandatory. Right now can be considered halftime. When Congress comes back, it will be the 3rd quarter and the President needs to come with a full court press for 2 quarters.

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. xargaw

    I would hope that they would also run some of these spots in places where the Blue Dogs hail from. They have been at the trough of the insurance industry and obstructing the reform their voters overwhelmingly want.

    August 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. jeff

    If insurance companies can make millions, I am sure there is a way for our government to provide better and more affordable healthcare. We have to insure every American. Right now we pay for the uninsureds’ huge ER bills. Give them access to MDs and preventative medicine and we will eventually see healthcare cost less.

    August 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe the Dems ought to think hard about removing secttion 1-63 from Obama's health care bill and next time, read a bill before approving it. The section gives the right to government intrusion into any and all of your personnal finance records without having to first inform you of it. Talk about Big Brother or rather, Big Bro.

    August 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Don in Albuquerque

    Just like selling funeral insurance. Nobody should have the right to victimize already suffering people too turn a profit. Time for the real people of this contry to take it back again.

    August 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. George

    The republicans just can't stand helping people. They have been taught to be selfish and to spit on the unfortunate. So when a bill comes along aimed at compassion, the republicans hate it.

    August 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Dennis

    Obama's plan is going to ruin coverage for the majority of people who currently have decent coverage. In addition, what becomes of all the people who work in the health insurance industry? Do they join the ranks of the unemployed which have swelled during the Obama administration? Just a couple of questions, I would like answered.

    August 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Coherent1

    What's getting really irritating is the oppositions strategy of using fear as fact. If you pay attention, there claims state 'may', 'might', 'possibly', and 'could be'. They won't say 'will', 'is', or anything definite because it becomes a definite lie. They know this and it's time for their constituents to know this as well.

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. GaVoter

    Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and these liberal morons want us to believe that a government that can't even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy. With the support of CNN and MSNBC of course..

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Kevin B

    The majority of voters know that the GOP and insurance would rather bankrupt the nation rather than lift a finger to reform this out of control money grab we call health care.

    The dems need to plaster the airwaves with the facts to fight the lies of the republicans and thier corporate masters.

    The best way to defeat a lie is to expose it early and continuosly. If we had done that in 2002 we would not have lost so many people and so much treasure in Iraq which was based on a lie.

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. RealityKing

    I will not raise middle class taxes, not one single penny. -Obama campaign promise.

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Nick

    That's funny, I thought misrepresentation was the common currency of all of Congress. And I wonder how many Demicrats received money during the elections from insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc.

    If you want to be successful then you better start moving to where Americans want you: controlling costs and not creating another bloated government bureaucracy. No more huge deficits.

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. lil

    In the boehner video did boehner forge President Obama's signature on that form at the end?

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Pat F

    Democrats! You said elections have consequences – you have the House, the Senate (filibuster proof), and the White House!

    So Pass It! Why are you in need of so much political cover! Why are you whining about the Republicans, whom you characterize as in free fall, decline, ignored and forgotten?

    JUST PASS IT! What are you afraid of?

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Rick in OP

    TITANIC = Obama Administration

    ICEBERG = Raising taxes on the middle-class to pay for health care reform, cap and trade, etc.

    You remember what happened in the movie?

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Thelma, CT

    You go girl, we are with you. We will fight, fight, fight for a better health care system. A system where the people rule, and not the insurance CEO's.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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