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. Meh

    Wake up> Oh, PLEASE. People from Canada are APPALLED when they come here on vacation and find out they have to pay if they have a medical emergency. They pray the entire time they don't get sick!
    We are the ONLY Western country w.out a single-payer option. Ridiculous!
    People shouldn't be getting wealthy off other people's bad luck.

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Peter (CA)

    We are not the envy of the world when it comes to health care. We are 37th in life expectancy and our medical outcomes are not as good as they are in other countries.

    Yes, health care is a problem. This is just not about illegals, it's about citizens. We allow insurance companies to dictate care when their goal is to maximize their profits for their shareholders. How does that make sense?

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Predicta

    Health care is dead. The 80 percent who have it, don't want to give up what they have, despite the president's assurances. For these people, if it's not broken don't fix it. A vast majority of this group ranks their health care as good or excellent. This begs the question, Shouldn't government focus on reducing the costs, rather than turning the current system upside down?

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. IndependentMinded

    Progressively liberal talking/lying points:

    Congress will hold the insurance industry accountable
    government controled health care good for consumers

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Philvis

    I guess the ad didn't mention the tax hikes for the middle class that are just around the corner. Don't you just love stomped on campaign promises that help get someone elected. I don't see a re-election in His future if taxes are raised and this crappy health care "reform" is passed.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Tracey, MT

    The president will remember his promise, but he can not rule everything out.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Jenn, Philadelphia

    The proposed health care bill will also include "middle men". The only question is whether you want that to be a government bureaucrat or an insurance industry hack? I would like neither.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Very simple.....being sick is big bucks for the insurance companies...

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Melissa

    I'm just fine with paying higher taxes so long as I get proper health care. What we need to do is stop giving the bloody military so much money to murder people in illegal foreign religious wars, and start giving the money to the people by providing proper health care.

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. RJ- GA.

    Amen, Mrs. Pelosi ! The truth of the matter is as long as we are a nation with a system run for profit, average Americans will come out with the short end of the stick ! Question, the Republicans ran congress for 6 years and never even thought about Health Care reform, yet they want to keep average Americans hostage to the insurance companies. My family has two different insurance coverages, yet they act and pay as one, under the rip off of coordinated benefits, in other words when one pays the other doesn't feel they should ! But these theives never coordinate our two premium payments every month ! It seems the Republicans never see a proposal or benefit they like for the middleclass, they agree only for tax cuts for the RICH !!!!

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. twitwits are the new nitwits

    You always hear these paid rightwing street teamers crying about being taken over by socialists but you never hear them talk about the Corporate Fascists that will take their guns in due time.Its because ,knowingly or not ,they work for the fascists.Google "Corporate Fascism" and see who our real enemy is.

    August 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Keely

    Attack this CEO all you want ..... BUT – BIG QUESTION IS really – just WHO is paying for this health care reform and HOW? Where is the money coming from? The "poor" who don't have insurance are mostly NOT WORKING ! They don't pay taxes either. BUT – BOY THEY SURE DO GET A VOTE!
    Now isn't that democratic?
    Hey ! This is AMERICA ! This is the American way. Ya gotta love it.
    Ahmen – God Bless America

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. T KS

    Maybe if stop allowing special interests and paid lobbyists to buy our representatives votes, we might actually be able to get a meaningful bill passed. Paid Lobbying on Capitol Hill is the root of all our nations problems. Lobbying is fine but it should not entail actually bribing or paying off our elected representatives to vote against the interests of their constituents. I say we get a bill passed to cut this process off at the knees. Our country would work so much better if we had people in Washington that wanted to serve their country instead of make a dime on the backs of it's citizens. Oh, and the Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies are the most guilty of this (along with Big Oil). The problems we face as a country and as a planet are too big and vital to solve to let them decide our fate.

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Those who believe in Universal Healthcare should chant the mantra
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    to the ears of congress people everywhere. Say it with me
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
    WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION

    August 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    So sick of seeing Insurance Companies in cities going up and they are the biggest in town. Profits from premiums?

    Also sick of all the Insurance ADS on TV day and night – all channels. Profits from premiums?

    Premiums and deductibles going up – claims being denied. NO NO NO NO NO

    August 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Beau Ned Hicks

    Who pays for health care is only an issue because of the ridiculously exploitive cost of services. If I need a new roof or a new furnace I can dig deep and find a way to fund it. If I need surgery, I'm potentially going to have to forfeit everything I've been able to build these last 40 years.

    Medical services cost far more in the U.S. than in any other country because we have privatized and monopolized an essential service.

    It's fine to talk about the free market when it is truly free. In the case of monopolistic or collusive price exploitation, market arguments are inappropriate.

    It is high time we took back our country and put an end to the rigged game the Republicans are paid to protect.

    George Bush was the final straw.

    August 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Bill, Bloominton IL

    and once again democrats believe the insurance industry should be a not for profit organization. Jeff, most of the money would come from the lies told by the dummycrats.

    August 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Want to know who got money from Insurance Companies and Credit Cards?

    opensecrets.org

    Check out your own US Congress Person – interesting.

    August 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Peoples Voice

    Get'em. Expose all the lies. Let the public know who is getting how much money from the lobbyists. Do not relent.

    August 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    PUBLIC OPTION? Why?? Who should pay for YOUR health care!! Get a job and pay yourself! I'm a middle class father, and am sick of supporting the unwilling. This nanny garbage is out of control.
    I love my health insurance! I find it relatively affordable.

    Public OPTION is selling our souls to the devil. We will be forever in debt, have worse health care, and lose our freedoms. Obama wants to control what procedures should be chosen. WAKE UP

    August 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. jt

    I really don't understand why Obama takes the blame when stock market goes down and when it goes up...who takes the credit? there are no words form the news....like cnn.

    August 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Here's some food for thought....my son came up with this one: "Being born and having working organs is already a pre-existing condition." If you think about it, most health aspects are inherited anyway, so everyone already has a pre-existing condtition of some kind, which means that we are all in the same boat when it should come to health insurance.....including those that vote against any type of public option. I think the American taxpayer/voter should have a say in what type of health coverage the Congress gets since they don't have the same problems we do. If you look at this way, Senators McCain, Spector and Dodd, to name a few, now have pre-existing conditions. What would they do if they lost their coverage?

    August 3, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Obama Victim

    don't alot of law abiding, tax paying good Americans work at insurance companies?? now I know that "working" is a foreign concept to most Obozobots........but how did you get to the point of attacking people who are jusy working and raising their faimilies?? sad..very sad

    August 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Rob

    Let's see, the Dems have a fillabuster proof majority in the Senate. They have an overwhelming majority in the House. They can pass whatever they want, without a single Republican vote (remember Barry's must have stimulus that was gonna keep the unemployment rate below 9%?). Yet according to you libs, the reason the President's (disaster of a) healthcare reform attempt is not passing is because of the Republicans? Well, we all know the truth, you need Republicans so you can blame them for this when elections roll around next year. But for now we'll chalk it up to you libs and your silly fuzzy math.

    August 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Larry

    The insurance industry is corrupt and needs regulation. Their practices are absolutely immoral.

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