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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  1. DX in TX

    The other day I heard a gentleman say, "he didn't want a government run healthcare and they better keep their hands off of his Medicare!" How sad that he doesn't know that Medicare is run by the government!

    If conservatives want to privatize it or get rid of it? Why don't they say so? If not, then why are they against anything government run except for Medicare and Social Security?

    Republicans soles purpose is to confuse the American public with lies and half truths!

    August 3, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. DianeR PC FL

    Good. This ad needs to run 24/7 all over cable. As far as any tax hikes, all that has to be done is to let the Republican Tax Breaks for their base, the Uber Rich, expire so that the poor little Insurance CEO's will have to pay more income taxes on their obscene pay and the deficit will disappear. Under RepubliKlans, the rich got the gold mine and the middle class gets the shaft – all the time!! Also, just remember the next time you see a tea-bagger protesting, these are the Basij of the Blubbering Conservidiot Moron class.

    August 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Lynne

    So the party of "values" would rather pay huge, obscene profits to insurance companies than help fellow citizens...so much for Christian principles. where are the chyrches, the prolife people and their concern for the babies that are born. the hypocrisy of the santimonious right continues.

    August 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This group is one of the ones responsible for the hatred in America, a liberal group attacking the rich guys, its the democratic playbook. Obama is going to raise taxes on all of us who work, while the dope smoking, Oprah watching, ACORN loving, union members sit back and attack those who actually work for a living.

    August 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Marc

    Before anyone AGAINST the health care reform says anything about it...
    YES, Canada has a big problem with their Health Care System, the waiting lines or lists are too big or too slow. That's a fact and quite a political one.
    BUT... in spite of this BIG problem, they don't want to trade THEIR system for a sytem similar to their 'neighbor down below' (USA).
    Just like many Canadians cross the border to get rid of the lists and lines, many Americans goes up there to get AFFORDABLE health care as many Americans goes to Mexico, Brazil and European countries because, even with all the tranportation, accomodation and other bills that they had to pay BESIDES the health care bills in those countries, in the end it is still cheaper than in here!
    But there's NOTHING wrong with the current system...

    August 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    As a Republican I can honestly say that I could care less whether they donate to my candidates. I just don't want to be forced to pay for lousy health care. I'd rather buy it myself.

    August 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. STEVE

    How true, how true.

    August 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Robin in SC

    Until the insurers are reigned in, reform will not work. Seventeen years experience in health care administration makes it obvious to me that the keys to truly reforming our system to be what it can and should be requires total regulation of the demonic insurance industry along with meaningful immigration reform.

    August 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Wake Up

    Conservatve Values are this: Less Federal Govt. control, more freedoms, local rights, and low taxes.
    Stay out of my life, and my wallet
    PERIOD.

    August 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Vivian

    insurance companies have been "well kept" for years.

    August 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Tom

    Keep going! Fight off the public option. Those working in the insurance company will thank you for their profits while they continue to compete with no one. I'd love to have a company pulling in tons of money with virtually no competition or regulation that forces [the company] to treat people fairly.

    August 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. barry in las vegas

    Where is the picture of Pelosi standing next to the $250,000 she has taken in from the villainous insurance companies?

    August 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Jefe

    I've always felt that every dollar of expense (including salary, building costs, etc.) as well as every dollar of profit in the insurance industry, represent inefficiencies in the healthcare system. There is no doubt in my mind the government can do the same job more efficiently when looked at in terms of dollars and effectiveness. This may not be true in every instance, but in the case of health insurance, it is clear that even the government can do a better job.

    August 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Two things:

    First, democrats have solid majorities in both houses. Don't blame the republicans.

    Second, beware of government when it starts looking for villians to put the blame on. Someday, you will be the villian yourself.

    August 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    If government can provide health care dollars better than insurance companies, fine. But I have not yet seen a government program that can do it better than private industry. Will governemtn attack tort reform? No. Will government hire actuaries to figure out how much something really truly costs? I doubt it. Just tax people to make up the difference.

    August 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Wade

    I am seeing a lot of posts attacking Republicans and supporting Public health Care.

    I want to see what you all think in 10 years when we have turned our health care over to congress to manage. Think about this folks. The same people who have mismanaged Medicare/Medicaid to the point where it is almost useless, are being handed the medical future of the entire nation. Have fun using a 3rd world health care system. I already know several medical students who are re-thinking their career choice. And dont give me that crap about Public Health being an option. Thats the biggest joke ever... Asking a private industry to compete with a tax-funded system. Every tax-payer will bail on the private sector, because they are already being forced to partially pay for the "Public Option". By the way, Ford Motor Company is getting the shaft too, they are competing against Government funded Motor Company now too. How is that fair?

    August 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. reallly????

    "What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?"

    Abraham Lincoln

    August 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Palin 2012 - 2014 1/2

    I hope the Idiots that do NOT want healthcare reform get a look at the commercial. It may just sink into their brains that only the insurance industry and the people bought by them are against reform!!!
    It IS NOT government control!!!! If you like paying for what you have , you can keep it(and mine too!!!!).

    August 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. T KS

    This is far to important to let the special interests in Washington pay for the outcome they want. Any Senator that votes against a health care system that views health care as a human right is clearly in the pocket of the insurance companies. When will we stop believing this garbage that the US has the best health care system? We pay far more for far less then the rest of the civilized world. We are the only one to use Insurance. Its a bogus pyramid scheme that has been bankrupting America and Americans for 40 years. It's time to WAKE UP AMERICA! Tell your Senator to stop accepting money from the special interests and vote based on your best interest and that of you neighbor. We can not let this fail.
    And please CNN and the other MSM outlets, start telling the truth about the healthcare system in this country. Your sister company Time magazine did an article on it and clearly showed how the rest of the civilized world has got it right. Why aren't we seeing more about it in this light? If it fails to pass, you are partly responsible for it.
    WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN NOW!

    August 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Jane

    yep, daddy obama is going to fix everything. All the people pushing for this disaster to happen will develop amnesia when dung hits the fan. and we are paying more for regulated heathcare with a shortage of doctors and nurses. Oh, and while you are happy with that enjoy the less take home pay you will have with the yearly federal car tax on every vehicle you own (in addition to state taxes/registration). And enjoy watching your taxes go up so you can bring home less money than ever to support your family. You can keep the change; I want my country back...and while you are at it– quit blaming the previous administration for all the failures this stuff started with FDR and has gone down hill since. This is definately the generation of blame, blame, blame, because no one can look in the mirror and take responibility anymore. Geez

    August 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Jake

    Gee I wonder if he has the same health care benefits as the president and congress. Just wondering. It's good enough for the people but not for MEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    August 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Torch

    I'll just go ahead and say it.

    I could care less if you have health insurance or not. It's not my job, nor the governments for that matter to see that you do.

    The Dems are so hypocritical, TORT reform? Naah, can't do that, that would cut into our pockets, so we'll leave that out of the reform

    figures, so pathetic and everyone screams why everything is so expensive.

    IT'S THE TRIAL LAWYERS STUPID! WAKE UP

    Now the Insurance people are the bad guys now. Dems have no shame

    August 3, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The Insurance industry and others are the Corporate Fascists.They pay people to post on here to keep the truth from being told and cloud the waters and hope to make people afraid of a public option.

    August 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Tom Paine

    One more Obama scam. Democrats are the worst.

    If you don't like your insurance company – get another one. If you don't like Obama run health care – where do you go? Canada? Oops can't go there either. Try Mexico.....

    Insurance companies and trial lawyers just love Obama's health care "reform." They will make plenty off concessions and lawsuits. Meanwhile, everyone else gets screwed.

    August 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Bill

    For those who complain that they don't want a Canadian-style system, Canadians pay about 65% per capita of what Americans spend and still cover 100 % of Canadians (compared to about 80 % of Americans) so obviously our system is much more efficient. Also, we never have to worry that an illness will not be covered because it was supposedly a 'pre-existing condition'. If we were willing to pay a little more (say 80 % per capita of what Americans pay), the wait times would disappear. The main problem with the U.S. system is the massive overhead costs associated with the current multiple-payer system. How come the Americans don't deserve a government-run plan similar to the one that all Senators and members of the House of Representatives enjoy?

    August 3, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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