August 4th, 2009
03:37 PM ET
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Club for Growth targets Democrats over health care

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross is among the conservative Democrats being targeted by the Club for Growth's new health care ad campaign.
Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross is among the conservative Democrats being targeted by the Club for Growth's new health care ad campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The anti-tax Club for Growth is launching a $1.2 million ad campaign in four states pressuring Democratic members of Congress to "oppose government-run health care."

The spot makes the claim that in England, the government-administered health care system makes decisions about when patients should die.

"Life and death medical decisions should be made by patients and doctors, not politicians and bureaucrats," says the ad's narrator.

The 30-second ad will begin running Thursday in Nevada, Colorado, Arkansas and North Dakota. Several of the Democratic legislators being targeted hail from conservative districts and might have to answer for their health care vote in the 2010 midterms.

"Members of Congress who would support a plan that raises taxes and involves the government in some of the most important and personal decisions in our lives will hear from us," said the Club's president Chris Chocola in a statement announcing the campaign.


According to the Club, the ads will run throughout the August congressional recess.

The group said the campaign is aimed at Nevada Sen. Harry Reid; Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall; Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor; and North Dakota Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad.

Targeted members of Congress include Arkansas Reps. Marion Berry, Vic Snyder, and Mike Ross; Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, John Salazar, Betsy Markey, Ed Perlmutter, and North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

Several of those Democrats have already been taking heat over the airwaves: The Republican National Committee ran television ads last month in three of those states - Nevada, Arkansas and North Dakota - casting doubt on the president's health care effort.


Filed under: Democrats • Health care
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. George

    You bet. Is that group part of CNN also? Seems that CNN is not very Dem friendly today.

    August 4, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Yes, let's oppose government run healthcare. And while we are at it let's also oppose government run military, elections, police stations, fire stations, and courts too.

    Next we need to figure out how to get life and death medical decisions not to be made by the insurance company that approves or disapproves treatment.

    August 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Indigo4

    "Life and death medical decisions should be made by patients and doctors, not politicians and bureaucrats," says the ad's narrator.

    So why is my insurance denying my claim from my ER visit a few weeks back? I had fluid around my heart, it WAS life and death. Yet bureaucrats are already denying us.

    August 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. ANGIE IN PA

    The Lobbyisit are at work again!

    August 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Typical Republican

    Yea......I would rather the Insurance Companies make decisions when patients should die, solely based on profit margin. It's so much better that way, when profit drives the decision to murder a person by denying coverage and/or service. But we know that never happens...right! Right On! Kill them people for profit! The REPUBLICAN WAY!

    August 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. anti-tax Club for Growth a.k.a. feather politicians beds

    or as they are also known, the GOP

    feed the rich, starve the poor

    what a great platform

    August 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Brad

    More ridiculous rhetoric from the right. The bottom line is...if you were diagnosed today with cancer today, do you have $200,000-$300,000 to spend on expensive treatments? Even if you have good insurance, you will probably have to pay $40,000-$50,000. Most americans are just not that rich. The way things are now, the only options they have are to file bankruptcy or die. I don't understand why all of these Republicans think that those are perfectly acceptable options. I know it is because their buddies at the drug and insurance companies are padding their pockets and pressuring them. I just wish they would come out and admit it.

    August 4, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. dz in Austin

    The boogeyman is hiding in health care reform! There is a plan to kill off all the old people. If we can't kill them, we'll convince them to commit suicide. Children only need to go to the Dr. when something is broken, not when they're just sick. Kids get sick and recover all the time, no need to provide coverage for regualar care for them. let them go to the emergency room like I did when i was a kid. If it was good enought for us, it should be good enough for them, at least the poor ones.

    August 4, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. JGB

    Democrats are no longer the party of the people, they have become the party for illegals and welfare recipients. Democrats don't care about the middle class or above, we are only here to supply the money they need to spend on all their social programs. They don't care if they destroy health care, if you are old, they don't want you around collecting social security and needing health care, you are no longer useful to them. Wake up people Quality over quantity.

    August 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Craig- Easton, PA

    Seems to me that health care decisions are already made by bureaucrats working for insurance companies incentivized to deny treatment to make a buck. The Club for Growth and others of their ilk never let facts get in the way of their ideology.

    August 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Joanna in PA

    What about the VA and mdicare. ahould we do away with that as well? We need reform, the system is broke and the insurance companies are rapping us and dictating who we see what we have done and where we go. Costs will triple within 15 yrs. We pay the most and get the least. We have one of the LOWEST life expectances. You are already paying for people without coverage. do not let these people scare you. Nobody wants granny dead. Lies lies lies. The lobbiest are scared they will loose profit. That means we are doing the right thing!! We can not afford to let this go on. WAKE UP!! DEMAND COMPETITION FOR THE PRIVATE COMPANIES,

    August 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Chris

    Riddle me this. Shouldn't CNN be doing their jobs as journalists and pointing out that these ads are full of falsehoods or, at the very least, misleading information?

    No, of course not. Just keep on providing a megaphone for these special interests.

    August 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Moderate Democrat

    I'll tell you what republicans. If you can table a proposal that DICTATES no person will ever be denied life and death treatment by their INSURANCE PROVIDER...that if the Doctor say's "Life and Death">...then the insurance provider MUST pay the bill and not DELAY the treatment, nor can they stop coverage on the patient, nor can they raise the premiums for said patient...then you might have our ears...but if you can't...then you are missing the whole purpose of why we need health care reform.

    As it stands now...the insurance companies are DICTATING who dies. These decisions are based on profit margins. I would much rather have the government making the decisions based on moral standards.

    Life and Death should NOT be a "for PROFIT business!"...that's what leads to mass murder and genocide, as is taking place today by the Health care Insurance companies!

    August 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Good Cause. Good Group.

    August 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Jon

    So then why are life and death decisions in this country made by insurance company executives and actuaries, instead of patients and doctors? This is preferable? The GOP is not interested in improving health care in this country, they're interested in paying back their insurance company cronies and contributors.

    August 4, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. john

    Obama, showed his true color's with the statement against the police.and he has the gaul to say they were Racial profiling!! Shame,Shame!!

    August 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom

    BIG Healthcare has bought and paid for the Republican party!

    PLEASE WAKE UP AMERICA! SEE who is REALLY on YOUR SIDE!

    August 4, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Mitch

    Club for Growth cares about as much for the health of Americans as Al Qaeda does. Do they seriously want to say that the England system really decides when people should die? Since when did Logan's Run suddenly become reality???? It's as idiotic as saying one in five Canadians die from healthcare. How many lies will it take for the GOP and its friends to scare people to death....WAIT...I guess they're the ones who are really telling people when they should die.

    Can we club, club for growth?

    August 4, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Club for Growth: "Keep healthcare broken!"

    August 4, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. leah rosin

    I don't think people realize the finest health system will be destroyed.
    The current systems are – Medicare, Medicaid , are a mess (gov't) Let's fix what is now broken.

    August 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Proud Member..Party of No

    I like my healthcare coverage and my insurance company treats me fairly so Barry, keep your filthy mitts off my healthcare.

    August 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Lion

    Mr. Obama is simply inexperienced, period.

    August 4, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Allelujah

    Insurance companies are currently spending $1.4 million A DAY to lobby Congress and to run ads using fear tactics against health care reform. What are they afraid of if they are sooooo good.

    August 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Marc

    'Life and death medical decisions should be made by patients and doctors, not politicians and bureaucrats' – In which world this guy is living? Or worst, in which world he thinks WE are living in?
    Politicians either pro or against any health care reform ARE making decisions that affect directly the 'life and death' ones that happen everyday and every hour!
    Bureaucrats from the insurance companies do the same (and even more frequently) and, since they are doing such a 'good' job, the USA ranks in 37th in the whole world when it cames to health systems...

    August 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Lynne

    Interesting that the ad with the Canadian woman has been taken off the air now that the Ontario gov't is charging her wiyh DEFAMMATION as she tries to get the Canadian health Care System to pay for her jaunt down to Texas!!

    August 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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