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. Barney

    As someone from ND, I say good for them but it won't do any good to waste money in ND.

    Our three amigos while coming from a conservative state many times go against the wishes of the majority of ND. They voted for Clintons tax increase – a majority of ND was against that, they voted against the Bush tax cuts – a majority of ND was against that, they voted for the stimulus – a majority of the people of ND were against that, they voted for the bank bailouts – a majority of the people of ND were against that. Senator Conrad sent me a letter saying he had a problem with the cash for clunker bill but still voted for it because he was told how to vote.

    These three taking their marching orders from the national Democrat party, Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy, and Obama. The electorate in ND votes on name recognition only and are lazy, that is why we have these three disgraceful people supposedly representing ND in DC.

    August 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Jim

    Canada's system is universal with everyone covered. Life is available to all. No one ever told me what doctor I could see or when a terminally ill family member would die. The US has health care for the weathy. In the US money decides who will die.

    August 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Capt Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Wen need to March on Washington like MLK did back in 1963! $ million of us yelling for health care would seal the deal.

    August 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Brian

    INSURANCE COMPANIES choose when people die.

    What kind of idiots run the Club for Growth? People with government benefits plans, I'm sure.

    August 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Obama Victim

    need to keep the pressure on............we can destroy Obama on this

    August 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Bev

    If the Democrats think they just dismiss 70% of the American public who are upset and angry over healthcare and blame it on the Republicans they are in for one eaful. How arrogant can you get?? How DARE they accuse the people who are upset of being some extremist fringe. I am no part of a group....I am a single mom with two teenage children who works hard every day and I expect my tax money to be spent responsibly. NOT taken and spent on some social experiment that's going to DESTROY my country. If the Democrats and the liberal news media want to be that arrogant then you are going to have 70% of the population ticked off and guess what? You're not going to be a happy camper in 2010.

    August 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Margaret

    They are not the only organization watching this. Americans are waking up to the fact that this administration is not interested preserving the economy or our way of life in this country.
    And politicians supportive of their agenda, on either side of the aise, WILL be voted out of office.

    Stop the threats, stop the spending and stop forcing bills through without reading them. Don't tell me that any of this is good for the country.
    Any bill worth doing is worth taking the time to do well and should cover Congress as well as all government employees.

    August 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Craig of LA

    Lies, lies and more lies. Joseph Goebbels would be proud of Republicans for their blatant propaganda. And the old saying remains true; you cannot tell a single lie for you must continue lying to defend the first lie. And this is the so called party of 'Family Values'? Abarham Lincoln is turning in his grave, as is Ronald Reagan, both honorable men now dishonored by a party that has sold its soul to health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. You will not win with the politics of fear and lies this time.

    August 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Obama only creates TAXES

    The Obama Socialistic Republic Of Non-America will control your life and when you die.

    Next they will make food out of your body, SOLENT GREENE

    August 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    More of the same GOP tactic: Scare Granny.

    August 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Cluyb For Growth = Allowing the doctors, lawyers, pharmaceutical and health companies and insurance interests to grow!!!

    August 4, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. NJ

    Ah yes...good ole club for "growth."

    Is the club for "growth" awair that the British (as well as all other country except the US) love thier healthcare system. Club for "growth" apparantly believes that life and death medical decisions should be made by insurance company. Not doctors and patients

    August 4, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. A B C

    Don't listen to these groups, DO WHATS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR FUTURE.

    August 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Mike Decker

    "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.

    Hmmm...and the current wars do not fit this description? What a crock. Feeding people scare tactic lies is sickening.

    August 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. David

    I live in Canada and although are health care system is not perfect I will take it over the US for profit health care system that has seen millions of Americans go into to debt to pay for health care and if they cannot afford to pay that debt they go bankrupt.

    My Mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost ten years ago and although she has now passed on she received excellent care from our government run socialized health care system.

    I will pay higher taxes and put up with some of the problems we experience in order to protect a health care system that does not require one to spend thousands of dollars for health care insurance or tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to receive treatment.

    Your health care system is not the best in the world and when it comes to health care it should not be about profit but rather taking care of those in need whether they can afford that care or not.

    August 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. James

    Please, let us bring government into healthcare!

    I'll take them anytime between me and my doctor ,before I'll take insurance companies with their hand out on teh way from my pocket to my doctor's. They bring NO added value to healthcare. All these scare tactics being used against reform are the same things that are happening NOW with insurance companies running things. Take a look at the most profitable companies in the stock market and you'll find that the majority are insurance companies (with oil well companies right there too). How much healthier is that making us?

    August 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Republicans your lies will not prevail this time. Liar, Liar pants on Fire!

    August 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Moderate Democrat

    Our current system operates under a 'For Profit" basis. That means people are killed for profit.

    Doctor: Patient needs this to live
    Insurance: Will we profit if he gets it?
    Doctor: No...but the patient will die with out it.
    Insurance: So...let them die. We won't pay. Please tell them their policy has been cancelled too. kkthxbai!

    August 4, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. dg

    let the politicians keep digging there hole deeper and deeper, that is where they will be when they get voted out, they are all doing this to themselves

    August 4, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Jeff E.

    This bogus group of right wing radicals uses the tax issue as a ruse for opposing any kind of change from the Bush legacy. With all the hyperbolic wailing and gnashing of teeth from teabaggers and other neocon-inspired loons, they hope to drown out the voices of reason in this and all debates. They're not interested in solutions. They're just interested in keeping in place policies that favor the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

    August 4, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. John

    The hypocrisy from the Right is never ending. The decisions right now are made by insurance company bureaucrats. Not only that the insurance companies are the ones responsible for people's deaths when they deny coverage to the critically ill. WE NEED REFORM NOW and we need Insurance companies to be controlled.

    August 4, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    The government has repeatedly proved they can't run ANYTHING. We need some kind of reform, but to put the government in charge would be a complete disaster. There are not enough Doctors now, but if the government takes over and establishes the pay scale, there'll be a lot less.

    August 4, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. ran

    Who do yo think are making the decisions now for those who have private insurance? Yes you are right the private insurance companies.

    For me stay our of Colorado with you lies.

    I want single payer non-profit health care. I want my money to go to my health not multimillion $ salaries/bonuses to executives or dividends to shareholders or companies' private jets or gold trim dinnerware in their board rooms.

    August 4, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Melissa

    This is childish. Continuing with the status quo is NOT growth, it is destruction. How about we try something that actually uses your brains for a change? We tried it the "status quo" way for years and it brought us to where we are now.

    No more Republicans. No more Republicans. No more Republicans.

    You are destroying us and you need to go away.

    August 4, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. David

    Further to my previous post, I need to add that all health care decisions made here in Canada are between the doctor and his or her patient. The government is never involved in that decision. Governments here determine what is and what is not covered by our government run health care system. Certain medical procedures the patient must pay for out of pocket such as wart removal.

    My Mother' surgery to remove some of her brain tumor was covered under the government run health care system. We paid nothing out of pocket for her surgery, stay in hospital, radiation therapy or follow up care.

    We have an imperfect system but at least we do not have to go into debt to pay for a majority or our health care needs.

    August 4, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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