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.


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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Concerned in CA

    Under our current system, accountants and actuaries determine what your health care benefits will and won't cover, not doctors and patients.
    There are bureaucrats already determining your care.

    August 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Jim

    They're frantic that life or death decisions might be made by disinterested "government bureaucrats" but fine with leaving that decision in the hands of insurance bureaucrats whose interests are not in your health and recovery, but only their company's bottom line?

    What's wrong with that picture?

    Maybe it's time for a little more informed dialog and a little less fearmongering.

    August 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. JS007

    I live in Canada where we have government "bureaucrats" managing health care and guess what: they have a much bigger heart than the insurance company bureaucrats who literally profit from denying you care. I'll take a government bureaucrat ANY day – you can always vote them out if you are not happy with their service. It is sad how ignorant so many people in America really are about health care. Please research other systems around the world and stop listening to right wing corporate drones who use lies and fear to stop any progress in its tracks (that includes the Blue Dog "Democrats").

    Insurance companies are pouring $1.4M per DAY into Congress to stop this reform. Not having "socialized" medicine which is much lower cost (fewer players and middle men, less paperwork, better preventive care) is literally bankrupting America – even Obama's plan doesn't fully address that. Where was the Club for Growth when Bush was spending $1 Trillion to blow up Iraq?

    August 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Cali J

    I'm all for healthcare reform. I believe we need a safety net for those without and I believe that those who are able to pay for it should have any healthcare they wish. I will believe in the Government version of Healthcare when it's the same plan for us and them.
    There are horror stories on both sides of the fence of private vs Socialized healthcare. Take the time to find a good plan that forces insurance companies to compete without losing quality care and one that eases the burden on small business, and it will be win win. This partisian fighting and insults get us as Americans nowhere except right where the politicians want us.............divided. Fix illegal immigration, and half the problem is solved. Stop funding military action in countries we shouldn't be in. Keep Mfg businesses in America. We can do this without raising taxes. We just have to do it right.

    August 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. notfooledtx

    Sheesh, just think what this country could do with all the money being spent to fight health care reform. 1.2 million here – 1.4 million per day by the lobbyists. Unbelievable.

    'Life and death medical decisions should be made by patients and doctors, not politicians and bureaucrats' – they're being made by the insurance industry bureaucrats now – that's better?

    August 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Gwen K.Smith

    I see that all the progranda machines are spending millions using buzz words, spin phases, fear tactis, to do what every it take to stop health care reform. The American public needs not be gullible and buy into the lies.
    We should remember for past history that these special interest groups, greed and for profit base companies, and political party and hate filled citizen are only concern their bottom line, power and control, self rightous ideology and who they define as " the real USA , My country, citizen. They want to frighten you to have you to believe that a public option health program will get between you and your doctor, cost you more money , tax you, and let you die.

    Ask your self it what is the current practice of Health Insurance companies now. " Do they prevent your doctor for providing you with the best of care. Can your doctor prescribe the medicine you need at a cost you can pay and give yuou the test or treatment. you need?. Will they provide you with an afforable full coverage health insurance plan? . Are their plans for individual more expense than for employer base insurance plans? Can you claim be denied base on pre-existing condition or cap on cost of procedures?. Do their practice of denyingl, delaying, or refusing to provide health coverage led to death? .Do you have to choose between paying higher copayments and meeting other financial cost such as food and housing?.

    Remember the elected politican some Blue Dog Democrates and Republican are paid millions by the companies and group opposing health care reform and a public option. A public option and health reform that woul dprovide you with afforable, quality health care , comsumer protection because this will be a threat to their bottom line and self interest of power and contrlol.

    August 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. aware

    America is waking up! :)

    "No" to government health care! "No" to a single payer agenda!

    August 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. S M R

    The GOP is against any program for the people. They concentrate on breaking us down instead of building us up. Your greedy ways are out in the open for everyone to see. WE THE PEOPLE will again have the last word come election day.

    August 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. kyle from ohio

    Some say they belief in Free enterprise and some say they belief in Free market, some say that small and middle size companies are buried with legacy cost that prevent them from competing with other countries. The Health Care reform if done right could Free our companies from the legacy cost of employees. Giving them the ability to pay more or hire more. Why should a company be responsible for My health care, it should be my health care that i pay for regardless what company or state i live in it should always follow me. So if you are some of the people who say Free market, understand that no company should be giving you a benefit of Health care, it should be your already. WE the People.

    August 4, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. donttreadonme

    Reform doesn't have to include a Government take over. Lets end end the employer plans and let us have more freedom.

    August 4, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Ted Tartaglia

    Just more Republican drivel. They have no solutions so they criticize. Intelligent people ignore Republican ranting.

    August 4, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. S M R

    The paid Right-wing crazies are out full force today. You people are unamerican and sheep for the rich. FOOLS

    August 4, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Richard-Arkansas

    Club for Growth is a rich man's club that want to shift tax policy to everyone else and protect their corporate holdings. They already got the divident rate cut below what the bagger at WalMart pays. They want to kill the estate tax although most of the estates were never taxed at any time and the estate recipents did nothing to earn the money tax-free except for being born with a gold spoon in their mounth.

    They definately have the best insurance they can get and to hell with everyone else. Look at the membership and you will see the union bashers, tea bag funders, and lies about government-sponsored health plans. These are the 20 richest families in America whose families made their money off of the backs of the rest of us but they see no obligation to the country-just to their wallets. There are too many people without insurance that the rest of us are currently paying for under our insurance rates or our tax rates.

    I'll listen to them when we get the top end tax rate back up to where it was in the good old days of Republican Dwight Eisenhower years-91%.

    August 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. m jeff

    anti tax club for growth= insurance Reps

    August 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. CK

    At least they are targeting Democrats this time instead of their own Republican party-mates. This right-wing organization proves what is wrong with the thinking of the Republican party! They tend to target moderate Republicans in moderate/democrat districts, primary their own party, get a conservative to win the primary, then lose the general election to the democrat. Not a smart way to keep seats in the R category and aiming for a majority! They are a fringe group, a bunch of bullies, and plain wrong! Hope they close up shop!

    August 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. RRR

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

    WOW...I guess the Club for Growth assumes everyone already HAS health care! Their ad is ignorance in a vacumm.

    August 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Ad West

    Can't wait to see these fear mongering, half-truth ads on TV. Private insurance companies are not doctors: they don't care about people, they care about their bottom line. I'm ready for change.

    August 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. mjm

    Joanna in PA,

    Yes we should. Both are broke.

    "DEMAND COMPETITION FOR THE PRIVATE COMPANIES,"

    Private companies do compete. Nobody competes against free health care provided by the government.

    August 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Craig

    Why can't there be an honest discussion about what is needed and what is affordable without all the politics and positioning. It is so hard to dig through all the hateful talk to find out what people really need. What happen to the day when people could talk about issues instead of yell. It just isn't right.

    August 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    As a small manufacturing business owner, I find that it is not so difficult right now to give my 15 employees good health insurance. If they want supplemental insurance, that's affordable too.

    Based on the large number of interactions we have with government agencies as a manufacturing business...I am glad we don't have to deal with them on health care. I'll take the insurance companies any day. They care about keeping your business. Government agencies care about absolutely nothing. Nada. They have no incentive to.

    August 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Grover Norquist, the head of Club for Growth, was a strong proponent of the invasion of Iraq. Translation – money to help sick Americans get health insurance is bad, money to invade a sovereign nation under false pretenses is good. Think Grover from Sesame Street has more sense.

    August 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Kate in SW Fla

    Yeah, but what they are saying is false and misleading. Gee, what a surprise. No one is talking about nationalizing health care. Democrats want to offer MORE choice, not less. This is so ridiculous and if people fall for it, they deserve the lousy system they have. Trouble is, I don't. I am American too, and I want a public option. They do nmot have ot take it but, typical phoney Republicans. They say they are all about freedom, bu twant to prevent me my choice.

    August 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Vic of New York

    Club for Growth? You must mean the Right-Wing "Club for Growth of the Coin in our Pockets over the Peasants on the Street" Club for Growth.

    Or are you writing about the "Club for Growth of Executive Compensation"?

    Or maybe you speak of the "Club for Growth of Health Care Industry Profits - Screw the Little Guy"?

    Or perhaps the "Club for Growth of Unregulated Industry and a Bopal for All"?

    August 4, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Dotson, IL

    It's time to vote out of office all politicans that votes against this health care reform bill and votes against including a public option in this plan. The people keep voting these people in office, knowing they are taking thousands and thousand of dollars from the insurance company. The only way Washington will be change is by changing the peoples that running WASHINGTON.

    August 4, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. nathan smith ga

    the republicans are being paid off by the insurance companies. america, dont let your heart be troubled we will get healthcare we must not give up!

    August 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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