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. Jennifer

    Right now life or death decisions are being made by greedy insurance companies that will cancel your coverage just when you need it most. Doctors should not have to play "mother may I" with the insurance companies, which is why we need the government option. They have grown too powerful, and have greatly abused their power.

    If you don't want to take the government option, then DON'T. It's only an option, and those that want to keep private insurance can do so.

    August 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Working Class American

    My health care provider is an HMO. Who do you think makes the decision as to what medical procedures are covered by my HMO? Me, as the patient, my doctor, a team of doctors? Nope. It's the bottom-line-how-much-money-are-we-making bureaucrats that work for the HMO! Most likely the ones who are making big bonus because they're saving the company money by denying coverage for certain procedures!

    Wake up America . . . insurance companies are not our friends!

    August 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Stephan

    I don't understand – why does the American Chamber of Commerce and other private-business dominated group support health care reform but a group called Club for Growth is against it. If they represent the private sector why do they have their own club? Can we join? How do you join? Is it open to the public? Does it allow for all ethnic and racial groups to join? And growth for what? Tomato plants? Golf course grass? 401K plans?

    I just don't get it. They're busing people around? Like back in the 70s?

    August 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Lynn

    The bureaucrats at my insurance company already make decisions about my familys healthcare. My newborn daughter was ill at birth and her pediatrician ordered daily bloodwork to keep her from entering a critical state. My insurance company is denying the claims for those tests, because they don't believe they were necessary, yet if she hadn't been tested she could have died! WAKE UP AMERICA! The bureaucrats at your insurance company already make the decisions about your family's healthcare, not you!

    Although, I guess at least I have health insurance. Lucky my family is under my healthcare plan, my husband's employer (a small business) just announced that as of September 1st they will no longer offer healthcare to their employees... they can't afford it!

    August 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Former Repub

    If the Club for Growth opposes government-run health care, does that mean they want to kill off Medicaire and VA medical benefits?

    August 4, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. lb

    Have any of you read the Health care plan or do you just hear what Obama and his cronies preach? I urge you all to read the plan, look at the programs in England/Sweden (you'll see inferior health care) and then weigh in. You may be surprised what the plan puts in place. Yes, there should be health care reform...start with tort reform but gee, Obama is a lawyer and he isn't touching them. Reform our existing health caree but don't give it to the government who cannot manage SS or Medicare.

    August 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Georgia

    What are they talking about???? As it is now – the INSURANCE COMPANIES are making the LIFE & DEATH DECISIONS!!!!

    And THEY have been deciding to let AMERICAN'S DIE!!!!!!

    Why do we allow the INSURANCE COMPANIES to make those decisions while they make HUGE PROFITS??????

    THAT is UN-AMERICAN!!!!!

    August 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. bearced

    As the gentleman from ND said most voters are lazy and don't take any time to try and understand the issue. That is why outrageous claims like these work so well. I'm sure the government would not deny me any more than my current insurance company does.

    August 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. forpetessake

    In England the government-administered health care system makes decisions about when people should die? That being the case there must be thousands, or more like tens or hundreds of thousands of English citizens pushing to immigrate to the US to get away from that horror. Oh, but the top ten sending countries as a percentage of total inflow, by country of birth, in 2004 were: Mexico, India, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Cuba, Korea, and 10th was Columbia with a total of 18,678. None of the countries with national health systems are even in the list of 'other countries' below the top 10. Why aren't folks from Englad – or any of the countires with national health care – fleeing to our wonderful US Health Care system to save their lives?

    August 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Jim Klimaski

    The few super rich who make up the Club for Growth are simply using the money they have taken from the pockets of the average American worker and are using it to insure they can keep getting richer.
    Every day insurance company claims personnel, who are not medical people let alone doctors, make decisions that lead to the death or serious disability of the "insured" when they deny coverage.
    The insurance industry answers to only one group of people – their shareholders who demand greater and greater profits. The more they can deny coverage, the greater the profits for the membership of the Club for Growth.

    August 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Me

    Can anybody point out where in the Constitution that the Federal Government was granted the power to enact Public Healthcare?

    No, didn't think so.

    Wake up people. This isn't the America of the Founding Fathers. It's the United Socialist States of America now. And just like the economic ruin that befell the USSR, it'll happen to us too.

    August 4, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. minan59

    Both party members are accepting too much money from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry lobbyists. I'm afraid this country will never see any substantial health care reform.

    August 4, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Working Class American

    And for you people who like to say that the federal government can't run anything well . . . excuse me????? Do you mail letters? Do they get there within 1-5 days reliably??? When's the last time the post office lost your mail in all the years you've used the postal service provided by the federal government??? Ask any veterans how they feel about their federally funded, federally run health care? How about the FBI??? Does that seem to work pretty well??? I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.

    August 4, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. disgusted

    You mean the Clb for Greed, don't you?

    August 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. sharon

    do you all live in a plastic bottle with the words RNC on it?
    Of course, they will get any group they can , made up by anyone they can find to put out garbage.

    The insurance people have been depriving people for years of good health. Many people have died...................waiting.

    way to go.

    August 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Simmy

    The anti-tax Club for Growth is funded by big insurance groups who are using the monies you pay in monthly premiums to fund their baseless lies via ads. The government doesn't want to take over your healthcare anymore than it wants to run Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs.........

    What these groups don't want is for you to get a truthful understanding about what's going on. The media won't explain it because most are run by big businesses who resent the fact that they will be taxed a little more (after 8 years of living on the lamb/Bush)......

    These ads, mob mentality disrupting townhall meetings, confusing jargon from McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, etc....are nothing more than swiftboaters re-packaged. The GOP truly needs a major overhaul.......

    August 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    I met a couple from Canada that told us of a recent episode involving their 20-something sone. He had a pain in his stomach area for several days, it got to the point where he couldn't go to work.

    Went to a clinic (quicker response at clinics) – can't see anything wrong – if it doesn't improve in a few days go to the Hospital.

    Went to the Hospital, Xray, Blood tests, still don't know whats wrong with him. Next step, go home, get an MRI. Still unable to work.

    Schedule an MRI – Earliest date Sept 23, 2009 (are they kidding, 3 months wait?)

    August 4, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. MaryanneAZ

    This debate is not about health care or taxes, it is about President Obama. The GOP still cannot believe that a Black man WON the presidency away from the old standard bearer and his stunningly bad VP pick. BTW, I'm a White unapologetic and enthusiastic Obama supporter. Yes WE Can!!!

    August 4, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Drew, FL

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

    Because an insurance company flunkie, err bureaucrat and politician should be making the decisions for you. Got a pre-existing condition? Great! Let's drop your coverage. Is there anything you can do about the cost of your premiums? No. Great! Let's raise your premiums.

    This message is brought to you by the Fascist Right Wing Party. Paid for by Big Insurance and Big Pharma to the tune of $1.3 million lobbying dollars per day.

    August 4, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter

    Fear, republicans, fear. Demographics are on our side. as this country gets younger and browner, your pathetic version of America, where everything is a commodity will fade away. It's only a matter of time. Have a nice day!

    August 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Stephan

    Tort Reform – read as – relinquish your constitutional right to civil recourse against negligent doctors, insurance companies and health care professionals. What a plan the GOP has – they'll give you a credit of $5,000 that is really just a $5,000 per policy subsidy to the insurance companies, and just for kicks they want the American people go give up their right to sue for damages when they are injured or killed by mistakes.

    August 4, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Col

    Only a Democrat would want the Government involved in your personal healthcare decisions. Let me know if I can live or die.

    August 4, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. MJ

    We need reform – Not Government Run Health Care – Why can't the American public see this? Obama has been going after our freedom piece by piece. You want Socialism – Move to a Country that has it!

    August 4, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. yuri

    The privately administered health care has miserably failed to insure enough number of Americans which has made US lag behind other countries in insurance coverage. If this trend continues the uninsured Americans will infect others and lo and behold, the health care costs will escalate like there is no tomorrow.

    August 4, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. jt

    I am a Repub. for healthcare reform. I'm ok with a public option with the provision:

    To be eligible you must
    1) take a drug test.
    2) be a citizen of this country.

    Then I would be more than happy to pay a little more on my taxes. Otherwise. No Deal!

    August 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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