August 21st, 2009
11:45 AM ET
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Health care ad wars continue

New health care ads on both sides of the debate are launching next week.
New health care ads on both sides of the debate are launching next week.

(CNN) - The health care ad wars aren't letting up as the dog days of summer set in.

First, national Republicans are targeting two potentially vulnerable 'Blue Dog' Democrats during the congressional recess over Democratic efforts at health care reform.

The new ads launching Friday will air in the swing districts of New York Rep. Mike Arcuri and Ohio Rep. Zack Space. NRCC spokesman Ken Spain declined to reveal the size of the ad buy but described it as "significant."

"President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cooking up a risky experiment, on health care. Higher costs, tax hikes, and, get this, massive cuts to Medicare," versions of both ads state. Arcuri/Space already votes with Pelosi 90 percent of the time, now what do you think he'll do?"

Meanwhile, the liberal labor group Americans United for Change announced Friday it is launching a new ad on national cable next week that beats back at debunked claims about the Democrats' health care plans and spotlights what it calls "the real death panels that exist in America today."

"Their lies about phony Death Panels have all been proven false...unfortunately, there are real death panels in America," the announcer says, as footage is shown of 13-year old congressional testimony from a former Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical director who said she has denied patients potential life-saving surgeries.

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  1. Danel

    I don't care if his poll ratings is sagging right now. What matters most is that he can pass the healthcare reform.

    August 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Steve - Ohio

    It does not matter if you are with either of the two parties. The reality is that my generation, the boomers have screwed this country up so bad I wonder if it can be fixed for my children and grand children.

    Pols on both sides are un-responsive to the public. Don't buy into the idea that protesters are paid by such and such a lobby. This discontent is real and that scares the hell out of Washington.

    You would have just had to live back in the sixties and gone to college then
    .
    Our pols and myself were self indulgent, arrogant, know everything with all the answers.

    Well guess what......we are directing the country.

    You allow it to go on everyday. We do not care because whether executive or union we are lining our pockets and paying lip service to you.

    Don't you get it........

    August 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. VGal

    It is hilarious to watch Republicans decry "death panels" and "killing grandma" and "nazi healthcare" – which are ALL debunked and ridiculous. But the FUNNIEST part – is that the Republican leaders are all LAUGHING at the idiots that believe this stuff too. The Repub leaders know they are saying the most ridiculous things – but they also know that their followers are not smart enough to question it and blindly follow. We're all laughing at the ridiculous people spouting this stuff.

    August 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Jane Lexington, KY

    Let's not lose sight of Rick Scott's "Conservatives for Patients' Rights" ad campaign and the fact that his company, HCA Health Corporation, was fined $1.7 billion in criminal and civil fines for its fraud of the Medicare program. How quickly we forget! Here in Kentucky, at that time the corporate headquarter for his company, during a previous effort to reform health insurance, his efforts to defeat reform in our state legislator were breathtakingly frightening. The man has the moral compass of a mosquito. While there are no "death panels" in the various proposals for reform today, his corporate practices epitomize how dangerous to one's health a company like Scott's can be.

    August 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. big papa

    Too many Americans are stupid, selfish, and racist...

    ...they are willing to be swindled, duped, and exploited...

    ...as long as they can keep their feet on somebody else's neck...

    ...their "I got mine, and don't want anybody else to have any" attitude...

    ...is what keeps conservatism viable in the U.S...

    ...If it's GREED it leads...

    ...The right wing is trying to destroy America...

    ...the left is like a deer caught in the crosshairs...er..headlights...

    ...when will you learn to fight back?

    August 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. sunshine

    We have got to find a way for every American to be insured, I was self employed for many years, there was no way I could afford health insurance, you live every day just hoping nothing major goes wrong with your health, we are Americans, we are known for helping others, what in the world is wrong with helping our on nation?????

    August 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    If he does win on the public option you can bet it is one more step away from 'real choice'......the honest way to go is CO OPS if it's true you are trying to protect citizens by providing quality, timely, health care at an affordable rate. The public option will be flawed just by it's nature...government run...buracrecy slows things down...that is a known fact; streching it a bit...your health care can become a part of your politics..now that would be very bad.

    Look, I don't think Pres. Obama intends bad will...I think alot of what is going on has been long set...except it was not expected to have the resistence it has. Go Co Ops!!!!

    August 21, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Olivia

    I can't believe a word any Republicans says. We believed them for eight years, and look at where we are today. Wise up America, quit being so gullible!!

    August 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. sunshine

    It's time for America to discontinue the republican party, all they do is stir up hate and discord, we need leaders that want all of America to be protected, not just their select few. Their hatred can only lead to more and more hatred.

    August 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Lexie

    Negative Healthcare Reform ads are funded by the insurance industry. Read the fine print!

    August 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Gary Ritz

    I beleive Health Insurance Companies are behind most if not all of the scare ads. Just think how much they would lose if the U.S. Government did get involved Billions upon Billons of $$$$$.
    Maybe the U.S. should go to a form of Romneycare. At least the people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have affordable health care and are required to purchase some type of health insurance.
    Also maybe set limit on Malpractice. Hold the Doctors accountable. if they commit malpractice pull the license for them in every state not just that state The Courts award way too much and do not punish the doctor
    one final thought, our medical records should be transportable (throught electronic means) across town and across state lines. I have to see a Doctor Monday for the 1st time my records should be in his e-mail in box today so he(she) could review them.

    August 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. JP

    When can we expect free food and free gas; let's inch little by little closer to socialism.

    August 21, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Mac

    Why is it always the same people who "For" Less Government and are "Pro" Military? Our most expensive Government program IS the military!!!! Also, the military seems to handle its universal health care pretty well!

    August 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Al Nelson

    Funny how our health care premiums keep going up, service keeps diminishing. Don't think all this lobbying is going to be paid for by the healthcare companies. They will pass this along in the form of rate increases.

    August 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. KG, Twin Cities

    Health insurance companies profits have risen over 400% over the last 7 years. Has your coverage been expanded or has it decreased? How about your premiums? Are they lower or have they gotten more expensive?

    Health care reform now.

    August 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Paul

    So what is wrong with Socialism anyway? Maybe it would do away with corporate executives getting multi-million dollar annaul bonuses.

    August 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Paul

    Well said, Bill

    August 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Work with him not against him

    Finally, we asking congress to do some work for the people and this what we get. Blaming the president for trying to reform an industry that is clearly bankrupting the middle class.

    August 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. dumbocratsrcontrolfreaks

    The government cant even pay their share for the ridiculus cash for clunkers let alone try to make a decision on a living, breathing human being. Social Security and Medicare are already on their death beds why put another 1/6 of the economy with people who dont even read the bills and dont care about anything other than re-election.

    August 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. health care stands to lose a lot of profit

    they will lie and fight tooth and nail to hold on to those profits

    I dare you to try this with big oil, it will be the same or worse

    both are giving the U.S. the shaft

    August 21, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Ines

    so how many of you have read the Patriot Act?
    Never saw anyone asking for public input on that one,
    how many pages is that one?
    Biggest piece of infringement on personal freedom ever.
    Oh yeah, this was enacted during Republican's watch, if you can call it that.
    Health care reform has been debated for a 100 years now, don't you all think it should come to pass sometime soon?
    How many people were against Medicare 40 years ago, is it working?
    Wow, to think that we have a President that sets a time-line so that something will actually happen here.
    I think we should have a single payer system and let the Insurance companies compete.
    Germany's health care system was enacted in 1883 by Bismarck not Hitler.
    So much crap out there and depending on their political affiliation people will believe it, instead of informing themselves.

    August 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. yuri

    Again, the GOP health plan has been a health hazard, and their stiff resistance to public option seems rather moronic. We have come to the conclusion that the conservatives have transformed themselves into microcephalic imbeciles.

    August 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Brenda

    Sadly, I am beginning to think that our country is too divided to ever get anything done. One man, the President, can't do it all by himself. Where are all his supporters he had during the election run? No one is helping out. He is all alone. Where is Oprah and all the other famous people? Why aren't they stepping up to help? The Health care system would rather spend millions of dollars to stop President Obama achieve success in getting heathcare for everyone who needs it. America is sinking fast when the rich and powerful can control everything-including the delusions they speil out on the TV and the sheep just keep listening and accepting the lies that spread like viruses. And they make you think that it is good for you. Pathetic.

    August 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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