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. rr

    UGH! The biggest and most annoying part of politics today are issue ads by these special interest groups. "Tell Senator Doe to stop voting against our children!" "Tell Congressman Smith to stop trying to kill grandma!"

    I think we should put a 500% tax on all this garbage and donate all the money to education. Most educated people most likely tune this junk out. Most of it comes from liberals and conservatives. Where are the moderates' ads?

    August 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    The GOP has distanced it so far from reality, their 21% approval rating will decline.(Democrats in congress are at 35% and will improve daily as our economy is getting better) Since republicans live in the past, they will talk about the good old days when they were at their peak in popularity when one out five thought they were a real political party.

    August 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Kate in SW Fla

    The GOP is vigorously trying to scare the bejeesus out of senior citizens. Unfortunately they are succeeding, but that is temporary. Once reform passes, and no grannys are forcibly euthanized, this will ease up some. FDR was called all this and more, and became the most beloved figure of the 20th century. Richard Nixon and George W Bush? Not so much.

    August 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. slipthalo

    I'm tired of the scare tactics and outright lies being pushed by the right. They did it to get us into war, did it to get GWB reelected for his 2nd term and continue to do it over and over and over again. If they had any ideas of their own it would be a novel concept but since they don't they push the fear factor.
    What about the real fears out there? You can lose your job and with it your health insurance and your health insurance can deny coverage for a serious illness or can drop you if you become too expensive to pay bills for or just for the real fun of it, they can increase your premiums year after year until you pay as much or more for healthcare than you pay for your mortgage. Now, there's real fear they won't address.

    August 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Lenn

    You know, people are so worried about how they're going to pay for a new health care system. How about saving money on attack ads and put that money towards health care?

    August 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Randy in PA

    Unfortunately, the only way to reform our system of health care is to trash it all and start again, but with the special interests, the greedy, the power-trippers, and the ignorant masses being riled up, all we'll get is more of the same and more people will die and they will spend more to do so.

    To truly do what is right you need to truly care and love your neighbor, but human nature is more into sticking it to our neighbor. How sad.

    August 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Melissa

    The problem is the Rethuglicans think their crap doesn't stink and are trying to make us forget the damage they did to the world over the past 8 years. Now Obama has to fix it and they are being whiny.

    August 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Dee

    Just last year everybody I knew was moaning about their healthcare coverage. Premiums too high. Their deductibles and coinsurance too high. Not enough local physicians in their network. No access to top physicians and medical centers. Trying to get referrals for everything a chore. Prescriptions much much too expensive. Everyone afraid that if they lost their job they would lose coverage. Medicare people talking about what a blessing Medicare was!
    Now I hear these same people moaning they are "scared" of losing their great coverage!!!! Seems like everything is about making people afraid. Last year–afraid of losing coverage! This year–afraid of healthcare reform. We have become a nation of fear.

    August 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    One myth – Obama is evil and will enslave us all in government control.

    Other myth – Obama is our savior and his plans will make everyone happy.

    The big middle ground is a quiet disallusioned group watching the whole mess.

    August 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Bob in GVL

    What a bunch of sleeze bags! Never true facts. Negative attacks. I am really sick of their crap. But then, why should today be any different tahn any other day in the past 20 – 30 years. Living lies, against the middle class and working folks and against anything that will inhibit their greed..

    August 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    It is clear to me is that the only reason for posting opinions on sites like this is to vent. The people who watch Fox media and listen to hate radio are dumbed down on purpose. They chant the midless talking points that are feed without any regard for the truth, and then turn around and accuse everyone else of doing what they do?!
    It's amazing – Barney Frank is right "it's like talking to a table" when these wing-nuts start spewing.

    August 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. John

    Nuisance in Town Hall Meetings is caused by Hooligans paid $8 an hour by the GOP.
    GOP intentionally is interfering and causing disruption in Town Hall Meetings.
    GOP is part of the HEALTH INSURANCE MAFIA.
    GOP did nothing for America in the Last 8 years.
    GOP is a Defunct and a Dud Party.
    GOP supports the Rich who amass Wealth by Plunder, Embezzlement and Defrauding the Poor and the Middle Class.
    GOP supported Madoff.
    GOP is paid BRIBES by the HEALTH INSURANCE MAFIA.
    Health Insurance Mafia are worst than Terrorists. Health Insurance Mafia makes money, by Depriving people of Health Care. We want Government provided Health Care like in UK.

    Rush Limbaugh is the spokes person for GOP and he is misleading the public. Democrats can also hire Idiots like Rush Limbaughs to speak against GOP and to spew hatred. But Democrats don't believe in misleading people.

    August 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    When a Democrat president and a fillibuster-proof Democrat congress have to spend millions in advertising to get enough public support for their highest priority legislation it's clear that the American people do not want what they are selling.

    August 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. The fight continues...

    Are the politicians really concerned about the people...? if both parties
    want what serves the people then let each party draft a health-care-reform-bill (short and to the point) and present it to the people in 2010
    mid-term election as a referendum....Is the government not supposed
    to be by the people for the people....after all health care affodabity and
    quality should not rest in the Politcians hand alone...!!!

    August 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. walleye

    The american public is sick of all the lies and misinformation that has been spread by the RepubliKlans. They are starting to see that they are being rooked into demonstrating against health care and are paying careful attention to what information is being diseminated. Those that dont educate themselves are, and always have been the ignorant, raucous load mouths that intelligent people will dismiss.

    August 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. J.P.

    They've done such a bang up job with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, AMTRAK, the post office, the DMV and Cash for Clunkers, I just can't imagine *WHY* anybody would be fearful of the government's crusade to "manage" medical care.

    The government is King Midas in Reverse and American voters are finally waking up to this reality.

    All the flowery teleprompter speeches and Madison Avenue spin the Obamunists can dish up won't save this now. 2010 is shaping up to be a "teachable moment" behind the woodshed for Democrats.

    August 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. RAG

    Republicans think Americans are stupid (and true, some of stupid enough to be Republicans…). Right or wrong doesn't matter. They just want power back. They will use any lie, distortion or illogic to stir the uneducated and easily lead (i.e. "grass roots conservatives") into a lynch mob. They have learned Gobbels lessons well.

    August 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Think for yourself

    Hey – we are paying for the uninsured anyway every time they go the the emergency room which cost a huge amount over just going to a doctor. With the public option at least we will be getting them to pay in a little and will not have to pay high ER cost. Makes sense to me. What we are doing now is just stupid.

    Note: My husbands 23 year old daughter goes to the ER all the time for minor things. Went for just having a headache one time. She is on medicaid so we are paying big for that. She could afford to pay $50 a month to have health insurance.

    August 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Wake Up

    Why is Axelrod making millions off this!? Congress should investigate the Obama administration. This is Obama's Haliburton. Can we ever have legislators and leaders that aren't in it for themselves and their backers!!!
    LESS GOVERNMENT NOW.

    August 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. donttreadonme

    The liberals have been ineffective at proving the point that we need a Government Option to fix Healthcare. The people are not buying it, the experts are not buying it, the moderate dems are not buying it and the CBO is not buying it.

    You can blame Fox, the protesters, the Repubs all you want but it the people who are rejecting the Government option!
    There is not 48 million uninsured that is a totally misleading!

    August 21, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Matthew 25:36

    Health care is a moral consideration to provide more Americans coverage through a compassionate public option, which is supported by the majority in this country.

    God Bless America

    August 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. GET A CLUE

    What is frightening to me is the level to which easily-manipulated idiots....er, um, I mean 'conservative talk show listeners' have been riled up (violence at town halls, etc.) by hateful, self-appointed GOP mouth-pieces during this whole healthcare thing. Why can't these people connect the dots and see that the pundits they follow have been paid off by huge corporations to scare them into such foolish behavior??? I was at a bar shooting pool last night and had a group of rednecks trying to pick a fight with me by calling for Obama's assassination. And they were SERIOUS. They didn't start this talk until I appeared with friends (I am African-American). Me thinks all this protesting about healthcare reform has to do more with other things (big business, racism) than it does healthcare.

    August 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. The real health care reform information...

    Just watched a clip of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He interviewed the woman (McCaughey) who created the notion of 'death panels'. Wow, she read the bill, even brought it on stage, but even with the bill present, she couldn't back up anything she said. It was strange and scary, but it did shed some light on how some people think.

    Why does it have to take a comedian to do the real journalism, challenging the people who make the accusations? CNN, why aren't you directly interviewing these people?

    You're trying to be nonpartisan, but you're actually very partisan when you withhold the truth.

    August 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. BILL, WI

    When it comes to health care reform ignore the Republicans and get the legislation passed. The Dems have filibuster proof control of the Senate. They have a strong majority in the House. If health care reform can not get passed it is the fault of the Dems for not getting their own members on board. It could be passed if that was to happen, and all what the Repubs could do is jawjack their usual talking points

    August 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Bill

    Health Care in America is a Failure. It needs to be Revamped.

    Private Health Care providers have made Health Care very expensive for ordinary people, because the Private Health Care providers amass Wealth and huge Profits that are Unscrupulously earned.

    Those who say Government Provided Health Care is Socialism.

    Is UK a Socialist Country?

    We provide free Education and Social Security, is that not Socialism.

    GOP is misleading Americans.

    August 21, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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