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.

Related: Conservative group takes aim at Obama's vacation


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
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  1. Republicanssuckbigtime

    It is very interesting that all the attack ads against health care reform are bankrolled by groups associated with the insurance industry. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Congrats to the Conservatives who wouldn't know a Christian value if it slapped them upside the head. You once again are showing your true colors with trying to destroy any chance of real changes to health care reform. I saw Armey and Gingrich the other day saying the same about social security and Medicare/Medicaid - that those programs must go. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Compassionate conservatism is apparently dead and buried.

    August 21, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. harvey

    thank you, Rick Scott, for your interest in the healthcare debate and your financing of the commercial to air on Boston TV. I hope that every station that airs the commercial runs a crawl across the screen letting everyone know that you left your job as CEO of Columbia/HCA hospitals during a federal Medicare fraud probe that led to a &1.7 billion settlement. you weren't prosecuted and you got a golden parachute. AIG, anyone? How about BofA and Merrill Lynch? Scott, you are another Republican weasel who belongs behind bars. you raped your former company and now you want to rape American citizens by expanding your Florida walk-in centers. I hope someone investigates your centers to find out exactly what kind of medicine they're practicing.

    August 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Predicta

    Too late for ads....Everyone has already made up their minds on health care reform.

    August 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The President will win the fight and that will make VICTORY all that much sweeter.

    August 21, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Eddy

    Obama is providing Health Care Reforms.

    Bush mislead Americans into the unjustified Iraq war.

    Obama is trying to bring the Economy back on Track.

    Bush ruined our Economy, by spending on War for his greed for Oil.

    Obama is spending for boosting the Economy.

    Bush spent tax dollars to kill innocent people in Iraq.

    4300 US Troops have died.

    Why are we not supporting Obama, because he is trying to help us.

    Why are we supporting Bush the Killer, the Murderer and Liar?

    August 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Daniel Flinton

    I would like to see that congressional testimony from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Where could one find it? I do find this whole health care debate ammusing. I wonder how many people in the general public know about the health care that Congress gets?

    August 21, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Shame on You!!1

    The Rethugs are Lower than Low........telling lies to senior citizens
    don't listen to them Seniors Help is on the Way !!!
    CHECK IT OUT*** a former Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical director who said she has denied patients potential life-saving surgeries.
    *** Conservative group takes aim at Obama's vacation ***President Obama should grab both ankles and tell all you Rethugs to Kiss his A$$!!!

    August 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. donttreadonme

    All of the Healthcare reform goals can be met without a Government Option. Obama and the libs know it is true. The "public option" is really what is blocking this bill. There are not even enough dems supporting it to get a vote!

    August 21, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. shmeckel

    Glad to see so many for the public option. Maybe if dem's wanted to provide any information what so ever maybe I would like it to. Maybe if we knew how we would pay for it that would help. I guess it is easier to convince people to spend a trillion dollars if they don’t have a clue.

    I guess the only information we will ever get is just debunking rumors. I hope more lies surface cause that is the only information out there. Now, if the "death panel" is so ridiculous (which I thought it was) why were the dem's so quick in removing the questionable section from all the proposed bills.

    So happy to see everyone pushing so hard to spend so much money when we don’t have the first bit of information. Then they call everyone that opposes them idiots.

    Wonderful!!!

    August 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. cecilia

    Does anyone remember when Pres. Reagon put a freeze on charges made by doctors? or the PPO and HMO of insurance told the doctors who they could treat and how much they could charge, AND The HMOs and PPOs told people what hospital they could go to and what doctors they could visit.

    When I worked for a doctor, I called for pre-authorization of a surgical proceedure for one of the patients so I could schedule his surgery and was told they review board would review the request and let the office know the decision in 2 weeks – the review board was comprised of registered nurses who would decided if a patient should have the surgery recommended by a board certified doctor – if you think things would be worse with health care and insurance reform then you are a resident of fantasy land – get your head out of your anatomy and think for a change – WE NEED REFORM – aren't you tired of being ripped off by insurance companies and drug companies ???? give the bozos a little competition and we will see some positive changes in the health care arena -

    August 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Lauren

    "Massive cuts to Medicare"???? Really??? This bill allows Medicare to continue existing...without some type of reform the funding for this program will run out shortly anyway. This bill would ensure that this program or at least something shaped like it would be able to endure for many many years to come. And "death panels"....Anyone who seriously believes that this RUMOR is true needs a reality check and a swift kick to the shins!

    August 21, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. DEB

    Through history people have been controlled by FEAR!

    The GOP used fear against us when " THAT MAN " BUSH took office.

    The american people have been paralized by THE GOP = FEAR since 9/11 took place.

    Look at the fake war " THAT MAN " BUSH. What distruction he caused.
    He ignored home and infastructure and paid off tribal groups in Iraq every month so they would stop the internal fighting so as to blind the american people to the truth!

    August 21, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Rick

    Wow... so the Dems call anyone who opposes this mess of a bill "idiots, ignorant, dumb, uneducated, etc.".
    What do you call those who blindly support it?
    See the list above.

    Show me how it's going to be paid for.
    If you're going to raise taxes than say so. Don't mask it with legal language.
    The term "Not to be considered a tax" is a joke.
    If it's automatically deducted from my paycheck by the feds, it's a tax.

    Show me how the current insurance industry is going to be reformed.

    Show me how they are going to decide who gets coverage who who doesn't and how much coverage are they going to get.

    Rationing WILL happen... it already happens with private insurance.
    It's called the claims and referral process.

    I've read the bills from both the house and the senate... not a single one gives a CLEAR picture of any of the above.

    I heard Barney "Fife" Franks give his explanation that one part of the bill says one thing, but it is further clarified in another part that nullifies the first part.
    It's double talk.

    I want reform... not a welfare bill paid for by taxpayers.

    August 21, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Rob Johnson

    President Bush gets a memo saying "Bin Laden determined to attack US" and goes on a vacation for WEEKS, and Republicans are apparently okay with that.

    Obama goes on vacation for a few DAYS, after working harder in his first eight months than Bush did in 8 years, and they fly off the handle.

    The hypocrisy is astonishing, even by GOP standards.

    August 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. robert

    do we have a president? maybe in name not in the real world how can we get past the next three years and not have this president and his nbc and cbs and msnbc abc cnn keep the facts from the american people. TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    Opinion polls show that there are many more Americans want Health Care Reform AND the public option than there are Americans who think President Obama is doing a good job handling the issue of Health Care Reform.

    Don't give in on the public option, President Obama! You and the Senate Democrats just have to do a better job of fighting for it.

    Use the majorities we gave you to pass the bill with the public option and in the years to come you will be credited with creating a great program, or force the Republicans to be the ones who kill it so that a year from now you can use it against them in the mid-term election.

    PLEASE GIVE US REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM!

    August 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. DEB

    We The People
    For The People
    By The People

    It is the people of this wonderful country who will make a difference.
    Stand strong and united! We shall over come!
    REMEMBER YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
    DON'T LET BIG BUSINESS AND MONEY CONTROL US LIKE SLAVES!
    GOP = SLAVERY

    August 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    Once again, the competition of EGOS takes priority over the welfare of all species. This competition is the anti-thesis of Cooperation. Duh! Much like Rome, the A-moral nature of some person's choices will doom our species and everyone is fiddling while Rome is burning. Republicrats=Two faces of the same game. The incremental change proposed for Healthcare reform will continue to benefit the Corporatocracy UNLESS there really is a public option. I favor Universal healthcare for all as a Human right. Countries such as Denmark have it right and the U.S. is destroying her own culture in the name of Empire to dominate through greed the world's resources. Never mind that so many on the Planet, Darfur, half of Africa, Mexico et al are dying for the Greed of the free market gospel, slashing and burning as "disaster capitlism" (Naomi Klein) rumbles over everything in it's path. this model is clearly NOT working for the good of all. Too many are barely surviving and perishing from the greed of these profiteers without conscience. Religion is just a game to divide and separate the masses from seeing who the real enemies are to us, the majority.

    August 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Rob Johnson

    By the way, Neutralizer, when you call the Democrats "democraps" and don't call the GOP a similar ugly name, it's hard to buy your claim that you are a moderate independent.

    There are plenty of equally nasty names you can call the Republicans if you want to appear "neutral." A quick scan of this website should provide you with plenty to worth with.

    Good luck!

    August 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Hypocrisy

    When the boot-licking media gives NObama a pass and his poll numbers look good, all is well in the Liberal World. Now that the honeymoons over and the smoke and mirrors are gone, people see his true colors. So how do the liberals respond? By demoninsing the opposition. They're all just a bunch of old, racist, stupid Rush and Hannity Kool-Aid Drinkers just want Obama to fail. And let's not forget that everything is Bush's fault, Sarah Palin's a moron, and the GOP have no ideas. Have I missed anything?

    August 21, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. southerncousin

    The obamanator is about to go on vacation, a $30K a week place, that is untouched by reality (the very liberal Marthas Vineyard). I myself could not afford a vacation trying to keep up with my bills and taxes which of course none of the people who voted for him have to worry about. I know the left wing nuts will make comparisons to Bush, but at least he owned his own home (unlike the Clintons) and at least discomfitted as many people as possible during his vacations. But don't worry to much libnuts, I am sure he will be back to stealing as much as he can from the working people to give to you so you can continue to sit on your couches, smoking dope and watching Oprah.

    August 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Hypocrisy

    You people keep whining and complaining about Iraq. Have any of you thought for one minute that this country is BANKRUPT, and doesn't have the money to be spending on anything? And for the record, I DID NOT support us going into Iraq, mainly for this reason (and many others). We're already on our way out, and instead of tying ourselves down with yet another TRILLION dollar boondoggle with Healthcare reform, let's just try to tweak the current system instead of starting from the bottom up. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater, because that baby will be the one paying for this mess!

    August 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Carmelita

    Hey America,

    It's your friend to the north. We have health care that is runned by the government and really I think we are doing just fine.

    I have never had to pay a dime out of my pocket to visit the doctor, I just need to show my health card, wait my turn, collect my priscription (if needed) and off I go. If I have to pay for the priscription, I send in my forms to the insurance company and the money is refunded back to me in less than two weeks.

    I find it a shame that a country that is so rich has little regard for it's people (or should I say the people who are ufortunate to be born on the wrong side of the tracks), after all the rich seem to get by quite nicely.

    The people who seem to be making the most noise about revamping or creating a health care reform that benifits everyone are the ones who dont need it, or the ones who are misinformed.

    Health care should not be a privilege, it should be a way of life. Proper heathcare means longer live-spans and greater productivity for nations.

    Having a system that is broken or that only benefits the elite is a grave disservice to the American people.

    I hope that the new health bill will be passed and that the American people can benefit from a health care system that is fundamentally sound and inclusive.

    PEACE
    Carmelita

    August 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. cat

    If you want the real deal about health care go to AlterNet .org and read the following article; it's an eye opener!

    Joe Scarborough Is Shocked (Yet Awed) by Sheer Force of Single-Payer Logic

    August 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. KAY SAUL

    Dear President,

    You're doing a great job. Vote for healthcare reform. I'll be 68 in December and I'm still working because of insurance problems when I do retire. If this reform does not work out, revise it in a few years like they do everything else. Just 85% republicans show up at these town hall meetings. Also they're jealous of you. They should have had their tea parties when Porky Barrell George Bush was in office. The national didn't concern them then and the mess they voted for in the first place. Can't blame Obama for anything. Time for secret service to take those guns off the people's shoulders. What is wrong with them. My personal feeling is to do away with all of those town hall mettings, just republicans banding together to be there to cause problelms. Congress Boucher did one yesterday. The republicans were bragging about disrupting the meetings.

    August 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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