September 1st, 2009
12:22 PM ET
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RNC ad calls for 'Seniors' Bill of Rights'

The RNC continued its push to reach out to senior citizens on Tuesday with a new television ad.
The RNC continued its push to reach out to senior citizens on Tuesday with a new television ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is intensifying its push to reach seniors skeptical of President Obama's health care proposal, releasing a new television ad Tuesday that targets the powerful voter bloc.

In the one-minute ad, RNC Chairman Michael Steele outlines the RNC's new "Seniors' Bill of Rights" - six policies the party says will serve as "protections" for senior citizens.

"When you disagree with Washington, how come they act like it's your problem?" Steele says. "That's what the Democrats have done with health care. They say you're the problem."

"How about a different way? A focus on things we can all agree on? I'm Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican Party. Join us in supporting a new Seniors' Bill of Rights."

The GOP's plan repeats recent Republican calls for zero cuts to Medicare, a rule barring health care rationing based on age, and a measure that would prevent the government from playing any role in end-of-life care.

The White House has said any cuts to Medicare would target government waste, and would not affect the level of care for seniors, and independent fact-checking organizations have said claims that the proposed plan includes any provision for rationing are inaccurate.

The measure that would help fund end-of-life counseling - private sessions where doctors would advise patients on living wills and other related matters - drew strong support from the American Medical Association, but is now likely to be dropped from the final bill.

The DNC called the new ad a "scare tactic built on a foundation of lies."

"Republicans have decided that they have no other choice when it comes to blocking health insurance reform than to lie to the American people and try to scare seniors – all in their admitted effort to 'break' the President on this issue and 'kill' reform for political gain," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

"...Republicans have substituted scare tactics for substance and lies for the truth. And now, the very Republicans who opposed the creation of Social Security and tried to dismantle it less than four years ago – and the same Republicans who have worked against Medicare since its inception – are now standing up for seniors?"

The ad is slated to run across certain national cable networks and throughout Florida.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. LW in AZ

    So instead of trying to work together, or coming up with another proposal, this is what they do instead? Still scaring the old people – how pathetic is that? I'm fortunate to have elderly parents who use critical thinking skills and can see through this. Shame on the RNC for stooping so low, yet again.

    September 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. GOPer

    The RNC is reacting to Obama's puch for health care. All of a sudden, out of nowhere the GOP is coming up with a bill of rights for health care. We need to start leading and quit playing catch up to democrats!

    September 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. NJ

    List of crap Republicans have believed lately

    – Sadam Huesen had WMD
    – John Kerry lied about his war record
    – Obama's birth certificate is a fake
    – There are death panels in the healthcare bill.

    September 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. ADO

    This Senior's Bill of Rights issomething that we all agree on. Steele makes it sound as if there is some difference of opinion. The RNC shoud raise the level of discussion. This is really "smoke and mirrors"

    September 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Dan

    Such disingenuous 'concern' is masking a real contempt for seniors and their issues and exploiting their fears to score political points and protect insurance companies and others who profit from the current healthcare mess.

    The republicans really ought to be shamed of themselves.

    September 1, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Ruty

    Here we go again! Republicans spreading cow manure. I hope Americans are intelligent enough to not fall into that.

    September 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Tim in Minnesota

    Is the GOP pathetic or what????

    September 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I'm having this incredible feeling of deja vu– Contract With America, anyone?

    September 1, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Wes B.

    Why do Republicans get away with so many lies? They are allowed to say anything they want.

    They need to be CALLED OUT ON ALL OF THE LIES THEY SPOUT!!!

    September 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. redleg

    Does the call to stop government intervention in end of life care mean that they are repenting what they did to Terry Schiavo?

    September 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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