September 11th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
9 years ago

New ad urges Obama to 'Slow Down' on health care

New ad urges Obama to 'Slow Down' on health care.

New ad urges Obama to 'Slow Down' on health care.

WASHINGTON (CNN)–The Republican Party of Minnesota released a new TV ad Friday criticizing President Obama's "risky" health care plan ahead of his rally in Minneapolis Saturday.

The $25,000 buy revisits a speech candidate Obama gave in February of 2008 vowing to bring about change.

The 30-second spot then claims Obama is now "pushing a risky health care plan that would: Cut Medicare; Raise taxes; Ration care; And explode the deficit."

"Mr. President: Let's slow down and do health care reform the right way," the ad concludes.

"Slow Down," will air on national cable in Minnesota until Sunday.

The President will hold his rally on health insurance reform at 1230 CT/130p E.T.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Kate in SW Fla

    That is almost word for word what they said 15 years ago! During the interim, they had the house, the senate and, for 8 if those years, the white house. Did they address the problems? No. they did not, other than to put thru an unpaid for Rx benefit to try and bankrupt Medicare.
    Let's be clear, they do not want to slow it down, they want to kill it. Remember "his Waterloo?" They are beneath contempt.

    September 11, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. S M R

    Slow down so the GREEDY can continue to collect HUGE PROFITS from the AMERICAN TAXPAYER. The status-quo is no longer acceptable. CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA.

    September 11, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Liars are not just found in South Carolina. The party of Michelle Bachman should just slit their wrists and form a covenant and pray for meaningful health reform.

    September 11, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Of course the Republicans want the process to slow down. They're hoping that by dragging their feet , that the Democrats will get tired of their antics and give up.....again!

    September 11, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Dang Republicans......isn't 40 years slow enough for you. Half of you that advocated slowing down 40 years ago are already dead. You objective is to slow walk it down and kill it. Well your time to get on board is up. We are moving on now so you can get on board or get run over and join the ranks of the first half.

    September 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    A great ad that tells the truth. Calling Obama out on his own distortions.

    September 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. liz

    Guess the 'right' wants us to slow down and wait for everyone who needs health care to die so they won't have to pay for it. They need to just shut up and let the decent people fix health care and health insurance. And these folks call themselves 'christians.' What a laugh! Who would Jesus deny health care to?

    September 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. muslim guy

    what would jesus do about health care?
    please stop the hipocracy?
    in the name of jesus; prince of peace.

    September 11, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. ps / North Carolina

    We need Health Care Overhaul:

    1) Government run plan to compete with the private Health insurance (PHI) vultures. PHI denies coverage on pre-exciting conditions which is discrimination against the sick and needy. Pro-lifers do not value life’s of others but only themselves.

    2) PHI do not provide any medical services, they just collect premiums and try to deny coverage / reimbursements to hospital and doctors. Providers in Canada get paid every month vs in U.S.A, it could be 6 -8 months if you are lucky. Streamline all reimbursement procedures, and have a universal set of forms for claims.

    3) Tort reforms to cap at $250,000 for non economic damages for pain and suffering. So that an unemployed 30yr old , who never worked, would not go for a frivolous lawsuit to win a $500mil “lottery”.

    4) let the big pharma go through competitive bidding process. So that “Lipitor” in USA would not cost three times that in Canada!!

    5) Register and record all the procedures performed in a centralized database, so that doctors and hospitals would not be able to get paid for duplicate and unnecessary procedures.

    What are the Arrogant, Tea party going RethugliKKKans in the Town Hall meetings who never voted for Obama are saying?

    A) Socialize medicine have waiting lists – Yes we do have waiting lists too, and sometime we are denied even preventive care, let alone the hip replacement. ! Do not forget the preexisting conditions, co-pays, deductibles and all other jargon that we face everyday.
    B) Do not let the Government touch my Medicare !! – Medicare is a Government run program.
    C) Following is a breakdown of healthcare coverage in U.S.A
    81 million is covered by Government run programs (Medicare,Medicaid,VA)
    151 million have health insurance through their employer
    47 million is uninsured
    14 million have private insurance

    U.S.A spends 17% of GDP on Healthcare, and we have 47million uninsured + 14,000 being laid off every day ( They can not afford a monthly COBRA $ 1600). U.S.A is 37th in W.H.O health care statistics, just barely above CUBA !! Yes CUBA.

    September 11, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. The Voice

    And continue the status quo right. Bow down to the special interst and health-care monopolization by the insurance companies.

    That is the conservative agenda.

    September 11, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Sam? Don't even quoite The Who that way. Not even clever.

    September 11, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. amy g

    Financed by the health care industry, of course.

    When will America wisen up?

    September 11, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. ps / North Carolina

    One more thing. We have seen the greedy wall street CEO's compensations. The Health Insurance companies are no different.

    The CEO of United Healthcare makes $ 100,000 an Hour. !!!

    September 11, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Product moron...member of party of No

    Hey Mr. Proud member of party of quote Thomas actually works better for the Democrats...the Insurance/big Pharma are definitely con men...they spread lies and misinformation in order to get people to back issues against their own self-interest. Many of these folks who are against Health care reform are on some sort of government assisted health plan (VA, Medicare) themselves. They're so clueless- they have not put 2+2 together. No wonder Euros think we're dumb after 8 years of Bush and today's Party of No.

    September 11, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Kim

    How long do we need to wait!.............where are the pieces of blank paper you (Republicans) were holding up on national TV during President Obamas speech?...............


    September 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Chris

    We've been slow for decades now. ENOUGH with the stalling, enough with the lies, enough with trying to bend over backwards to work with a bunch of petulant obstructionists.

    September 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. GOPer

    You lie, GOPers....shocking. This delay and obstructive nonsense has already been exposed for the fraud it is...way to follow those corporate lobbyists, greedy insurance interests, and lunatic fringe of the Republican Party.

    All negative against our health care and nothing for alternatives from the Party of No. How sad.

    September 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Bammy

    Apparently, Rep. have just begun to fight. They sat back for so many years and watched the Libs demean and defame with vicious attacks on Rep. presidents. I am not Rep., but I am glad to see them finally getting off their fat butts and doing something. Bigger government will bring about more graft, fraud and greed.....and that is just in the Congress!

    I personally believe that Congress/Obama should take their time, study the facts, take steps to clean up Medicare/Medicaid fraud (please, finally), and improve the health care of the insured in increments that are less likely to get out of hand and add tremendously to the national debt. Put the increments into effect now instead of 2-3 years down the line. The urgency is no more now than it was a decade ago, so why hurry legislation and screw up everyone's health care?

    September 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. angela

    Health care reform is long over due. First, let me start by saying, those who are against including a public option in the health care reform plan obviously don't realize that medicare and medicaid are government run health care plans (public option). One of the reasons why these programs are in such terrible shape is because of the private health care insurance plans. The other reason is due to their lack of reasonable payments for services, which is why many physicians will not accept medicaid patients. I am a registered nurse and I have worked in pediatrics for over 15 years. For the past 10 yrs, I have seen a great deal of private health care insurance providers deny children medically necessary treatments. A vast majority of these families end up receiving services through medicaid (public option) even though they are insured by a private health care company. It's really sad to see so many families suffer while CEOs of insurance companies are rewarded financially for denying medical treatment. Another problem with our current health care system is the millions of people without access to health care who show up in emergency rooms every day and receive medical care. Included in this group are illegal immigrants who receive care because emergency rooms can not turn patients away based on their ability to pay or their citizenship. We also have a great deal of illegal immigrants who get pregnant and receive health care as well as other federally funded benefits during their pregnancy. After they give birth, their children, who are now citizens, qualify for medicaid (public option). Then there's the group of self employed, who make enough money to provide health care for themselves and their children, but choose not because they have found a way to get services through medicaid (access to health care for all children). Lastly, to all members of congress who are against health care reform. If everyone had the same health care benefits that all of you enjoy, there would be no need for health care reform. It is easy to speak against reform when you have the absolute best health care plan... at the tax payer’s expense no less. As a health care worker, helping to save lives every single day, my health care benefits doesn't come close to that of members of congress. Like it or not, we are all paying the price for those without insurance coverage. I urge everyone to take a good look at our health care system and the financial mess that it has become. Maybe then, we all will be inclined to do what is right. This is America...all citizens should have access to health care and we all should help pay for it.

    September 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. BLM

    The Dems don't tell the truth..because they can't handle the truth. The Dems lie to get what they want, at any cost to our economy and culture.

    September 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. badman

    Yeah, olds white men republicain christian, let's slow dow until the second comming of Jesus...

    September 11, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. djb

    This is the same state in which Blue Cross/Blue Shield has already increased their premiums by 33% because "they can no longer refuse coverage because of previous conditions." EVEN IF THAT IS PART OF THE REFORM PACKAGE, IT DOESN'T GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL 2013.

    Does this sound a little like "fear mongering"?

    September 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. CG

    yes slow down so they can figure out a way to let the Joe Wilson thing die down and give the GOP time to regroup!

    September 11, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. unshrub

    The republicans won't be happy until it is slowed down to a complete stop.

    September 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. ccc

    more lies from cry baby GOP

    September 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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