September 30th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
5 years ago

MoveOn.org targets Democrats on public option

WASHINGTON (CNN) – MoveOn.org is targeting three Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee who voted against provisions that would have called for a new government-run health insurance program.

The liberal advocacy group announced Wednesday that it will release radio ads on Thursday condemning North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who joined all 10 Republicans on the committee on Tuesday in rejecting two amendments that would have included a public option in the health care bill.

In the ads, the group says the senators "sided with the special interests and insurance companies" over their constituents.

The spots will run for a week in the senators' home states.


Filed under: Democrats • Health care
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I told you all that there would be a lefty loon dance today.

    September 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Jeffrey Levy

    I am a Canadian citizen resident in Canada so the decision to omit a public option from healthcare reform in the U.S. does not affect me personally but on behalf of my many friends and relatives living in the States I feel obliged to express profound disappointment in President Obama and the Democratic Party's decision to dilute or otherwise emasculate the previous decision to protect the U.S. masses from the greed of HMO's and health insurers. Thousands will die as a result. Note: I did not say I am disappointed with the GOP. Republicans did what I expected them to do: Support big business to the detriment of the "little guy." Is that not the GOP's mandate, or, if you prefer, the GOP's raison d'etre? Looking south from Canada, that sure does seem to be what drives Republicans.

    September 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Buster

    George Soros is going to use his money and thugs to get his way. This clown is actually the President, and Oliar is the empty suit.

    September 30, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. ted

    The question is going to be Who are they more afraid of, Move On.Org
    or the voters back home.

    September 30, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Joshua College Station Texas

    Finally, someone with some clout calling out the Dem leaders on their true colors!

    Without the public option, the insurance companies will have free reign to raise premiums and costs.

    There already is a public option, by the way–it's the high-quality, "socialized" government health care that all members of Congress enjoy. So, those Congressmen and women who vote against the public option are hypocrites, clear as day. This is not about putting private insurers out of business. It is about bringing down costs and helping everyone have health coverage. The explanations and excuses of the Republicans and anti-public option Democrats that the industry will suffer are not only impotent, they are morally wrong.

    September 30, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. katiec

    The people trying to destroy Health Care Reform need to be pointed out and dealt with by the American voters. Health care reform without Public Option will be a farce, a continuation of the raping of the American people.
    Go to uscongress.com and let every senator know how we feel about their support of Public Option and how upset we are with those who do not. You can also contact "some" congress people on ushouseofrepresenatives.gov.
    The silent majority needs to speak out loud and clear.
    We will no longer allow or tolerate big business, lobbyists, special interests continue to run our country and make crucial decisions on our behalf. We will not accept politicans who put campaign funding, personal gains and interests over our welfare.
    Please let them know.

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Health care reform without a public option is not reform. It's the status quo. The new bill will just end up giving even more money to the corrupt private insurers.

    September 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Misty

    When we have these idiots:
    1. North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad,
    2. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and
    3. Montana Sen. Max Baucus

    Who needs Republicans to screw us Americans over– Get them out of office.. They are republicans in democrat clothing- SHame on them

    September 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. sandy

    Good for Move On. These people should not be in office. I am so sick of these people in Washington who are in the pockets of these big insurance companies as well as other big business. They were put in office to represent the people, not big business and if they don't represent the people, then they are gone.

    September 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. D. Tree

    The Public Option actually saves taxpayers more money than the alternative plans – so what's the problem?

    Can we have some common sense in Washington?

    Are people so dumb they don't understand the Public Option is what every congressman and senator ALREADY HAS?

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Have you noticed that the most vocal protesters against a public option at all those town halls were seniors? Seniors who live on the government run Medicare already because private insurers refused to cover them? (being a senior is a pre-condition) Hypocrisy alert!

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Democrates that cant control the people want to get rid of their own.

    Just another try to take over your lifes.

    brought to you by The Obama Socialistic Republic of Non-America.

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. DL in AR

    As and Arkansan I can tell you that Sen. Lincoln had better pay attention to her true constituency and not the masses she seems to be trying to appeal to by being a fence rider. It was a true cop out to not attend the senate finance committee meeting and vote by proxy. The fact is for Sen. Lincoln that Arkansas Democrats and not all Arkansans are who elected her. If she keeps being a fence rider or a Senator who just does nothing to avoid upsetting anyone will find out that we will eventually develop apathy for her and a politician and trust me that is allot worse than having heated opposition. If we don't care enough as Democrats to go to the poles next year then she will lose not because too many republicans voted against her but instead too few Democrats. I would never vote Republican but she may be forcing me and other Arkansans who vote Democrat to assume that our votes don't matter because we really have no vote in Washington anyway. We’ll stay home. This is just a thought to consider.

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Vets4Obama

    Here's the simple fact, these dirty democrats that FAKED their party affiliation are nothing but bought and paid for puppets. Each of them is being paid to screw america, in their top 20 contributors they are as follows for each of the democrats that voted us to die:

    Max Baucus: THE BIGGEST DIRT BAG OF THEM ALL: Pharmaceuticals/Health, Health Professionals, Insurance, Lobbyists,
    Hospitals/Nursing Homes, Health Services/HMOs

    Thomas Carper: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Amgen Inc

    Kent Conrad: Amgen Inc, Kindred Healthcare, Northwestern Mutual, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

    Blanche Lincoln: American Physical Therapy Assn, American College of Radiology, College of American Pathologists, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

    Bill Nelson: One of the few that truely voted his mind rather then being a puppet.

    Vote these creeps out and elect ONLY politicians that promise to vote YES to a health care option.

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Albert Lopez

    We are Sending $$$ To MoveOn.org For Raido Ads ....God I Hope We Can Bring Down This Spineless Senators..Thy Don't Care About Anything But There Own Hide!!!..Thy Are WEAK SPINELESS MEN!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Kathie

    Having MoveOn.org going after you is a badge of honor....good on you Blanche Lincoln! The polls show the majority of the country does not support the Public Option, so who cares what MoveOn/Soros has to say?

    September 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Joshua College Station Texas

    The problem with our current health care system is that ultimately it is profit-driven, rather than service oriented. It's all backwards. But we're too scared as a nation to accept anything that might be "socialistic", as if that were so bad. But we already have lots of programs built on a socialized model that we benefit from as U.S. citizens, including Medicaid and Medicare, and they are not all terrible just because they are "run by the government". The most hypocritical part is that Congresspeople get socialized health care already! If they can, then why can't hardworking but low-income graduate students like me? I'm 33 and way too old for my parent's health care, and I can't afford the full health care my university here in Texas offers, even though I work beyond full time and have long term goals to teach and serve society (The plan I do have and can afford is a limited plan that provides discounts on basic services only). I definitely can't afford the emergency room, and I am afraid to get anything other than a common cold. Even though it's a blatant lie to assert that the creation of a public option will bring the demise of insurance companies, I really don't care, if those companies are only in it for the profits in the first place. They can all go under for all I care. How about being in health care for health?!

    September 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. TCM

    MoveOn.org should be investigated, just like ACORN....and disbanded. They have far too much press coverage and always press for the most Anti-American, pro-socialism stance they can find. They are always targeting others...perhaps it's time to make them the target....

    September 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Dianna - Florissant, MO

    And I'll keep donating money to PCCC organization to get these ads rumming in those states. These jerks should be ashamed of themselves. So most for "For The People, By The People..."

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. rr

    These democrats better do George Soros's bidding or face the wrath of his loyal minions at moveon.org!

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Way to go, MoveOn! I love watching Democratic cannibalism.

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Why are the republicans siding with the insurance companies? I thought they was suppose to look out for the best interest of the people.

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Leftie

    Hopefully the ads will also say how much money Baucus has taken in campaign contributions from the insurance industry over the last 5 years . . . over 3.5 million dollars! How in the world this man can be in charge of the committee trying to "reform" health insurance is way beyond belief!

    September 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Kim

    Way to go MoveOn.org, any chance you have a petition to sign?

    When these Congressmen and women collect a paycheck from the American people for whom they work and represent, then turn around and take from business, whos interest are looked after?

    If you goto opensecrets.org you will see that most congress men and women make double from business what they make from us, the one's who hired them.

    We need to get rid of lobbyists if this country is to survive. If I can say again... We need to get rid of lobbyists if this country is to survive...

    It was supposed to be that the majority ruled and that was decided through elections, decisions are then made on behalf of those voters... not MIS representing the voters while looking out for the businesses. It's got to end

    September 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. S M R

    If these CROOKS lose their seats, They can always write a book filled full of LIES and make BIG BUCKS.

    September 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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