December 16th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
3 months ago

RNC to unveil new health care video

The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.
The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

The 30-second "Listen To Me" video is the latest in the RNC's ongoing public relations effort to try and derail health care reform as Democrats work to get a bill through the Senate before Christmas.

As part of the GOP's strategy, RNC political and press staff have been sent to six states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Virginia to coordinate individual campaigns in an effort to convince senators from these states to oppose the bill. The campaign is directed at Democrats who represent five of these states as well as Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who aligns himself with the Democratic Party.

In addition, the RNC is spending $100,000 on ads placed on national radio shows calling for the defeat of the bill.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho estimates that the national party has spent about $2 million to try and defeat health care reform.

Script:

Voice: "Listen to me. Listen to me."

Senior 1: "Senator, you need to listen to me."

Senior 2: "No one in Washington seems to be listening to me."

Senior 3: "I don't want anybody fooling with my Medicare."

Voice: "Do not pass this health care bill. Listen to me."

Senior 4: "Listen…to everyone."

Voice: "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

Chyron: MAKE THEM LISTEN

Chyron: CALL YOUR SENATOR

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Code Red was step two in the party of hate becoming the new red menace. Step one was the 10 communist principles of the republican party.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. listen to you?

    you (the GOP) got us into these messes

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Don M.

    $100,000?

    Really?

    $2 Million total?

    Really?

    Really???

    December 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Jay

    Where is the outrage? Shame on the media for not pointing this blatant lie and insurance industry protection tactic out.

    What are you people doing CNN? This should be frontpage news and the subtitle should say "Republicans continue to count on lack of intelligence to derail health care reform".

    December 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Jack Fl

    The head line took me by suprise! It made me think the RNC(real nut case) was actually offer something substantial to the healthcare issue. But NoNoNo let's just run interferance.

    December 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. katiec

    What a bunch of nothing from the party of NOthing.
    They have forsaken the American people for their constant support of big business, personal gains and political games.
    They are truly on the path of becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.
    They are out to destroy us and our country.

    December 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. cs1984

    I am not sure why, but is seems to me that insurance is just another middle man trying to make a profit. If you think about it, insurance companies are out to make a profit. If a consumer is going to a provider that wants a profit and uses an insurance out to make a profit, who loses? I believe the answer is very simple. The consumer loses. I am quite perplexed as to why we sit around worried about helping people pay for health care when we should be skipping over a pointless obstacle (insurance) to the source. Think of your insurance. You pay your co-pay, premium, and deductible (before your plan begins to pay) and you still have to worry about a limit to the amount they will pay and inappropriately denied claims. If we could focus more on pressuring health care providers into lowering their absurd costs to something everyone could afford, insurance would be unnecessary. (Example. Some prescriptions cost $400 per month to fill. Or, $100,000 for a 5 day hospital stays.)

    December 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    More party propaganda from America's dishonest Conservative leadership. Conservatives do not give a crap about American health or American health care. They care only about American Health Care Corporation income.

    They do not care whether Americans are healthy. They do not care if American children are healthy. They care about corporate health, not human health. The inhuman values of the "values party" are going to destroy our democracy. It's us or them. Americans or Conservatives. Which side are you on?

    December 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    We need to scrap the entire republican party and start all over with people who are not anti American.

    December 16, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Mississippi Mrs.

    When this BAD Health Care Legislation is defeated... it will be a wonderful Christmas present to me. Republicans can get it right in 2010.

    December 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I am beginning to think that the republicans are too far right of the communist party.

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Dave

    Headlines you will never see about the GOP:

    "GOP unveils an idea"
    "GOP offers solutions"
    "GOP didn't complain about..."
    "GOP practices what it preaches."
    "GOP accepts responsibility for..."

    The list goes on...

    December 16, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    The Republicans have a long history of being against ALL social programs that would benefit the American People!

    Here is a list of what the GOP called socialism:

    Social Security
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    SCHIP
    CIVIL RIGHTS
    Minimum Wage
    Unemployment Benefits

    Get the picture? GOP= OBSTRUCTIONISTS

    December 16, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Andi

    "Listen to me" sounds like a demand, on one hand, and a cry from a frustrated 5-year-old on the other.

    December 16, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Independent_me

    We know the drill –
    they will come on as if they are so concerned about our health, and about health care reform.. while they kill any attempts at reform. The ignorant Americans who allowed themselves to be used by Republicans have only supported the insurance industry into keeping things just the way that the insurance industry wants it. All of these tea party people have condemned their children and grandchildren to a life without health care.

    And meanwhile, the Republican moles in the Senate are rejoicing because they have derailed health care. They should be voted out of office by their states!

    December 16, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Diane

    Why is the GOP placing this ad now?? They haven't listened to the American People for quite sometime!!!!!! I only hope and pray that the American people are listening to these loud mouths now come next election time. Maybe then they will LISTEN TO US.

    December 16, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Pragmatic

    The Republican claim responsibility for the ad ... but didn't do one (expletive deleted) thing to fix the problems in the past administration.

    Truth? McCain suggested even larger Medicare cuts during his presidential campaign last year, and he and some other GOP critics voted for cuts more than twice as big when Congress approved the Balanced Budget Act in 1997.

    How can you tell when the GOP lies? Their mouths are moving ...

    December 16, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. sara

    We don't need health care reforms. Leave us alone

    December 16, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    wow the GOP gets money form the insurance industry to tell lies and they don't even have to use any kind of insurance that the public has to use and pay for . so why is it that the republicans are so against a public option .? it won't efect them in any way .other than take the greedy amount of profit away from there big buddies ( insurance companies ) the republicans and a few of the democrates ..oh and that idiot Lieberman should be recalled and fired and not give them any kind of health insurance for life ... make then pay what all of americans have to pay .. :)

    December 16, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Carnell From The Motor City!

    That's Pretty Much The Republicans Idea Of Health Care, Produce A Web Video To Dictate To Others How Not To Vote For It.

    December 16, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. bob in LA

    STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH MY HEALTH!
    If the RNC has something to add to the plan, then offer it. Otherwise stop all the nonsense!

    December 16, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. m jeff

    The video should be called, no change.

    December 16, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Steph

    No, Listen to Me: We need health care reform not obstructionist jerks who waste money on ads like this or who fund "grass roots" protests. I wiould like the GOP to tell me how there plans, or lack of a plan, will help protect me when my insurance company wants to drop my coverage or refuses to pay for a needed medical test.

    December 16, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Steph

    I did call my senators, and I thanked them for working hard for meaningful healthcare reform.

    December 16, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    No ideas, just obstruction. That's all you've got left – along with fear, division and hate – when your policies are proven failures.

    The Republican Party are such losers!

    GOP = Party Before Country

    December 16, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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