March 15th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
7 years ago takes turn on health care reform

Washington (CNN) – An influential liberal advocacy group shifted gears and is getting behind President Obama's push for health care reform even though its membership believes it doesn't go far enough. is spending "six figures" on television commercials to run on national cable and called on its membership to back primary challengers to Democrats who vote against health care reform legislation.

For the past year, advocated that a public option be included in the overhaul health care reform. But the leadership of the member driven organization took a poll of its membership last week to see if it wanted to support the president's push. And 83 percent of them did.

"Our members still totally believe that the public option is the best way to lower costs and make health care affordable," said Ilyse Hogue, spokeswoman for "And at the same time they overwhelmingly believe that the president's plan is the best way to keep health care reform moving forward and this is a necessary step."

The TV ad contains images of prominent historical figures including an image of the founding fathers, President Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Franklin Roosevelt and President Lyndon Johnson.

"Throughout history, America has been blessed with heroic leaders - individuals who helped us to navigate between right and wrong," the announcer says in the ad.
Citing rising health care costs and the needs of the uninsured in the country, the ad continues "We need historic action. We need our leaders to fight for what's right."

The ad implores viewers to call their representatives in Congress and asks them "Which side of history will you be on?"

As for supporting primary challengers, representatives noted that every vote is needed in the House to ensure health care reform passes.

"With the big vote happening as early as this Friday, Conservative Democrats need to know the stakes if they choose to side with Big Insurance over the voters on health care reform," said in the e-mail.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. another Dave

    As soon as they apologize to General Petraeus, I might be more inclined to listen to something they have to say...

    March 15, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    There support would not influence my decision. Why not put that money to good use for individuals in need???? Do some good cause you really cannot change minds.

    March 15, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. ib

    another reason to be against this stupid gov. take over bill.

    March 15, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. al

    I am amazed that the public and congress is willing to have behind the
    the door deals and arm twisting what does that say about who and how they represent. What does that say about their integrity?

    March 15, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. scowdie

    all dems should pay 75% income tax to pay for health care.

    March 15, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Just take a look at the comments today on President Obama's rally in Ohio.... The lobbyists against, are out in force... in some cases their comments are exactly the same – word for word – cut and paste anyone?
    Did the "words" come down from on high???? So transparent!!!

    March 15, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Ron

    What happened to transperancy and honesty? It takes bribery and corruption to pass something the manority of citizens don't want? Two primary questions: First, if "everyone" should have health care but can't afford it then who pays for it? The middle class will see significant tax increases. Secondly, and more importantly, do you realize if government controls health care they will control EVERY aspect of your life under the auspicious of "saving money". Do you realize they could then "force" you to exercise, not eat certain foods, tax you if your cholesterol is to high, etc.? Doesn't that scare you? And what if you don't like your "doctor" or what "is covered"? At least today you can select another insurance company/policy. If government controls EVERY aspect of your life so if you don't like it then "tough luck". WAKE UP PEOPLE!! THIS IS INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS!! CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM YOU DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT CONTROLING YOUR LIFE!!

    March 15, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. mark

    gee...who is blindly following party rhetoric now?

    Where are all the libs screaming and jumping and yelling?

    March 15, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Brian from CA

    This is what needs to be done during the Republican primaries. Vote for more moderate Republican challengers rather than the same, "say no to everything, far-right, party-firsters" in congress now, specifically representatives like John Boehner. We need more moderate representation in Congress so we can actually get things done by members of Congress who will actually TALK to one another. Don't just vote with a knee-jerk reaction and think about your choice. Don't just vote for the other party for sake of punishment.

    March 15, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. JES

    Waffle is all I can say about this.

    The President and about all the other Dem's I know want to spend but they don't want to balance the budget or find a way not to increase taxes.

    The people that put our current President in office wanted change well you sure got it more debt, more taxes, and more spending without a balanced budget.

    Great job

    March 15, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. How are you paying for it???

    I love DUMocRATS who believe in this farce.

    I have an idea. Let's not raise taxes.

    Then, let all DUMocRATS who believe in this BS form their own public option, where only those members belong to it, pay for it, etc.

    Sounds fair to me?

    Nooooo, of course the free spending liberals of OPM (Other Peoples Money) don't want this deal because then they might have to live with the consequences and pay for it.

    OBOZO Care stinks.

    March 15, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. D. R. Lewis

    Even the movement has the right name MoveOn.The time is right now and right here I'm on the side that want healthcare for everyone with a pubic option.For those of you who wants to start over ,what about starting over when you don't have a sick child or spouse or parent that body is wrenching pain and you don't have a job or roof over your head and no way or means to the basic treatment (like a car to even go to doctor or your phone is turn off cause you don't have a house to answer it or call a employer or a doctor)? Surely , no one wants to be sick and without medical care,but if they are sick they don't or can't just tell their body to wait now start over don't get sick cause the Democrats have plan on the way but the Republiians say no cause we want the President to fail while you continue to get sick and die.Yelp death panel I would call it except we know your faces and you go by the name as the party of No.

    March 15, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. wassup

    I'm sure is behind the current legislation because they have been guaranteed that the public option will find it's way in the legislation. Just another bribe from the Commander in Huckster.

    March 15, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Donald

    It will take courage for our representitives to do the right thing. Anyone with a conscience knows that passing health care reform is the direction we need to go. There are still selfish people out there rallying against change. They have theirs and believe that they are secure, so there is no need to worry about the millions who have been priced out of the market or cheated by the insurance industry. They don't realize how vulnerable we are under the current for profit system. They will never understand unless it happens to them. If we don't pass health care reform now, we may not get another chance in this generation, and millions more will die in the prime of their lives. It is not perfect, but it is a start and it can be tweaked to make it better as we go. We must pass health care reform now before this opportunity slips away once again.

    March 15, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. valwayne

    What a surprise? One of the most extreme hateful left wing groups out there is lining up behind Obama and the massively corrupt healthcare bill.

    March 15, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    It doesn't go far enough--but it IS a START in the right direction! Today the President took the personal message to the State of Ohio. Ms Canfield is one of millions and we MUST have reform NOW! Hope everyone saw and LISTENED to that message.

    March 15, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. Pam Holt collected donations and had legislators sign a pact that they wouldn't vote for healthcare reform without a public option and now they are seeking to defeat those that are sticking to that pact?? That is screwed up,! You are making a serious mistake if you encourage voting out truly progressive politicians like Dennis Kucinich. Smarten up!

    March 15, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. Denna

    Thank you. With the conservatives barking like starving dogs at his heels, President Obama really, really needs someone high profile to have his back. The American people need this plan – even the ones who are dumb enough to vote against their own best interests. It is time that we Americans take back our lives and health from the insurance companies.

    March 15, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. gary

    Why can't they include malpractice reform? Why can't they let us import drugs from candidates? Why can't insurance companies operate across state lines? Why do we have to tax health insurance, or anyone? Why does it have to be such a big bill that cost sooo much? Why the special favors for Florida, Louisiana or Nebraska.

    This is a crazy bill. Anyone who supports this bill is not thinking right. Anyone who votes for this bill will not get my vote. I think that we need to "move on" to another topic.

    March 15, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    If the abject socialists at are in favour of something, you just know that it's truly bad for the country. These twits are such thorough fanatics that bankrupting the country is perfectly acceptable as long as it helps them jam their agenda down everyone's throats.

    March 15, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. acfaber291

    MOVON are realtively wealthy individuals.

    healthcare, Obama style for them is a loser.

    March 15, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. John Hennessy

    I am TOTALLY behind a PUBLIC OPTION for Health Care Reform; anything else is simply a total cop out, if not a great BJ to the insurance companies, Pharmas and hospitals...

    I will tell you this, as an INDEPENDENT, no one and I mean NO ONE will get a vote from me to return to any public office IF they dare to vote NO to Health Care Reform or hold out their vote for any form of a bribe to vote YES!

    March 15, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Term Limits

    Is this the plan that President Obama proclaimed would cut costs to employers by 3000%?

    Anyone else wondering how many more lies, exagerations, and smoke/mirrors are in it?

    March 15, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    " is spending "six figures" on television commercials"

    Why not send that money where it is needed more and can do more good.........animal shelters, woman's shelters, homeless shelters etc. Why throw it away on something most Americans do not want....Obamacare.

    March 15, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  25. MatthewDetroit


    Its a bad bill and should be killed in congress. Say no today.

    March 15, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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