March 16th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservative group launches ad blitz against health care reform

Citizens United is launching a $600,000 ad campaign.
Citizens United is launching a $600,000 ad campaign.

(CNN) – Another political organization is readying to flood the television airwaves this week as House members get set to take a final vote on the health care reform bill.

Citizens United, the conservative political advocacy group that recently won a landmark Supreme Court ruling rolling back campaign finance regulation, announced Tuesday it is planning a $600,000 media campaign targeting vulnerable Democratic members of Congress who initially voted for the health care bill in 2009.

In targeted television commercials and a planned 1.3 million phone-call drive, the group aims to encourage constituents in the selected districts to flood their representatives' offices with expressions of opposition to the measure.

"These Representatives voted yes on ObamaCare last year," said David Bossie, president of Citizens United. "Before they cast their vote this week, they should take care to listen to what their constituents have to say."

The targeted Democrats include Reps. Mark Schauer of Michigan, Mike Arcuri of New York, Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, Baron Hill of Indiana, Chris Carney of Pennsylvania, John Salazar and Colorado.

The announcement of the ad campaign comes the same day a conglomerate of health care proponents unveiled a $1.4 ad buy targeting 17 Democrats who have not publicly announced how they will vote for the measure.


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  1. Free america

    Obama's Bill

    Mandates on states that can't afford it.
    No regulation on insurance companies. (Can charge you any amount)
    Under table deals made FLA,NEB,LA.
    Fines on people who don't get insurance.

    Fooling the Dum Down American Public Priceless.

    March 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Pip

    80% of America wanted this before the FUD started.

    March 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Teabaggers yelling Kill the Bill.

    Bill supporters yelling Kill the Teabaggers.

    Violence in the streets will follow shortly. Bullets don't ask " which party affiliation? ".

    March 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Politics of Fear

    Republicans are HYPOCRITES!!! There slogan should be "Do as I say, Not as I do."

    March 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. al in memphis

    No more money on ads by either side. This is like debating whether there is value in giving our kids a free educations through high school.
    Let's figure out a way to spend less on this bill, cover more people, reduce insurance cost, increase hospital quality, get more people into preventative health programs, minimize medical lawsuits, and stop strangling small businesses with no competetive insurance premiums.

    No one really wants government involve, but what are they supposed to do when people are losing life savings while being denied coverage and insurance companies constantly raise premiums and reporting record quarterly profits. Yeah, we can't have everything or expect free things, but the richest land in world has a health care system that works better for the insurrance companies pocketbook.

    March 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jake

    This is another burden on the tax payer who once again must pay for the 50% that pay zero.As far the rich,they have to pay too much now,the top 10% now pay 70% of the bill.Everybody can not be poor or middle-how do you support a family working for a poor man.

    March 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. MikeH

    These astro-turf groups are funded by corporations and plutocrats that would enrich themselves by destroying America.

    March 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Glennis

    To those of you petulantly asking if we didn't care what the Bush people did: Yes, we cared when the last administration spent like there was no tomorrow. That doesn't make it ok for the current administration to try and outdo them. We just have a new set of people who don't care one whit about you or me. We cannot afford a massive new program with the attendant government employee expansion with our current economy. Beyond that, the bill is really incomplete and we won't know what's really in it until they're finished tinkering with it. Passing it and then trusting them to get it right after the fact is the height of naivete and foolishness on the part of anyone who actually believes that. One thing I do know; it will cost more than we can afford and probably in more ways than one.

    March 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. A True Centrist

    President Obama said during his speech that House Dems need to have more courage, rather than look at the polls and worry about re-election. What is he saying here? Is he saying to ignore the will of the people, ignore the will of the constituents that voted these Representatives into office? Every poll conducted shows that the American people do not like this bill...start listening!!

    March 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Dad of a Diabetic

    After Social Security and Medicare passed, the conservatives who had warned of everything from communism to the antichrist happening if Social Security and Medicare passed looked like idiots. The same thing will happen when health care reform passes. Americans will not want to return to a time when sick children with diabetes, cancer, or some other deadly disease could not get health insurance for the rest of their lives, or when almost 50,000 Americans died each year, because they do not have health insurance, or when thousands of people went bankrupt over health care bills. After healthcare reform passes, Americans will look back and ask "how did we ever deny sick children health care"?The answer will be the same as when we look back and ask "how did we ever deny widows and orphans government help", or "how did we ever deny elderly people and poor children health care"? The answer to all the questions is conservatives. Usually, conservatives calling thimselves christians.

    March 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Pat F

    Riiiiight, Hannah, spending trillions more will actually cost less.

    So up is really down, and wet is really dry, right? Nothing obeys the laws of economics and budgets are for losers.

    And you've filed for bankruptcy how many times, again?

    March 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. really?

    Can none of the liberals in these posts step back and look at the big picture? Yes, healthcare is needed but at what cost? The bill out there now is so bad because 1) no one has seen the entire bill and the only way to find out what's in it is to vote on it (according to Pelosi) 2) there are alreayd known "backroom" deals in it and 3) it costs a ton of money that we do not have. So, is it this healthcare bill or nothing at all? Why can't we start this thing over and do it the right way? Why do we have to pass this ridiculous excuse for legislation? Is it just to spite republicans? How about thinking about ALL Americans and our children's future!

    March 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Bottom line: we cannot afford the runaway spending of this bill. But even on a greater view, we cannot afford the criminal corruption of the democrats and liberals that is forcing this bill through the process using questionable and unconstitutional methods. Their "dirty tricks" make Nixon look like a saint.

    March 16, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Does a right wingnut think that unnecessary wars, Bush's unfunded drug mandate, and tax cuts for the wealthy represent 'controlled spending?'

    March 16, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. TR

    Kill this bill! Disband the federal government, reorganize the United States into several regional powers with the autonomy to set foreign policy, negotiate trade and decide on what really constitutes a threat to security.

    Americans are too divided and hateful to each other....the grand experiment has failed. Lets all go our separate ways.

    March 16, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. JC from Kansas-40 years a Republican -so sorry

    Out of control spending and a lack of federal oversight, placed us where we are today. 30 years ago I was considered rather far to the right. Today my views have not changed but I am considered as far left as one can be and still be called a Republican. These groups attempt to "Swift Boat" anything and everything that they are told to destroy by those pulling their strings. They have no bases of fact and no aims other than to undermine their target, god help us from fools such as they.

    March 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. gg

    How many medical clinics for the uninsured could $600,000 support?

    March 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Let's hope Congress can finally finish the work Teddy Roosevelt started over a century ago.

    The average cost per employee for health insurance in 2009 was just shy of $10,000. That cost is expected to be $20,000 in 2015. Employers cannot afford that, and you can expect dependants to be dropped from employer coverage, and you can also expect to pick up more of the tab through higher premiums, deductables, and co-pays.

    The current plan saves the government money and reduces the deficit, and hopefully will take this enormous bill off the backs of employers so they can remain competitive with the rest of the world.

    Pass it now, one way or another!

    March 16, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Anyone with credit card debt is the last person to be preaching about out-of-control spending.

    Nevermind the fact that 11 ways from Sunday a non-partisan congressional office found that for every $1.00 we spend on this bill, we generate $3.00 back

    Then there's the issue that people in England, France, Italy, Spain, Canada actually DON'T have to wait forever to see a doctor and they have better healthcare than we do and spend 1/16th out of pocket to what we get raked over for.

    Even SOME healthcare is better than none, you idiots.

    March 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. LESS GOVT?

    These Tea Party groups are so clueless. I see signs Kill the Bill with pictures of the POTUS so disrepectful. Another sign reads "Less Govt", really. Ask them to ask their Congressman if he/she is ready to give up thier GOVT ISSUED HEALTH INSURANCE. This is not a perfect bill in the least but the past administration of Bush and Cheney had two terms to come up with a plan but no they were too busy looking for WMD which they never found. Cheney was too busy getting HALIBURTON a "no bid" contract, ok enough we know what they were about. The Tea Party movement call themselves "conservatives" I call them RACIST, EVERY TIME I SEE CLIPS OF A GATHERING, I DON'T SEE ANYONE OF COLOR IN THE CROWD OTHER THAN RACIST DISRESPECTFUL signs of our POTUS.

    March 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Capt. Snarky

    This etitlement program will make the waste and fraud of Medicare look like the tip of an iceberg. And our country will be the Titanic........

    March 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Marcus Tate

    Yeah, let's borrow another $100 billion from China to pay for it, too. We might all end up being slaves to China, but at least we'll be healthy slaves.

    March 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. IKHAN

    The millions being spent by the Insurers & special interest group to derail Health care Reforms seem to be working .Has no one the back bone to stand up to them?Those who call the reforms socialism are those who would like to see the Insurance Cos get fatter still. Aren't they obese already?

    Public spending! We just signed away 18 billion dollars to Israel who just gave the boot to US Vice President. Americans needed this money here at home but who care.

    March 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Why isn't Citizens United being investigated by the House Unamerican Activities Committee? They should be, because they certainly don't stand with what the American people need.

    March 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Politics of Fear

    All I've heard from the GOP are LIES, LIES and more LIES. The LIES just keep adding up I can't count them on both hands. The media needs to stop calling it misinformation and call it what it is: LIES!! Any democrat that will call a republican a LIAR when they hear a LIE, you've got my vote! Not only is it UNAMERICAN to be LYING to the masses as the republican party is doing, it's downright EVIL. I've said it before. Republicans are mineons of the devil. There is a reason why the stars on the republican elephant are upside down. For a party that is suppose to stand on christian values, they sure do LIE alot.

    March 16, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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