Republicans under attack for attempting to repeal health care
January 18th, 2011
09:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans under attack for attempting to repeal health care

Washington (CNN) - The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change released a new ad on Tuesday calling out those members of Congress who are attempting to repeal the health care bill.

The ad, which will run on the major cable news outlets, warns viewers that while "the Affordable Care Act gave your family the same health protections members of Congress get . . . Republicans want to take that protection away from your family".

Watch the full video HERE.

This commercial arrives in the wake of a symbolic effort by some Republicans to repeal health care legislation. Publicly recording their dissent of the Affordable Care Act would satisfy a campaign promise made by many in the GOP, since Republicans do not have the votes needed in the Senate to actually repeal the bill nor the support of President Obama who would ultimately veto any repeal attempt.

Americans United for Change Executive Director Tom McMahon told CNN in a statement that "a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a vote to deny American families the same kind of health protections members of Congress enjoy and would still enjoy if the misguided Republican effort is successful. We hope that before members considering voting for a full scale reform of health care reform, they simply themselves: 'Am I doing more harm, than good?'"


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. The_Conservative_Lie

    Of course they are too thick headed to realize it. Besides, it is an exercise in elementary school futility. The childish name of the bill and the fact that they know it cannot possibly get passed the senate or the president's desk only shows that it is symbolic at best.

    January 18, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. DemFL

    NOt listening to America, the party of NO continues to spin the wheels wasting time and money on things they kNOw will never amount to anything. Do they have something better in mind to fix this? NO! I am sure the insurance companies are very deeply rooted in your pockets but it's NOt going to do any good. Try passing something that actually helps America and NOt your personal gain.

    January 18, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans' call to repeal health care reform is just another in a long laundry list of their actions to benefit their wealthy cronies (in this case, the insurance industry CEOs who make on average $14 MILLION per year) at the expense of the rest of us and the long-term economic health of our nation.

    January 18, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Terry

    I would ask that all members of Congress consider an offer that allows any American to purchase healthcare insurance from the same company that members of the House and Senate, and all federal employees, buy their healthcare insurance. I am not looking for a handout, just fair treatment. The 59% increase announced by Blue Cross / Blue Shield last week in California should show Congress that the American Public is getting screwed by healthcare insurance companies. Healthcare Insurance Companies show record profits for 2010.

    January 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These Republicans better come up with solutions because it appears they still don't have any. You can complain and point fingers for so long, as they did for 2 years, and now that finger is pointing back at them. The ball is in their court and now they are attempting to bounce it back to President Obama but that's not going to fly because they made a "Pledge to America".

    January 18, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Monster Zero

    Where is the article for the 60 some odd percent of America that wants this monstrosity repealed and REPLACED with a more economically, less intrusive, better plan? Instead CNN pushes the "liberal advocacy group" story, an advocacy group that represents 21% of the voting demographic make up... I have yet to see an article that goes through the 2,000 some odd page Bill to dissect it piece by piece exposing it for what it is, where is that article CNN?

    January 18, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Leon

    If lawmakers want to be serious about lowering the budget, EVERY member of congress, and the senate, should pay for their own health care insurance. They ALL can afford to. And, specifically, the Republican lawmakers that don't think the U.S. government can run health care, should put their money where their mouth is and get insurance from a private health care company. Those who seek to be elected officials should do so to do the bidding of their voters, not for the free ride and celebrity. WALK THE WALK!

    January 18, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. informed voter

    It is disingenuous for the Republicans to say they are all about getting more jobs for Americans, and reining in spending, and then for them to waste time, money and energy, trying to dismantle a bill that they don't have the power to repeal. This will be their undoing.

    January 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. sara

    A WASTE OF time!!! Where's the JOBS!!!!!

    January 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Not to mention that their attempt to repeal it would cost millions (or is it Billions) to do? Not that they care. Pandering to the lemmings is all they care about. Also, they want to repeal the regulatory business rules? I thought they screamed "listen to the people" about HC. Business regulation is favored by a majority of americans, but since they are hypocrites they do NOT listen this time and try to get their big business buddies back to the big pay-days

    January 18, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. WestmontWriter

    This massive government takeover of the health system did absolutely nothing to address the staggering rise in premiums. If anything it made it much worse by making healthcare a collective system that now has to include everyone. . .and we all have to pay for it. So there was no real reform. It's now just a massively over costly government run entitlement program.

    January 18, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Sgt. Joe

    As they should be! I wish they'd start representing the majority of Americans and not their voting base. I don't know how they live with themselves thinking the current healthcare system is working for the average American. They had a chance to contribute, but they played their stubborn card. I remember Obama addressing the GOP at a special meeting and he thoroughly answered all their questions and concerns and flat out lies, yet they hold on to their stubborn agenda to see it all fail. I believe they just don't want it to succeed because it makes them look bad. Thee old "NIH" (not invented here) syndrome. It's too bad we didn't get a public option though, that's what the libs are peeved about. Who's to blame on that?

    January 18, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. sharon

    What is the Republican Healthcare plan? Will their plan have complete coverage and including pre-exsisting condition? How much would your Healthcare Plan cost. These are some of the questions we should be asking the republicans. Asof yet they want to repeal and we Americans do not know what they have to offer. Please do not let them make the same mistakes they made the last 4yrs.

    January 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. KatR

    The new law is already kicking in, despite the screams of protest from the GOP. My new policy has no yearly deductible, no lifetime max of benefits, and a $3600 yearly limit on what I have to pay in co-pays and co-insurance before the company must pick up all costs.My monthly premium is higher. But I'm positive that will go down when the new exchanges have been fully implemented giving me more choices for my purchasing dollar. I've also heard that many new jobs have been created as a result of the new law and that many small business owners, aware of the tax break the new law provides, are now providing health insurance for their employees. The new law is not perfect but Congress has never passed perfect legislation at any time in our history. Amendments? Yes. Repealing the law in its entirety? Absolutely not.

    January 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Tish

    Those Repubs are clueless to the plight of the American people. All evidence state their attempt is futile but yet they still forge ahead to waste tax payers money.

    January 18, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. bontragerfam

    If you want heath care, go buy it yourself or get a better job. Don't make me pay for it with my taxes! I'm a waitress and a recent college grad. If I can afford insurance, so can you. Buy it yourselves!

    January 18, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    We hope that before members considering voting for a full scale reform of health care reform, they simply themselves: 'Am I doing more harm, than good?'"
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ...and the clear answer would be NO. This poor excuse for health care "reform" known as ObamaCare is just a collection of compromises, most of which are a bad deal for middle class Americans...that is unless they are members of huge unions and receive some of the best health care plans on the planet in which case the Democrats gave them a free pass to the tune of $60 billion from the rest of us.

    America can do so much better than ObamaCare and the Republicans are the ones working to make that happen for us.

    January 18, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Tulsa

    Good. If we're going to have a debate, then debate facts, not accusations.

    January 18, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to know what the plan on replacing it with first before the repeal. Do they really have an alternative? I somehow don't think that they have one ready to go right this very minute.

    January 18, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. OH YEAH?

    I vote that we should repeal "Congress" healthcare.

    January 18, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. mf

    I am fedup of the lies of the republicans, tea party and sarah palin. They have done nothing good but just lied to the american people who are so dumb and cannot think or reason out for themselves. They just wanted power for their egos they dont care about the american people. WHy dont they give up their health care coverage and see what the poor and middle class families go through. I am so proud of my country CANADA we pay our taxes and get our benefits. IF WE DONT HELP OUR GOVT HOW CAN OUR GOVT HELP US. THINK AMERICA THINK DONT GET BULLIED BY THE GOP

    January 18, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Joel

    The repeal effort is about control and not money.

    January 18, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Kevin

    The GOP in an attempt to satisfy their tea party base with this silly vote. They know it will go no where. My thing is where are the jobs? The GOP has to lead now, they just can't say "NO" anymore. They have to work with the President and the Democrats. My prediction, the Gop will accomplish nothing over the next 2 years, all they will do is try distracting the American people with one BS investigation after another. People need to wake up, they ran for the past 2 years on a platform of NO and what people failed to realize then is that they offered no alternative. Look at them now going back on everything, the reason why they haven't offered an alterative to healthcare is because they don't have one. They just want it repealed just because its one of the President's biggest domestic accomplishments. This is the reason why President Obama will be re-elected. This is something the conservatives and tea party don't get, during the 2008 elections then candidate Obama set the bar very high, not only did he disagree with senator MCCain he offered alternatives and new ideas. The GOP for the past 2 years have let their pundits, birthers, talk radio, and tea party be their voice and all they've tried to do is divide us as a nation. When the President gave is speech at the memorial in AZ he showed us why he is the Commander-in Chief. The GOP alternative Sarah Palin, nuff said.

    January 18, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. gkingii

    Just look at which group is criticizing, and you'll see this has no real "news" value.

    January 18, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Name king

    Hey, alot of students enrolling in college would be left out in the cold, alot of the nearly 400 thousands health workers who are hired or potentially to get hired will be left out in the cold; people with preexisting, kids on their parents insurance, old people and the donut hole, small business incentitives for their workers, old people and the donut hole, 30 million people on insurance, they all going to be left out in the cold. This policy cut the budget by 100 billion in 10 years without it the budget will grow to nearly 250 billion in the same time frame, that a 350 billion deficit. That's what the official score keeper said. Now I don't care what either of the repugs and the dems said because both parties have their own ideology and biases. I go with what the most experience people and job it is to do the un bias thing said.

    January 18, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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