Republicans under attack for attempting to repeal health care
January 18th, 2011
09:47 AM ET
7 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. Bubba

    Chairman Rush made it plain he'd prefer to see the country fail than succeed without his Party in full control. Tighten your belts, folks.

    January 18, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Debral

    Im tired of Republicans telling Us Americans that we dont want the Health Care Reform bill that was passed ...your not speaking for this American because I Do Like and Want to Keep it. Republicans are out of touch with "We the People".

    January 18, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Rsprings

    Ok we know how this is going to go..Repubs vote to repeal...Dems block it in Senate. Then they negotiate a better healthcare plan. This is what the Dems should have done in the first place. DUH

    January 18, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Inmyopinion

    How can they say 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" when if you don't buy an insurance policy under the new Health Care Laws you will be breaking a Tax Law and you will owe the IRS a TAX or the IRS comes after you?????? How exactly is the title "Affordable Care Act" affordable???? if you can't afford to buy you will be penalized with a tax bill????? There is nothing affordable or Free as we must all pay, buy an insurance policy, this is a misguided health care plan that makes people think they will be getting Free health care, free insurance. There is nothing Free here. The only ones making money are the insurance companies.

    January 18, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. CBR

    The Republicans in Congress may not like the Health Care Bill as it right now. The courageous plan: Instead of repealing they need to talk about making changes. A small bipartisan committee should hammer out the changes and bring them to the whole house asap.

    Both Republicans and Democrats would welcome compromise on this Act.

    January 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Snow

    Bull Poop. The Republicans were given the majority to get rid of obama care.

    January 18, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Name Larry

    Any alternative options yet?

    January 18, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Tanja

    These Republican's are MORONS....Obama ran for president on universal health-care...and he WON!!

    More than half of Americans WANT the health-care reform.

    January 18, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. unretired05

    Nothing gets done except to show the lobbyists with the money how good they are at pulling their wagon even if it isn't coing anywhere. "See we're worth all that money."

    January 18, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. American

    Americans should be aware this unnecessary "symbolism" represents a sad waste of time and tax dollars when there are more important issues to address together for our country.

    Instead of symbolic repeal of children's pre-existing coverage, seniors' donut hole closures, and college student care, our legislators should be working together on substanitive improvements that have more realistic opportunity to pass.

    January 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. unretired05

    OOOps GOING ( although they might be cooing.)

    January 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Independent

    The Republicans have no business attempting to repeal the health care bill unless they are willing to surrender their rich federal health benefits and join the many Americans who have to pay for their own health insurance – if they can get it!!!

    January 18, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. SuperD

    I can't believe any sane person would be against the repeal of Obamacare.

    First, they never read the bill, don't know what's in it. Second, it was rammed down your throat whether you liked it or not because Queen Nancy said so. Third, the bill itself has nothing to do with insurance or heath reform, it's nothing but a Govt. takeover aparatus disguised as reform. And it's ramifications certainly will result in higher taxes, abuse, less care and yes, Death Panels with burecrats deciding how long you get to live.

    The utter dishonesty by the then majority Democrats was sickening to see on display. That's why the Dems got hammered last Nov. And to read some of these ignorant posts with utter garbage like "Insurance Companies shouldn't make a profit" and utter stupid comments like that can only lead to the conclusion that there are a ton of stupid people buying the Progressive garbage inspite a mountain of evidence and clear majority of Americans that this stupid law is one of the worst ever crafted by our Congress.

    January 18, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Rob R

    We need more of this. I am tired of seeing Mike Huckabee's stupid commerical calling for the repeal of health care. Contrary to what Republicans think, the majority of people FAVOR health care reform. The reason for the high negatives on this is because some people feel it didn't go far enough.

    Senior citizens are getting coverage for drugs in the donut hole that they never got before. Parents are covering kids up till 26 while they struggle to find work. Sick kids are able to be covered and not get dropped due to pre-existing conditions.

    And repealing healthcare will ADD TO THE DEFICIT. If Republicans are true to their desire to reduce the deficit then they would listen to the CBO and not just cherry pick their analysis when it only favors their view. That's what makes me sick about Republicans. They are too pig-headed to ever concede that maybe their worldview isn't always 100% correct. Republicans don't care if 30-50 million Americans can't get health coverage. They are partners in crime with the insurance industry.

    Now is the time for Dems to make the clear case for HCR that they should have made when it was being legislated.

    January 18, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It has begun......tee hee!!!!

    January 18, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. SayWhat

    The GOP, theself proclaimed party of God and morality, somehow has ended up on the wrong side of the health care issue. I wonder if when they pray to their merciful and charitable God they ask whether it is morally correct to provide healthcare to peope or to back the greed of Wall Street and health insurance companies. Spin all you want, but in the end you will have to answer for your actions in this world.

    January 18, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. ABM

    Very happy to hear that someone has the spine to take on the GNOP's revolt against caring for the citizens of this country. Their opposition is purely an attempt to discredit the forward progress our President has untertaken. They have no plan or solution to the current state of health care (or lack there of). They only want to have their stamp on it after over 40 years of failed attempt to get it passed. Funny how they forgot that Bob Dole attempted to reform health care and the long list of GOP'ers who stated in their campaigns to reform it as well. Only our President was able to get it done – and they hate that fact plain and simple.

    Thank you Mr. President and all those pols who voted 'yes'.

    January 18, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Russ

    Let's see, the latest poll out says only 30% of Americans want the heath care bill repealed. Since when is that the majority as claimed by the Republicants. They need to go back to math class and learn how to compare percentages. Dah!!!!

    January 18, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Don Beal

    A quick check comparing health care costs in the USA with other western, industrialized nations shows the USA spending over $3000 per capita for health care than comparable nations. With a population of over 300,000,000 that comes out to a trillion dollars each year ($1,000,000,000,000) in medical care costs beyond what we would spend if we approached medical care like other similar nations. Our extra spending gives us a health care system ranked in the low 30's by the World Health Organization. With that kind of money at stake, people are going to defend their positions as powerfully as they can. But one man's excessive medical costs is another man's trip to Vegas.

    January 18, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    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".
    As usual, complete and total LIES from the left. The disaster of a new trillion dollar healthcare entitlement that this country cannot afford has ZERO to do with Congress's heathcare plan. Does the far left know of no other tactic than this ridiculous non-sensical class warfare approach? Any rational American has become very aware of their tactics. This sort of blatant lie campaign is only meant to rile up their base, namely uneducated, uninformed voters. Sad, very sad.

    January 18, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. usualone

    Whether it is symbolism or not, the Republicans truly show thta they don't care about the less fortunate people when they vote to kill the health care bill. It is unconscionable that they want people with pre-existing conditions not to be covered by the program, in additon to the other parts of the bill that benefit our citizens. We all need driver's licenses and the insurance will be affordable to those who have little to pay. They are just showing their mean spirit...and those tat follow themin this regard really are only self-centered, self-serving people.

    January 18, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Gee, Speaker Boehner, what provisions of the health care bill are so objectionable to your ilk? Is it the closure of the "donut hole" for seniors on Medicare? Is it the reduced price for their medications? Is it that pre-existing conditions like pregnancy can no longer be used to exclude someone from getting insurance? Is it the tax credits that small business owners receive for making health care available to their employees? Is it that children can still be covered by their parent's policies up to their mid-20s? Is it the credits that low-income people receive to make health care affordable to them? Is it that with no more lifetime caps, a family will not go bankrupt due to a catastrophic illness? Please explain what provision bothers you!

    January 18, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    My disabled son has been on Medicaid for the past five years. In our area, the government has contracted with a big umbrella organization that oversees the clinics my son is "allowed" to visit in exchange for all the Medicaid money.

    Unfortunately, my son's condition is only hypothetically covered under the umbrella organization.

    After contacting the attorney general, I was lucky enough to get a ruling that my son could indeed see any doctor he could afford. So, now, my son and I pay for his health care out of pocket. Of course, the privileged few running the umbrella company keep the all the Medicaid dollars.

    Obamacare will work the same way: you will pay all you can "afford" for healthcare you will never receive.

    January 18, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Nick , California

    If Republicans want to repeal.. they should lead by example and give up their "socialist" "government" "Free Handout" health care that they want to deny the backbone of this country!

    January 18, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Amazing

    Repeal this monstrosity over all, then replace it with something that makes sense, keeping the few good parts of the bill.

    January 18, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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