New ad targets GOP candidates over health care
September 22nd, 2011
05:00 AM ET
3 years ago

New ad targets GOP candidates over health care

Washington (CNN) – A television ad released Thursday by a progressive health care advocacy group slammed the tea party movement and GOP presidential candidates, saying they support policies that could potentially discontinue Medicare.

The ad, sponsored by Protect Your Care, also chastised the candidates for standing by as a few audience members at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate cheered the idea of a man dying because he lacked health insurance.

At last week's debate, CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical scenario, asking the candidates if an uninsured man should be left to die if he could not pay his medical bills after a six-month emergency stay in an intensive care unit.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul answered by suggesting the expenses could be covered by the man's friends, neighbors and community churches. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann sidestepped the question, addressing, instead, her concerns with President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.

But support for the idea of letting the man succumb to his ailment if he could not pay for adequate care could be heard coming from debate attendees in the form of applause.

In the 30-second ad, images of tea party activists are intermingled with clips of the GOP candidates. It also included sound from some audience members jeering during the debate.

"Will Republican candidates listen to the extremes in their party on health care?" the ad's narrator inquired. "Or the American people?"

The ad is featured on www.LetHimDie.com and will broadcast in the Orlando media market from Thursday to Sunday, including spots during a Thursday night debate in Florida. Edward Vale, the communications director for the group, said the the television and online ad purchases, including several outreach events on the ground scheduled through the weekend, cost approximately $85,000.

Protect Your Care announced they will set up camp in the Sunshine State to drum up anti-GOP support in light of Thursday's televised showdown, hosted by Fox News and Google, where nine candidates will vie for the Republican slot on next year's general election ticket.

According to a statement, the group is performing outreach to Hispanic voters and perceives Florida to be a ripe battleground state for bringing the GOP to task on issues such as Medicare and Social Security. The group's ad campaign aims to infiltrate the state's online and television mediums to express their disdain for health care agendas touted by GOP presidential hopefuls.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Republicans are truly disgusting.

    September 22, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  2. Christopher

    Nothing wrong with Christians cheering the death of a man. Read the bible. We all know that Jebus demanded cash up front before he cured the lepers.

    September 22, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The senator from Florida corectly nailed these wingnuts years ago. Their healthcare plan is hurry up and die.

    September 22, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  4. Marie MD

    We all know that the teapublikans are okay with a 30 year old man dying instead of receiving medical care. This is when I love TV. To catch people at their worst and they can't take it back. YEAH!

    September 22, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  5. Mike

    Wait ... Weren't these the same people who suggested the Democrats wanted "death panels"? The irony is so thick you could cut it with a scalpel.

    September 22, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  6. Sandy

    I don't necessarily like this ad. I think there should be more to it than just that clip.

    September 22, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    Does "Protect Your Care" group understand about Euthanasia?

    September 22, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  8. EffortPA

    For the Republicans and Tea Party, it is all about survival of the fittest. If you reach retirement age and don't have a couple of million dollars saved up, then you probably won't last very long, you should have saved more. Their goal is to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They will first start by cutting benefits and they will eventually get rid of those programs.

    September 22, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  9. Name king

    These repugs shout out that Obamacare expense will drown us when the mandate for paying for the program won't kicked in until 2014, which they are fighting like hell to stop. Lesson I personally don't want the American people to be at the mercy of big insurance, "I've seen how big oil treats the American people", or dangling in the stock markets where our health care faith is rested on greece. Lesson private business exist to make money for their private shareholders not for the American people. If the repugs can trick the gullible in America to privatize healthcare for all Americans only 5 percent might can afford it, because as soon as private insurance sense that insuring someone will be a lost for them, grandma is going over the cliff.

    September 22, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The GOP doesn't care. The point is that they are willing to let people make their own mistakes with the consquences be damned. They seem to think that there are charities that could help those that don't have a problem raising the money to take care of the uninsured. That isn't going to happen because there aren't enough charities and they don't have enough money to take of the people out there.

    September 22, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. TJeff1776

    Conser ACT like they owe society ........zero. BUT look how fast taxpayers are expected to respond when wallstreeters
    and other corps get in trouble. Suddenly, they say, "we are ALL in the same boat"- we must help one another. AND the tax system also stinks. Corps say "we give jobs, SO tax us least". That excuse holds no water whatever. The American people, as a whole, do more hiring than ALL corps put together. I hire Barbers, grocery personnel, mechanics to fix my car, etc etc etc. Moreover, eliminating Obamcare is also a bunch of junk. WHAT will conser replace it with ?
    Nothing, they say, "just too expensive". The healthcare slogan for the Repubs IS- "let'em die- healthcare is for tha wealthy only".

    September 22, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |