Conservative women's group takes out massive ad buy against Obama
June 20th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
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Conservative women's group takes out massive ad buy against Obama

(CNN) - A conservative women's advocacy group on Wednesday announced a major ad buy aimed against President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.

Concerned Women for America said it's dropping a whopping $6 million on a commercial that will begin airing Wednesday nationwide on cable and in six key swing states.

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The 60-second ad features a family practitioner, Dr. Ami Siems, expressing concern about the health care measure, which was passed in 2010 with Democratic support but now awaits a decision on its constitutionality by the Supreme Court.

"Everyone agreed we needed reforms - but this new health care law - it just isn't fixing things," Siems says in the ad, adding that the law will pile billions onto the federal deficit and increase government regulation.

"I don't want anything to come between my patients and me - especially Washington bureaucrats," she says.

The ad buy comes one week after the group announced a get-out-the-vote initiative that targets women in certain battleground states.

"Our members are highly energized on the aspects of the President's health care law; we are making a significant financial investment on this issue because we mean business," said the group's president, Penny Nance, in a statement.

The six states in the ad buy include Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wisconsin-three states that lean toward Obama, according to CNN's Electoral Map. The ad will also run in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Virginia, all of which fall under the "toss-up" category, according to CNN analysis.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. K

    Oh please! My husband and I were just denied health insurance coverage for pre exiting conditions. We have coverage with Blue Cross but our deductible is $12,000 a year. I had to have a cyst removed and it was $12,000 out of our pockets and we pay $600 a month in premiums! It took us down financially! We are still paying it off. All these ignorant people who are against reform! While we are being robbed by the ins. companies and the slackers who won't buy their own insurance. This country is so backwards. Only the POTUS really sees this and cares. I would love to see all the tea baggers and repubs in congress pay for their own health care IF they can even get coverage. I also buy my drugs from Canada because it is the only way I can afford them since Blue Cross won't even cover them until I reach my $12,00 detuctable! M.R. doesn't not care about working Americans! Wake up people!

    June 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Sarah

    "I don't want anything to come between my patients and me – especially Washington bureaucrats," she says

    But them insurance company bureaucrats they know whats best for your patients?

    June 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Joi Gibson

    The doctor states she doesn't want anyone coming between her and her patients, especially Washington. How rich, because that is exactly what Republicans are trying to do with all their anti-women initiatives in Congress and state legislatures. It astounds me that women would actually think having access to birth control is a bad thing; or having preventative care is a bad thing. I really don't get it.


    June 20, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Four and The Door
    No Republican in history ever did as much to take women's rights back 5 centuries as Obama is doing by allowing the Taliban to take back Afghanistan in 2014. This is sad to see.

    What on EARTH are you talking about? This article has NOTHING to do with the Taliban or Afghanistan. And if you honestly believe "No republican in history ever did as much to take womens rights back 5 centuries", do you not realize that the people in Government, who are taking away womens rights to abortions, and healthcare, are indeed Republicans? It's sad and scary at the same time that people like you are allowed to exist on this Earth.

    June 20, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Paqrat137

    How can a female doctor oppose the Health Care reforms? There are too many under served women with conditions, like the woman above, who can only benefit from the stipulations that will come into effect in 2014. Making health care readily available to women keeps our economy moving forward. Healthier women can contribute more than unhealthy women, directly in the workplaces and offices and indirectly in home care for their families. Healthy women control most of the household spending in the USA. IF money is used for their health only, it does not flow into the economy in the form of purchases. IN that case the only ones who benefit from unhealthy women are the health care professionals and insurance companies.

    The defeated single payer plan was the best idea for this country. Lacking that, the Affordable Health Care Law, (which IMHO does not go far enough) must be maintained, for women's health and the health of our nation and its economy.

    June 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. CathyinMN

    They would be better served by spending the 6 million elsewhere. I agree with @ K – Healthcare in the US IS A JOKE.

    June 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Didn't President Obama run on a platform of getting us HEALTHCARE REFORM?
    Why yes, yes he did.
    Okay just checking.

    June 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. WireweirdinSF

    Great the more the better, this mans name will be trash throughout history, might as well start now. Maybe the liberally biased media will give him some scrutiny.

    June 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE - GOP women are very good at voting against their best interests.
    GOP women are very good at knowing what their own best interests are without having them dictated to them by far left womens libbers.

    June 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Where did these "concerned women" get the $6 million for the ad – from bake sales? They're obviously funded by a couple wealthy individuals – who don't have the stones (or ovaries) to identify themselves so we can judge what's REALLY going on here.

    June 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. incredulous

    I guess these women don't pay bills, need medical care, use birth control or care about clean air and water. They must not have sons/husbands/fathers at risk of going to Iran if Romney gets his way and goes to war with them.

    June 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. EddyL

    A bunch of smug hags all on their husbands' health care plans, NO DOUBT.

    June 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. JustAO

    I'd rather have a cautious calculated intelligent president than an average low iq president like Bush who was bad at pronunciating words in his speeches. 'Mission Accomplished' banners to signal that we are starting the war in Iraq. What a disgrace he was to our nation and economy? But GOP voters wanted him in office twice to ruin our nation and economy.

    I guess the GOP wants us so desparately to go back to those Bush years of sabre rattling, trickle down economic theories, and letting big corporations rule over all American consumers. They also don't want any spending or tax increases to speak of ever. Even when expert economist say its the only way to grow us out of a recession.

    If you don't like history or human beings, vote GOP 2012 because they are the party of passionate ignorance and apathy.

    June 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obamacare has NOTHING to do with "healthcare reform", it is healthcare destruction. It is the creation of a massive new government entitlement designed to eventually squeeze the private sector OUT of the healthcare industry, leaving only government healthcare.

    June 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    How exactly are "Washington bureaucrats" getting between these doctors and their patients – by requiring health insurance companies to spend at least 80% on actual healthcare, instead of paying their CEOs on average $14 million a year?

    And what is the opinion of these "concerned women" in regard to health insurance companies today and for all past years making life-and-death decisions based on whether it's in the financial interest of the company to provide treatment?

    Specifically, what's their opinion when health insurance companies deny life-saving treatment to a patient because doing so benefits the company – even if it results in the death of the patient who has been paying premiums for years?

    June 20, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. PADoc1

    Google "Concerned Women for America." Whoop, there it is. First one up.Their mission statement, right at the top of the Google entry says "US coalition of conservative women which promotes Biblical values and family traditions." I guess that about says it all. Fair and Balanced. Hmmm. Let's click through and go to their site. Well. See? I knew it. Take a look at their featured videos: FOX News, FOX News, FOX News. Hey, that's good for me! I'm sold! Where do I sign?

    June 20, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Karm99

    The Republican party is the party of White old guys.

    They have to scour the earth to find women who will support their misguided and selfish edicts.

    Apparently this doctor is among them. She says "I don't want government coming between my patients and me".

    How about the Republicans wanting to get into the personal health decisions of every American woman? How about them wanting to allow insurance companies to charge more for women than men? How about them wanting to allow refusal of coverage for pre-existing conditions? How about them wanting to disallow older children to stay on their parents insurance?

    This doctor like so many Republicans has a sweeping view of healthcare that has no substance or thought behind it.

    It is simply more of, big bad government, don't know why, just because.

    June 20, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. RealityBites

    How many here have received a premium re-imbursement from your insurance company?? You know, the one thats supposedly required under ObamaCare...

    June 20, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Dave Jaipersaud

    She says "I don't want anything to come between my patients and me – especially Washington bureaucrats." I guess she would rather a for-profit insurance company come between her and her patient. I guess that way she will only treat people who has insurance. As for the folks who don't have insurance, well it sucks to be you. That is essential what this ad is saying.

    The question everyone should ask, " do you rather have an insurance company whose primary goal is to make a profit (and not health care) decide what medical procedure you can and cannot have or would you rather have an organization (essentially government) whose main goal is to look out for the wellbeing of its citizens and whose goal is not to make a profit, decide what medical procedure you can and cannot have"

    The answer is a no brainer. If you decide insurance company will look out for your best interest, then you would have no problem signing a legal document that would legally empower any hospital or medical practitioner from denying you medical treatment unless you pay cash upfront or you can provide proof that your health insurance company will pay for the procedure. If you are opposed to signing such an agreement than you are not being honest about that notion that you trust insurance companies to decide what medical procedure you can and cannot have. Don’t lie to yourself because it sounds good or someone else says is best. Think!

    June 20, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Conservative women AKA Stepford Wives....the way the GOP likes them can't defend or speak for themselves. Thank God for women like the Nuns on the Bus!

    June 20, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Thinkforyourself

    To K:
    Thanks for sharing your story. I agree with you 100%. If every conservative member of Congress would contract a nice long-term illness (pre-existing condition), perhaps compassion would win out. But until they can put themselves in someone elses shoes, they will continue to fight hard for the insurance companies like BC, not you or I.

    June 20, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. citizen9

    The networks and tv stations love it! See, the Pubbies can stimulate the economy.

    June 20, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Tony

    Wow, if the group has $6 million to spend on ads, maybe it can run an ad against insurance companies, who are trying to defeat the healthcare law so that many women would lose insurance coverage, and can't be patients of physicians like Dr. Ami Siems?

    June 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    WOW!! The leftists WAR ON WOMEN they don't agree with is in full swing here today!!

    June 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Bob

    GOP women are fools.

    June 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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