Dem group uses health care ruling in House races
July 2nd, 2012
12:51 PM ET
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Dem group uses health care ruling in House races

(CNN) – The group charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives said Monday they were launching an effort to discredit Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will use live phone calls, along with automated calls, in 10 districts they regard as up for grabs in November's election.

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In one ad running in California's 7th Congressional District, the call links GOP Rep. Dan Lungren to the health insurance industry.

"Hi, this is Louise from the DCCC calling with a warning," the ad begins. "Congressman Lungren has gone Washington. After taking $122,600 from insurance companies, Congressman Dan Lungren wants to put insurance companies back in charge of our health care and let them deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease and cancer."

The ad concludes: "Congressman Dan Lungren is looking out for him and the big insurance corporations that fund his campaign, not the middle class."

Similar spots will air targeting California Rep. Mary Bono Mack; Illinois Reps Robert Dold, Judy Biggert and Bobby Schilling; Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; and New York Reps Nan Hayworth, Chris Gibson, and Anne Marie Buerkle.

The spot will also air in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, where Republican Rodney Davis will run against Democrat David Gill.

""Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and Congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel wrote in a statement.

Israel continued: "For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they're planning another vote to put insurance companies back in charge of our health care at the expense of middle class families and consumers."

Democrats would need to capture 25 seats currently held by Republicans in November to win back control of the lower chamber.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. terryrayc

    So when are the Dems going to send out ads that say "Yes we put in a MULTI-HUNDREDs of BILLION tax increase on the middle class and called it health care reform"?

    Even the SC said the only reason the Health Care Bill was legal was because it was a 600+ BILLION tax INCREASE.

    So when Obama got on TV and said "It's not a Tax" he was lying.....again.

    July 2, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. independent

    Go after them. Explain the bill. Describe the premium and cost savings. Describe how the soundbite politicians are distorting the facts. Describe how most Americans are not against this Program, rather, they want this or something even stronger.

    July 2, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans will counter with, "I know you taxpayers pay for my health care, and I am grateful. But not everyone should have what you have given me. If I vote for something that will help you, you know that big corporations are going to drop me like a hot potato, and I will get no campaign donations from the wealthy."

    July 2, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did you notice that Justice Roberts has a higher favorability rating than Mittens?

    July 2, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Phil Thomas

    This is the wrong fight for the RNC but it will be interesting to see how long it takes them to figure out this is the wrong side of the fence to be on. This is not a a complicated or nuanced debate, if your under 26 you get insurance, if you have a preexisting condition you get coverage, trust me its been a few years and people are tired of this topic

    July 2, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Chipster

    @terryrayc who said"
    "So when are the Dems going to send out ads that say "Yes we put in a MULTI-HUNDREDs of BILLION tax increase on the middle class...."
    The answer is "Never!" The penalty, allowed by the court under the powers to tax, will not result in a huge increase in cost to the middle class because most of them can afford and do purchase health insurance. In fact, no one will have to pay the penalty if those who can afford health insurance will simply purchase insurance instead of expecting taxpayers to pick up the tab when they need costly medical services. Do you get that? No one has to pay a penalty but they can CHOOSE to pay a penalty instead of purchasing insurance!

    July 2, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    terryrayc, the "tax" is really a penalty, and it's only for those deadbeats who refuse to take responsibility for their own medical needs and instead use the ER for the sniffles, then stick responsible Americans with the bill. Don't want to be subject to the penalty? Then get off the dole and take care of yourself!

    July 2, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @terryrayc – "a MULTI-HUNDREDs of BILLION tax increase on the middle class"
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    Are you using magic math? The "tax" only applies to those who are not covered by their employer plan, are not on medicare, are not covered by their spouses plan, AND irresponsibly choose not to get coverage for themselves. How many people is that going to be? Certainly not enough to total "MULTI-HUNDREDs of BILLION".

    Are you taking the entire cost of the plan and calling it a tax? If that's your logic, then how much was the middle class tax increase for the Bush/GOP Medicare Part D, or the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the war on terrorism, or the Bush tax cuts for the top 1%? Someone has to pay for all that, right? What would be the middle class tax increase from a reduction in the capital gains tax or elimination of estate taxes?

    July 2, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Sandy

    And Republicans said Democrats don't want to run on healthcare. LOL Why wouldn't they? They passed historic legislation that legislators have been trying to pass for nearly a century and the Republicans opposed it at every turn. They were caught on the wrong side of history once again.

    July 2, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. MiddleClassTax?!?!

    Please to explain how this results in a tax on the middle class? Since the provision in question only charges the penalty if you make over $200,000 single or $250,000 couple, and that is only if they don't have some sort of health care coverage. Further, the penalty is 1%.

    Sorry, but this isn't a 'new tax on the middle class', it's a 'new tax on the irresponsible'... best part? GOP has always been about personal responsibility. Well, if you make over $200K a year, and you're not being responsible, then it's your liability.

    July 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Wait, are these Democrats who say they are okay with the new Tax different from the Democrats already asking if they qualify for Subsidies because they want the government to pay their health insurance policy?

    July 2, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Jeettu

    Let us do one thing: Let all the people who don't like healthcare reform law and currently have any government related (paid, sponsored, executed, operational) insurance policy to just cancel that policy because they do not believe that the government should have anything to do with protecting our health. Then, let us see what happens. How many of you are willing to do this and still say you want to repeal the healthcare reform law. Let all these republicans who so oppose this law give up their diamond government provided healthcare policy because they don't want government to interfere in their lives.

    The fact is that medicare is the best run healthcare insurance policy as it has the least administrative costs of any healthcare insusrance policies including those by the best private ones. If we want to minimize costs, therefore, we should have all citizens be on the medicare policy. This may even may medicare solvent and solve the healthcare problem anyway.

    Republicans, therefore, are hypocrats: they want the benefits for themselves and not for the common person. They will lie and distort the facts to create fear in the minds of people to get their way. This is no way to run the country. Because of these reasons, we cannot elect them to the congress or let Romney be in the White House.

    July 2, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Myviewis

    Sandy

    And Republicans said Democrats don't want to run on healthcare. LOL Why wouldn't they? They passed historic legislation that legislators have been trying to pass for nearly a century and the Republicans opposed it at every turn. They were caught on the wrong side of history once again.
    ------------------------------------

    Luckily for Obama Governor Romney came with Romneycare giving Obama the foundation for him to change somethings in Romneycare and introduce Obamacare. Romneycare is the foundation of Obamacare. Hmmmm, Obama couldn't come up with his own original healthcare plan. How's that for a rude awakening to Democrats????

    July 2, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3bn (£1.9bn) in the largest health care fraud settlement in US history in a case concerning three drugs.

    And guess who the GOP is siding with ?

    BIG PHARMA !

    July 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. mctampa

    Good, its about time the dems start fighting these GOP lies and let people know who the ACA benefits them.

    July 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. CaliforniaBC

    It's about time!!

    And to those who have fallen for the claim that the ACA is multi-billion dollar tax hike on the middle class... do some research. The ONLY people who will have to pay the tax penalty for the mandate are those who can afford to buy insurance but refuse to. That amounts to less than 1% of the population and it's only about 2% of their income.

    Stand up Dems... the GOP have no basis for their misinformation.

    July 2, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Mikey

    @myviews – "are these Democrats who say they are okay with the new Tax different from the Democrats already asking if they qualify for Subsidies"
    **********************************************************
    Many of us, yes. I don't qualify for squat – not even for tax deductions or credits for my kid's college costs, even though we're paying for 100% of it. Many conservatives don't want to admit that most liberals support programs because they are the right thing to do, not because they want a freebee. But then, if you admitted that, you might have to take a hard look inside yourselves to see if you positions are not just the manifestation of extreme selfishness.

    BTW, "Obamacare" is not primarily Obama's plan. It was hatched in the Baccus Committee in the Senate by a bi-partisan committee. President Obama only embraced the GOP's individual mandate idea when it became part of the best compromise to get healthcare reform into law.

    July 2, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. ACK

    This "sorry" tea baggers need to get over it already. You know the health care law is a good law; taking care of the least among us.You are only angry because this president has achieved what other presidents including GOP presidents tried and failed, and that makes you so angry right? Well get over it. If it was a bad law, your conservative Supreme Court Justice Roberts would not have casted the winning vote. I think he is tired of the GOP and tea baggers hate speeches against this president and he decided to do the right thing for the country. OBAMA 2012.

    July 2, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |