DCCC launches ad campaign against House Republicans over health care
July 9th, 2012
09:17 AM ET
2 years ago

DCCC launches ad campaign against House Republicans over health care

(CNN) – The Democratic campaign arm for the U.S. House of Representatives released a series of new online ads Monday, attacking certain House Republicans over their opposition to the federal health care law.

The web videos come the same week the House is set to vote to repeal the law, which was passed in 2010 with Democratic support and ruled upheld by the Supreme Court last month.

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Pushed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the ads target seven House Republicans the group considers "vulnerable" in November. Democrats are aggressively trying to pick up 25 House seats this fall in order to take the House majority.

"House Republicans are sending an unmistakable message to voters that Republicans want to cut benefits for middle class families and protect insurance companies instead," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement. "The American people don't want more of these political stunts from Republicans to pander to special interests, they want action to strengthen the middle class and create jobs."

The ads urge viewers to contact their representatives and tell them not to vote to repeal the law. In the ad targeting Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California, for example, the narrator introduces a character named "Carla," who received a breast cancer screening that ultimately "saved her life."

"Carla doesn't know that her Congresswoman Bono Mack may vote to repeal the law that added preventative coverage to Medicare," the narrator says. "Your member of Congress may vote to repeal important health care benefits for everyday Americans. But she protected 'generous' health plans for Congress at taxpayer expense."

The ad concludes with a call to action: "Tell Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack: She shouldn't repeal our benefits if she wants to keep hers."

House Republicans, however, have long insisted they would press for a vote to repeal the law if the Supreme Court ruled in its favor.

Responding to the Supreme Court's decision, House Speaker John Boehner vowed to continue to work towards a full repeal. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday, a move it has taken multiple times since 2010 but Republicans have made no headway in their effort under the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry," Boehner said last week on CBS. "The American people do not want to go down this path. They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don't like it we're going to tax you. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over."

The DCCC's counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, responded to the new ad roll-out on Monday.

“It’s refreshing that Democrats are doing our work for us this week by reiterating their support for ObamaCare and the massive middle-class tax increase that comes with it. Maybe next time they will actually spend money on ads that highlight the bill’s $500 billion in cuts to Medicare or its burdensome regulations that are preventing small business’ from hiring,” said Paul Lindsay, the group's communications director, in a statement.

In addition to Rep. Mack, the ads will target the following Republican lawmakers:

Rep. Dan Lungren of California's 7th District
Rep. Bob Dold of Illinois' 10th District
Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois' 11th District
Rep. Bobby Schilling of Illinois' 17th District
Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York's 18th District
Rep. Chris Gibson of New York's 19th District

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • DCCC • Health care • House
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. demwit

    Is this the same group that promised not to tax the middle class??

    July 9, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. J

    As a middleclass American, I DO NOT WANT JOHN BOEHNER SPEAKING FOR ME!

    July 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Boehner never said what he'll replace it with. He kept saying with "common sense reforms." Translation: we are not replacing it with anything.

    July 9, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Darryl

    After over 40 years of all the Presidents prior to Pres.Obama we have been in desperate need of this Health Care solved.President Obama has solved the problem and now everybody will have Health Care period. If the Govenors,Senators ect don't comply and reject Obama Care then they need to get out of Office and go do something else for a living.To denie anyone health coverage is not going to happen anymore.Health Care is NOT only for the wealthy but now it is for everyone as it should be. The same concept applies to Taxes, Everyone should pay their FAIR share of taxes, that includes the wealthy.It's time this country comes to grips with EQUALITY.

    July 9, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. CB FL

    When your congress person has a town hall someone should ask if they have read the bill or can they only give there parties talking points. Most are to busy fund raising to be concerned about the middle class. They worry more about there job than yours.

    July 9, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. matt

    They need to go after Lee Terry From Nebraska. He is nothing more than a puppet of the Republicans. He needs to go. He does not represent the hard working tax payers from Nebraska. Let them have to go out and buy their own insurance and live off of Social Security. No perks no nothing. When you are done serving your term or terms go home and get a job and wait till you are 67 to retire. See how well that suits you. Congress shall pass no law or provisions that they do not have to live buy. If they had to do that they might understand what the middle class is going thru these days.

    July 9, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Winning

    "The American people do not want to go down this path. They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don't like it we're going to tax you. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over."

    You're right, Mr. Speaker, the American people don't want that. To bad for your argument, then, that the ACA doesn't do any of those things. Is anyone in your party even capable of arguing a position based on facts instead of made-up nonsense, half-truths, or (as in this case) outright lies?

    July 9, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    You'd think that the GOP would say what they are planning on putting in place before repealing the ACA. I haven't heard anything. Hasn't the OMB said that repealing the ACA would increase the amount that the country owes?

    July 9, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. ghost

    We should be talking about Felony prosecution of all house and senate republicans for High Treason for what they have done and is still doing to this country. TREASON!!!

    July 9, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. King

    why repubs always have to fight against stuff that benefit the American people. they claimed that Obama took 2 years to implement obamacare, and didn't spend any time on creating jobs, yet they want to repeal and replace, and spend even longer time on healthcare than they claim Obama did. hyprocricy is like a cold smooth beer to these hateful zealots. if American really think that, a repubs run country will look out for the unfortunates, that has a hard time voting because they require them to have a drivers licence, has allowed themselves to be more gullonlelized by the repubs party than I first thought.

    July 9, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Craig from LA

    More lies from republicans – "massive middle-class tax increase ". There is NO tax increase on anyone, EXCEPT those that choose to FREELOAD and expect the rest of us to pay for them. If you have insurance now, NO taxes. On Medicare, NO taxes. There is no 'middle class tax'! The 'tax' is voluntary and we can expect based on Romney's Massachusetts model that less than 1% of people will choose to freeload. I say, let them pay the penalty. The cost-shifting to pay for uncompensated care MUST stop.

    July 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    The irony with the DNC strategy here is that in yet another obvious attempt to take the conversation away from Jobs and The Economy, they open a can of worms trying to talk about ObamaCare.

    Here's the point they miss on ObamaCare. Republicans agree with universal healthcare objectives. The nominee Mitt Romney implemented universal healthcare in his state when he was governor. But the whole problem with ObamaCare is that it is a lousy deal for America just when the nation can't afford another lousy deal. The cost has already doubled. This product of partisan back room political deals sacrifices cost and quality of care for access. We can do better and we will. It's not difficult.

    July 9, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Michael

    Repuglican hypocrisy is at an all-time high in America! Mitt signs into law a healthcare mandate, now he say it's unconstitutional and demands repeal of a Healthcare plan he was the "father" of and similarly implemented in Massachusetts! Repuglican spin machine wants this to a non-issue, like the, evaporation of 5 trillion surplus, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 800,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression when President Obama took office! Repuglican spin is that this economy belongs to Obama! Well, when this country is out of the recession started under George Bush, I will agree! Until then, President Obama is still cleaning up repuglican mess of 6 years total control and 8 years Presidential control, whose policies and spending hit our economic structure, like the iceberg that struck the Titanic! Now, these same repuglican "Talking Heads" who sponsored, voted and defended these disastrous policies, want the "Keys" back too the car, because it’s been fixed up and is in running condition, "not perfect" just good enough so they can finish what they started! Well, I will not let the American people forget what they took 8 years to do, to this country! Just as Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett shouted "remember the Alamo" in Texas, I now shout "Remember what those eight years under George Bush and Repulican policies did to this country!" If President Obama had taken over with a economy, like what Clinton left Bush, Bush's economy would not even be applicable to the conversation! Out of 14 recessions including the Great Depression, 13 were started under a repuglican President, a democrat had to clean up the mess!

    July 9, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. rs

    This campaign makes sense, except to Republicans that is. See, long ago, Republicans stopped seeing actual people with actual problems. They just see games, games for winning. Republicans don't care about actual Americans any more. Quoting Mr. Romney: "I don't worry about the poor". So true. He only worries about himself and the other. 1% just like him.

    July 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Dave

    I wonder if the ad will mention that it is a tax, but really isn't a tax?

    July 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. hermes96

    And All of these Congress members already get a great deal on their Health Insurance..

    We need to take the "For-Profit" out of our Health Insurance...Why are we all paying for several Health Insurance Company's huge salaries for their CEO's and top managers..and still paying for the yearly bonus to the claims agent in each company that denies the most clams and saves the company the most money....

    July 9, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. enuff

    These congresspeople obviously do not know what it is like to be told they have to show up with $1000 cash at a first appointment for a preventative procedure even when you HAVE insurance. the insurance company says they won't cover it until age 50 and I'm age 49 with a history of medical problems. I bet their insurance (paid for by TAXPAYERS) doesn't say no to them. if they try to take away what little ground has been gained against the insurance comapnies, these candidates need to lose their jobs.

    July 9, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Pete

    Republicans are scared that once Obamacare is truely active people will rejoice on why it took so long for something as beneficial as this for citizens to come along.They know they've nevered done anything but obstruct citizens benefits going back to the inception of SocialSecurity by Pres.Roosevelt on the 30' s and republicans back there too balked at that idea calling it welfare for everyone.LBJ in 1965,with Medicare,Medicaid and civil rights further helped the middleclass,poor citizen with republicans again in majority trying to block the way saying these bills will never stand the test of time,another fact they can't escape from .Just more nails in the republicans coffin further showing why republicans shouldn't be allowed as a party to exist,they're not for the people never have ,never will , only minions to the wealthy and those corporations they benefit themselves from...

    July 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. tv22

    Too bad Republicans are for all those things, just not the individual mandate.

    July 9, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    Here we go again Republicans talking as though the whole country agrees with you ( repeal PPACA) they dont at least not according to CNNpolls. You are quite happy to waste time trying to repeal something that got 60 votes in the senate to get it passed & it all passed the house(QED our checks and balances and procedural rules house and senate. The president signed, and numerous states appealed the law and lost. And in the major collection of state court applications pending the SCOTUS has bashed your main argument that it was'nt constitional ( ( QED not unconstitutional).
    Open letter to my dear House Republican representatives all and Senate Republicans all. Will you please start trying to fulfill your 2010 pledges to the voters not just MR Norquist by doing something real about;-
    JOBS JOBS JOBS NOW PLEASE, not 2/3 years down the line ( maybe more ) of comprehensive tax reform which is your claimed main job creator; ( I have my doubts in the current recessional environment globally) and it did not work Under BUSH II
    BUDGET DEFICIT AND DEBT. THERE IS A BIG CLIFF COMING HERE. Sitting back and doing nothing for electioneering purposes by either side fails, but probally voter wise hurts Republicans more than Dems
    This can only be fixed, and anyone with any kind of brain knows, it has to be a combination of Tax hikes or loophole closing or both and also spending and entitllement cuts in a reasonable way.
    With time so short both sides need to look at a compromise with Simpson Bowles as the starting point.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 9, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Gop is a cult. It is a penalty not tax. Whatever it is this nation needs this law.

    July 9, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. will rogers

    I am troubled that the Democratic party has not explained the penalty on non enrollement to ACA in this fashion.Medicare part b and part d both have penalties for late enrollment.thus precedent has been set on a National health plan.Also 18/29 voting fervor has waned since 08.explain to this group the ACA lets you stay on parents plan until their 26,you now have 4 or 5 years to pay down collage debt before paying ACA premiums

    July 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |