Conservative group still sick over Obamacare
July 31st, 2013
03:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative group still sick over Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – A conservative group which has led the opposition to Obamacare is taking to the airwaves with its largest buy of the year emphasizing some of the questions surrounding the implementation of the health care reform initiative.

In its new spot, Americans for Prosperity features a family physician Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher saying into the camera "Obamacare has me worried." She goes on to say in the commercial beginning to air Wednesday "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?" The commercial ends with the doctor stating "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."

The buy for the commercial is seven figures, and it will air in Ohio and Virginia as well as several others for one week.

"Doctors" is the second spot in a series of ads being launched by the group. Both those in favor and opposed to the health care reform initiative are planning efforts over the upcoming congressional recess as October approaches – that is the time when people can start enrolling in the new health care exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.

The White House has intensified its efforts at promoting the enrollment of millions of Americans who don't currently have health care, especially encouraging younger people, who are usually more healthy, as well as trying to publicize information about the reforms and the benefits already seen. Administration officials have said a majority of Americans will not be affected with the new exchanges because they get health care through employers.

Asked in a New York Times interview published over the weekend about how he was going to build support for Obamacare, President Obama said "We're going to implement it."

During his meeting with House Democrats, the new law and some of the benefits were discussed, according to a senior House Democratic aide.

"We are absolutely interested in making sure" members of Congress and the American people have information to answer the critics, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. truth hurts but reality bites

    It is costing twice (and climbing) as much as they said it would.
    It is insuring millions less than they said it would.
    It will result in millions losing their current insurance and doctors when Obama said it wouldn't.
    The long term care portion of it that was supposed to "save" billions was deemed impossible to implement, and dropped.
    The taxes on medical devices were repealed by BOTH Democrats and Republicans because it would have cost thousands of jobs.

    What ACA is, is an ummitgated disaster and it hasn't even started in full force yet. Then it will become painfully obvious to the American people just what the Democrats and their far left President did to them and their healthcare system.

    And now even the Obama/Democrat unions are attacking Obamacare and demanding it be fixed because they say it threatens to destroy middle class workers, their members.

    Train wreck isn't even goin gto begin to describe Obamacare.

    July 31, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    If I were Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher's patient, I'd be looking for a new doctor. That she chooses to remain obtuse about "Obamacare" is her choice, but patients with more than two active brain cells know and deserve better.

    July 31, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Yawn. Gotta love their deliberate use of one of "them" as the patient depicted in the commercial. Is that their idea of "outreach"?

    July 31, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. I'm NOT a liberal

    Democrats whined that Obamacare didn't need government funding yet they whine about republicans not funding it.

    When will the democrat lies end?

    July 31, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government insurance company be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated insurance company system or helping people get well? What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice due to low insurance company reimbursements? I think there are still a lot of questions about why we still have insurance companies with 30-35% profit margins gouging us."

    July 31, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    What is the Repub. plan to replace Obamcare ?

    July 31, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. CB FL

    These people are really afraid that when most Americans find out how good the ACA is they will never be able to stop it.

    July 31, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Tom

    Blah, blah, blah. No Republican has ever proposed a credible alternative to the Affordable Care Act or made a thoughtful suggestion for how to improve the current law. Just ignoring the health care crisis in America is not a viable options. Until Republicans stop being "worried" about Obamacare and start offering meaningful proposals, the constant whining is just noise.

    July 31, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Betone

    Conservative? They've got one agenda, and one only. That agenda is to make the rich richer, and you and me their slaves.

    July 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Lisa P.

    I guess Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher lives in some charmed land where she never is forced to choose a course of treatment based on whether or not her patient has insurance, or what the insurance company will pay for. Perhaps somewhere in Europe? Or elsewhere in the civilized universal coverage world?

    July 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?"
    ------------------
    Fear factor and scare tactics again. You have the same problems, times ten, with private insurers. It's Medicare for crying out loud. It's not that complicated, and it's not what some on the right are making it out to be. Consider the flip side of what they are saying. Instead of Medicare employees making the choices, they want to stick with the existing condition of a profit motivated, private insurer making "medical" decisions for you.

    Hey, how soon will that group be coming out with its' ads discouraging people from signing up for Obamacare?

    July 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Interesting spokesperson, this Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher. I just looked her up on the Healthgrades website and the likelihood of someone recommendation her was below the national average.

    Other areas below the national average include:

    Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc., Staff friendliness and courteousness, Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms), Level of trust in provider's decisions, and How well provider explains medical condition(s).

    It looks like she listens well and you can make an appointment easily (these were above the national average). What came in at "same as national average" was "Spends appropriate amount of time with patients."

    Sounds like Dr. Gallagher's patients have a lot more to worry about than Obamacare ...

    July 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. quinLee

    "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things?
    Answer: Insurance companies are already deciding what care you receive. Ex. Just this year, my wife needed a CT scan. Since she had one six months earlier, the freaking doctor had to verify with our insurance company to see if they would cover the 900.00 procedure.

    “Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?"
    Answer: Insurance companies and cash strapped healthcare systems have already focused more on cost at the expense of quality. They negotiated lower and lower fees for doctors, who slashed the time spent with patients to fit more of them into a day.

    "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."
    Answer: Ask the GOP governors that are refusing ObamaCare funding while hospitals and clinics are already struggling to survive.

    July 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. tiscali.it

    Americans for Prosperity = Koch Brothers

    July 31, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Jules

    Can the doctor still work with patients – of course, if they are so inclined to do so. Pay somebody some big bucks and they will say anything. This idea that there are going to be these panels deciding every individual case is just nonsense. Think about it people – really!

    July 31, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. tiscali.it

    Obamacare = Republican plan signed by Mitt Romney is Mass... so what is prob GOP?

    July 31, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. kayla

    i've learned when the repugs don't like something, it's because it is good for us. but when they like something it is good for their rich donors.

    July 31, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Larry in Houston

    @Sonny Chapman . . . the replacement is : YoYo –
    (Your On Your Own)
    If they get in office . . . then the chips will fall where they may . . .
    1) only the rich will afford it
    2) everybody else will be in the E.R. and waiting, & waiting . . .
    3) who will be the ones who will eventually pay for the health care , when you don't have enough money to pay for the high cost ? answer : the people who makes over 200K per yr, per household, period.
    Bottom Line : we will see, when 2016 rolls around . . . If the republicans want to get voted in office, and I don't have a problem voting for a republican, but the trouble is this : Is There one out there ? to really address the middle class Issues ?? Other than constantly ranting & raving about / the gays / lesbians / womens issues / abortion issues / womens rights / immigration issues / race issues / if they keep on the same track they have been going on, they are most likely to lose the next presidential election, no doubt about it. There has to be some republican out there, who is actually for the American People, & to bring down the debt. . surely. . . .

    July 31, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Sandy

    "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things?
    __________

    You mean like the restrictions to abortions that republicans are passing that puts government in the middle of decisions that should be made by a woman and her doctor? Is that what you mean?

    July 31, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    Bobby Jindal said it best. The party of stupid. Still trying to repeal the ACA and Roe vs Wade. But absolutely nothing to help the economy. They really are trying to put us back into slavery.......

    July 31, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher is worried the Affordable Care Act will hit her bottom line net worth.

    She could care less about patient care , "Americans for Prosperity not quality of life ".

    July 31, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    According to her rating by patients, she is a bit below the national average in office cleanliness, below in having a courteous staff, etc. This makes her the perfect spokes doctor for wingnuts.

    July 31, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. tom l

    @Sniffit

    Yawn. Gotta love their deliberate use of one of "them" as the patient depicted in the commercial. Is that their idea of "outreach"?

    I'm just curious what you mean by "them". I don't get it. The only reason I think I know what you mean is because if it's a Sniffit comment, then it must have something to do with race. I think you're projecting alot. You probably have a lot of pent up and latent racism in you and you're trying to hide it. That's the only possible explanation.

    July 31, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Jesus

    Maybe

    Maybe if that republican group actually would have supported a "single payer system" (the only system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices), then they wouldn't have to worry about Obamacare. But since the republicans (note – I didn't say conservatives because since WHEN has a a republican EVER been a conservative) came up with NOTHING, we have Obamacare. I blame the republicans for doing .........NOTHING as usual.

    ______________________________________________

    The ACA was the conservative alternative to Single Payer. If one look at it without the talking points blinding them, it is a conservative idea – no one gets a free ride and must pay into the system. The leading republican in the last election (Romney) implemented it in his State and people love it. It suddenly became something they did not like becuase the current POTUS suggested it. Too funny!

    July 31, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    Why doesn't Obama get Bob Dole's permission to rename the law,"The Bob Dole Personal Responsibility Health Care Act", get Congress to pass the renaming as a Joint Congressional Resolution & then spend the next 5 yrs. working out the bugs ? Hell, throw Nixon's name in there. Mitt Romney's name too.

    July 31, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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