First on CNN: Health care confusion gives GOP fodder for Senate campaign ads
October 30th, 2013
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First on CNN: Health care confusion gives GOP fodder for Senate campaign ads

Washington (CNN) – Starting Wednesday, Republicans will start hitting Democrats on the campaign trail with the same criticism they've leveled at President Barack Obama in the past few days: "false promises" when it comes to health care.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to release ads highlighting discrepancies over what voters were promised the Affordable Care Act would offer.

"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan," the president repeated in speeches and weekly addresses in the run-up to Congress passing the bill in 2010.

However, an insurance industry source told CNN on Monday that the vast majority of Americans who have purchased coverage on the individual market will find their policies changed or even canceled under Obamacare rules.

On Capitol Hill, a top House Democrat told reporters on Tuesday that his party "should have been more precise" when making the pledge about people keeping coverage they liked. "I think preciseness would have been better," said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Precise or not, having Democratic opponents who knew that not everyone would be able to keep their insurance and yet promised they would might make easy material for their opponents in the 2014 elections.

With a number of Senate seats up for grabs, these ads could make the difference for voters grappling with a confusing health care system that, so far, has offered more questions than answers.

Some of the upcoming Senate seat races the NRSC has its eye on include Rep. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, who is running to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who narrowly beat Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and faces a tough re-election.

Targets also include:

– Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, considered one of the more vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year

– Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, in a state that's turning increasingly red.

– Sen. Mark Pryor, D- Arkansas, facing a tough re-election battle against popular Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

The NRSC also plans to target Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the chamber; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire; and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, who are also up for re-election next year.

CNN's Cassie Spodak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Obamas healthcare law could blow up and fail and I still would vote AGAINEST the incompetent GOP teaparty for their 24 billion dallar loss to our countries economy. They have fought AGAINEST economic progress for over five years and have accomplished NOTHING for the American people, kick this GOP trash out of office ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, quite simple.

    October 30, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that there has been nothing to show as an alternative. Where is it because I won't support removing this law until I start hearing about the alternative.

    Unless people are going to go with a single payer system like many of the other industrialized world which could help our companies here compete, then we need the very wealthy (top 2% or so) for a non-profit medical insurance company that covers all the poor and and anyone else that wants health insurance (or those on governmental health insurance programs). If that were to be done, then we would have less the government is doing. Isn't that what conservatives want?

    October 30, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  4. tom l

    To those that keep spewing the talking point that only those that have individual policies are being affected by the ACA, that is an absolutely incorrect statement. I work for the largest media company in the United States and they completely eliminated the plan that I had as one of our choices. I am now in a low premium, higher deductible plan with an HSA. Awesome. The exact opposite of what I like and what I wanted. Please stop making things up and continuing to spew that lie. Maybe I need some of that encryption stuff that Data and Rudy were talking about to make me feel better because I am not sick to my stomach.

    October 30, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  5. cumulus

    As much as I don't like the ACA so far, I'm not foolish enough to think the gop has anything to offer but another crash in the economy and tax breaks for the rich, to be offset by tax hikes for the rest? The inequality is rampant, and getting worse quickly with every new Republican initiative, only the rich benefit every single time with them, just can't do it no matter how bad the aca seems

    October 30, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    As the first black baseball player in the majors, I wonder if Jackie Robinson had to put up with as much crap from right wing bigots as our first black president is dealing with. Republicans shut down government, burn $24 billion in two weeks, and added trillions to our debt with wars, bank bailouts, and tax cuts. Now they are running to ensure their will be no affordable health care.

    October 30, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    The republicans ran on death panels and other lies. You can keep own your plan if it actually insures you, can't kick you off for getting sick, and does not have caps.

    October 30, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. jinx9to88

    GOP will do anything to get the American people off the shutdown discussion that was caused by the GOP. Sunds like Benghazi is starting up again after it was proven this Admin was not at fault. Only 13 embassies were attacked under Bush, where was the outcry from the GOP. Weren't those 50+ American lives lost not important enough? Hypocrites.

    October 30, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Republicans are a colossal failure. Everything they have done to destroy should get them jail time.

    October 30, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. Scott

    So the republicans were right all along. Seems Americans will lose there current healtcare and be forced into Goverment Healthcare. Just another way Obama is screwing the people over. Never have I seen a President that is so against the people and this country. Add this with the spying scandle where half the world is mad at Obama and this country. Obama destroying the United States one person at a time. Time for impeachment, get the bum out of office.

    October 30, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. MaryM

    Sorry GOPers, you shutting down the government and you costing the American people 24 BILLION dollars will NOT go un noticed by the American people.

    October 30, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. cumulus

    Ahh, the gop specialty, making fodder, George bush made cannon fodder out of 4400 American patriots, nit to mention the twin towers, 13 attacks on embassies and consolates . Not good at helping America out of the mess they made, what level of maturity are they displaying when they won't help clean up their mess, furthermore obstruct any and all efforts to fix? No, you can scream benghazi till your blue in the face, and wave your Confederate flags til your arms fall off, I'm not drinking your koolaid

    October 30, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    I have no doubt that the ads will overreach and exaggerate to the point that there will be more lies than truth in them.

    October 30, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    The republican plan is, if you get sick, you die. They have no other plan than to pick up big campaign donations from the companies who gave us runaway premium costs. Republicans, and other lower life forms, will do everything they can to hurt our country and our citizens.

    October 30, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. Name

    Their lies will work on the uneducated people because they don't know how to check the facts so they only hear their news from fox news and rush,how many times we been hearing this from republicans every election time like they did in 2010 about jobs but when they got elected the only bill that came from them was abortion never put any job bills out of their chamber

    October 30, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. the hippies were right

    Healthcare confusion to be used against Democratic senators. "you can keep your current insurance" affects 5% of the population and at this point is only an assumption. It hasn't happened to all 5% and might and might not happen. Also, "Obamacare is doing fine, it's the enrollment website that is having problems. These "Obamacare" issues are nothing compared to the republican broken promises of "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!", and wasting $24 billion in a game that didn't need to be played. Every ad discrediting these democratic senators should be countered with ads comparing the costs and benefits of the ACA to the cost and benefits of the shutdown game instigated by the right. I can only shake my head in disbelief at the ignorance of the people who can't see these facts. The right has dumbed-down their sheep to the point of insanity!

    October 30, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. W.G.

    When Soc. Sec. first started , there were glitches . When Medicaid started , there were glitches .
    The republicans were opposed to both programs even Reagen made a recording when he was
    just a conservative activist then later on rolled over in the classic way republicans do and made it
    even bigger . The thing was when it became law the republicans would move on to the next fight .
    Why are they now so persistant in their endever to cheat Americans out of affordable insurance .
    Maybe because they know it will be a success and they can´t stand for our President to score
    yet another victory despite the fact he´s had so many victories with one hand tied behind his back
    by the republicans . The GOP and their beliefs are just simply wrong for our Country and this Planet .

    October 30, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Data Driven

    Speaking of coverage, this network is going to have to do better. "However, an insurance industry source told CNN " ... really? One anonymous source, doubtless from the individual market industry, is a rather flimsy source to base your reports on, CNN. You're going to have to actually report on this issue: investigate, run stats, study the law. Do you dare to do it? Do you dare to inform the public?

    Because I've been reading elsewhere that your reporting on this subject has been inaccurate. Cuidado, CNN.

    October 30, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Leave it to the GOP to run on a non issue.

    October 30, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. tom l

    @Data and Rudy,
    Since you like to tell the truth and not make up information, please note, as I stated before, that my insurance plan (and I work for the largest media company in the United States with over 850 radio stations) was completely changed and my options were reduced. In fact, the plan I had and really liked, is gone. Poof. It was absolutely taken away due to the ACA. Now I have an HSA and a lower premium with a much higher deductible.

    October 30, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Stuffit

    Right now the discussion is about the website and the regimes lis, wait until everyone realizes what thy did to Medicare Advantage. The liberals are doomed.

    October 30, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |