CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare
November 21st, 2013
09:35 AM ET
9 months ago

CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - It's a playbook on the bruising field of health care politics, complete with "x's and o's."

The House Republican strategy memo, entitled "Because of Obamacare... I lost my insurance," offers samples of talking points, social media, videos, digital flyers, op-eds, and a fact sheet for GOP lawmakers doing battle against the president's signature legislative achievement.

Read the playbook (PDF)

Obtained by CNN, and reported first by Roll Call, the playbook was released late last month. A Republican source who provided the strategy memo to CNN says it will be updated and released to GOP House members Thursday.

"The administration now has a serious competence problem. Healthcare.gov is so much more than a website. The website should have been the easy part," the playbook reads.

The disclosure of the memo, produced by the office of House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, comes amid a sustained Republican onslaught against the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama has noted the highly organized opposition to his signature legislative achievement.

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at a Wall Street Journal event with some of the nation's top CEO's Tuesday.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the GOP's "18 page playbook of partisan attacks is 18 pages longer than their health care plan."

"In the playbook, there’s not a single word devoted to helping constituents enroll or offering an alternative idea to help Americans gain access to quality, affordable care," he added.

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will continue to back the program.

"While Republicans continue to fixate on sabotaging health reform and root for failure, House Democrats will continue to stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act, work to strengthen the health reform law as implementation continues, and ensure that millions of uninsured Americans get coverage," Drew Hammill said in a statement.


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soundoff (386 Responses)
  1. current state of the union

    Bad thing to be right about, but the truth is what it is,the gop has offered zero to the people, we dont buy trickle down economics, so the have nothing other than blame the other guy, and how exactly do you lead with that mindset

    November 21, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    And the republican healthcare plan is . . . ? It would seem to me, that being so opposed to the current law (ACA) the republicans would actually have a plan of their own, but they have nothing other than buy insurance across state lines.

    November 21, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "President Obama has noted the highly organized opposition to his signature legislative achievement.

    “One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at a Wall Street Journal event with some of the nation's top CEO's Tuesday."

    Um, Obama? Do you think you could try a little bit harder to defend your signature domestic legislation? I'm glad you're "noting" the other party's 100% commitment to destroy both you and the ACA, but I gotta tellya brah, if you don't start fighting back harder, me, and millions like me, will just assume that you don't think the law is worth defending all that much. Then, see, we stop caring. Stop voting, too.

    Having impressed me with his fight against the shutdown extortion, the President has let me down again by caving into false narratives and offering to cripple the law he himself championed with the stupid "fix" proposal. I can't think I'm entirely alone in this opinion. I mean, what? - did the shutdown fight just exhaust the man? Why isn't he, and his team, gunning after the insurers who are actually dropping people, rather than acquiescing that the blame belongs entirely on his shoulders? "I'm sorry." - Pathetic.

    As Patton observed, Americans like winners. Obama is acting like a loser. Is it any wonder his numbers have dropped 10 points?

    November 21, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. Looks like CNN is going to continue to repeat its previous 6 week "Down With Obamacare" coverage.

    November 21, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Michael

    Exactley – one is governing by making legislation fail so they can get votes – Where is there plan ? BTW we all pay when someone goes to the ER gets treated and never pays there bill

    November 21, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Maybe the GOP can find those same RWNJs that appeared on Hannity's show. They were almost believable.

    November 21, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Hector Slagg

    CNN don't need no Playbook. The Liberal's opened Pandora's Box and ran right into Murphy's Law. The Hounds are loose.

    November 21, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Evergreen

    With Obamacare, insurance companies still run our healthcare system. How does the GOP plan change this. Do they intend to propose a single payer option. If only the GOP would focus less on talking points and more on solving problems.

    November 21, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. AC

    Sorry CCN, I'm more interested in Obama's Obamacare playbook.

    November 21, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Obtained by CNN, and reported first by Roll Call, the playbook was released late last month. A Republican source who provided the strategy memo to CNN says it will be updated and released to GOP House members Thursday."

    On another note, it isn't as if most Americans haven't already understood the GOP playbook of obstruction, dirty politics, and outright lying talking points. Its been going on within the GOP well before President Clinton took office.

    I am surprised, though, that CNN and other networks readily play along with the GOP talking points. If anything, this strategy has in recent years lowered viewer participation, not increased it.

    November 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    My suggestion is for the Dems to counter with a ""Because of Obamacare... I'm able to get insurance" pkaybook. My daughter volunteers to be the first to give testimony. She was born with a condition that was surgically corrected at birth, but there is always the possibility it could recur at any time. Once she turned 21 and was no longer on her dad's insurance, she couldn't get insurance at ANY price. With the passage of the ACA her dad was able to put her back on his insurance until her 26th birthday. She had to go 14 months without insurance until the ACA exchanges opened in October, but now has affordable care and will be able to see a doctor on a regular basis to ensure her condition doesn't become a life threatening catastrophe somewhere down the road.

    Would CNN make an attempt to obtain such a "playbook" from the Dems, or would they choose to continue to bury the good news stories because they don't get the clicks?

    November 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. TheSadTruth

    Totally predictable. The GOP stooges know only what they are told to think. Opposing the president on EVERY issue has been their plan since BEFORE day one. The TeaPublicans are a morally bankrupt, corporate-funded-fake-grass-roots organization that is destroying this country.

    November 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. ImvotingforHillary

    So where is their playbook on creating jobs and fixing the healthcare system?

    November 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Why would Republican lawmakers want to help a law they think is detrimental to our country? The notion is another vapid attack that only sounds like common sense.

    November 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Carl

    Wow! And to think CNN never had a playbook about Romney and the GOP.

    November 21, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. jinx9to88

    Funny how the GOP operates. Its like a game to them that kids play in the school yard. Why don't the spend this much effort on the unemployment rate? They all need to go in 2014!! Once this healthcare kicks in and is going good the GOP are doomed. Worthless bunch of people!!!

    November 21, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Max Bilen

    Obama lied, my health plan died.

    November 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Trey

    How about posting about the Democrat Playbook? The one that reads "The plans canceled were mostly junk plans" and "It is the insurance companies canceling the plans, not Obamacare" and the like... But sure, be more in the tank than ever before. Double Down!

    November 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Anonymous

    How cute of them. They are getting a lot of help from certain networks who tell only the stories of how this isn't working.

    There are some success stories, like someone said yesterday, that never get reported.

    So, this little handbook along with the rumored "blank sheet of paper entitled 'GOP 2014 Agenda' that Cantor
    gave to his little army, are their plans.................
    How nice of them to continue their obstruction and destruction of any attempt to help real Americans.
    The Kochs must be so proud.

    November 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. jinx9to88

    ""GOP's 35 page playbook of partisan attacks on ACA is 35 pages longer than their health care plan." LMAO, that is a true statement.

    November 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. I AM

    Oh..don't these guys ever work together to solve a problem...?

    November 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Robert

    So what? Good for them. The RATS have talking points for everything. Way to go CNN.

    November 21, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Golden Policy!

    Until the GoP comes up with a better plan to make healthcare affordable...NOTHING they say means squat.

    November 21, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Jim

    How can they do everything in their power to get ACA to fail and then complain when there are problems? This is ridiculous! They're not upset about the problems, they're celebrating!

    November 21, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Mack

    Not one alternative plan in their "play book". They need to feed this to their low information/ignorant base to secure their votes to help support their real agenda....tax cuts for their all ready obscenely wealthy donors. That's all they really care about.

    November 21, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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