CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare
November 21st, 2013
09:35 AM ET
8 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. bluesjordan

    This is the news? Just wondering when we get to see the CNN playbook.

    November 21, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. sly

    Reports out today that the Republicans stole their playbook from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Or was it the Utah Jazz?

    November 21, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. CryBabies

    @ Mark Adams...Its not just republicans crying now! Now we can say, "We told you so" But Noooooooo, the dimwitted, arrogant Democratic party had all the answers. Now, we all absorb the problem THEY created!

    November 21, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Norm

    DS states Obama Care is something the majority of americans want and need is a fallacy. What most Americans want and need is affordable health insurance. Obama Care fails at addressing this. The GOP stated when Obama Care was being rammed through that Government has been good at putting together a total compressive package like this, so why not look at solving one issue at a time. How about let's get costs under control. Take a look at the cost of Doctors to get malpractice insurance. That has never been looked at because most politicians are lawyers and they would get no support for that from the lobbyist which pay the freight of keeping them in office.

    November 21, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. freedom

    Obamacare has sabotaged itself.

    November 21, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. dave

    what earth shattering news... This is done on every bill ever produced by both sides... dugh

    November 21, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Steffan

    The failures of Obamacare squarely sit on the shoulders of the GOP. If Republicans had been supportive of providing Americans with better health insurance options from the beginning, things would have gone much smoother.

    November 21, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Norm

    I meant to say Government has not been good at a comprehensive package.

    November 21, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Florida Voter

    Why is this a surprise to CNN? The GOP SHOULD be targeting the disaster that is Obamacare, a bill that should never have been passed in the first place. I'd be upset if the Republicans WEREN'T going after the government takeover of health care.

    November 21, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Solomon Walker

    Not just the Democrats – many incumbants that are liking their excessive salaries with little actual work.

    Impeach all.

    Clean out the Senate of the United States of corruption, impeach Mr. Obama, and fire or prosecute all that have engaged in criminal acts.

    They are destroying what our founding fathers established.

    The entirety of it is not short of treason against the security of the sovereign people of the United States.

    November 21, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. ChuckChucklesAgain

    The Republicans are too busy getting to the truth in IRS targets Obama's enemies, Benghazi, Keeping an eye on The Associated Press, Rosengate, Potential Holder perjury (in the first case with Rosengate), The ATF "Fast and Furious" scheme, Potential Holder perjury II (the ATF) , Sebelius demands payment (Her shaking down companies for donations to aovid HHS regs) , the GSA gone wild (remember the Vegas boondoggles?) , Solyndra, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (or should I call her "Richard Windsor" ? , The New Black Panthers (back to Eric Holder again) , Waging war all by myself (who can forget the near drive by shooting of Syria)....

    Shall I go on????

    November 21, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Jim Jimson

    of course, if Obama and his cronies had somehow managed to release a working web site there wouldn't be any playbook would there? Oh, no, that's too simple obviously

    November 21, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Ratt

    Well, if the Republicans are invested in failure for ObamaCare then the Democrats have achieved failure.

    November 21, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. SamT

    "In the playbook, there’s not a single word devoted to helping constituents enroll..."

    I suppose the fact that it's unconstitutional for gov't to have a role in healthcare is one reason. This is not a repub/demo/liberal/conservative/left/right issue, this is a sustained attack on the Constitution. With all their problems, at least Repubs are trying to stop the Socialist onslaught.

    November 21, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Enough is Enough

    What's your point @ChuckChucklesAgain? You make it sound as though there are scandals within the Obama administration – that is not true!! The Democrats have told us time and time again that there is nothing to any of that – and the never lie....PERIOD!

    November 21, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. ChuckChucklesAgain

    Wait, wait...the Dems are NOW asking for help on a far left based architecture for health care reform? From the GOP?

    Ha ha ha, funny one!

    Is this the same Dem party that passed the ACA in 2010, in December just before Christmas, in the middle of the night, when no one was looking, without a single vote from the GOP?

    The same Dem party that never read their own bill? The same Dem party that said you had to wait until AFTER the bill was passed and was enacted to find out what was in it?

    Hilarious !!!

    November 21, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Data Driven

    @SamT,

    "I suppose the fact that it's unconstitutional for gov't to have a role in healthcare is one reason."

    Prove?

    November 21, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. skytag

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

    I've looked at the Republicans' American Health Care Reform Act and Schultz is correct.

    Eighteen pages is also shorter than The Language of Healthcare 2009, a 28-page Republican guide to turning people against the ACA while it was being written.

    November 21, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Praisethelard

    Solution? Move to Canada!

    November 21, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. bill moyers

    OMG, a political party has a strategy point out flaws with legislation they don't support?!? If only Obama and the Democrats had a strategy to effectively re-vamp our entire healthcare system and actually keep their promises!

    November 21, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. JJ236

    obamacare is the biggest incompetent move ever done by the US government. The libbies still refuse to recognize that the longer this continues the worse it will get.

    November 21, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. OBG

    "Steffan
    The failures of Obamacare squarely sit on the shoulders of the GOP. If Republicans had been supportive of providing Americans with better health insurance options from the beginning, things would have gone much smoother."

    It's hard to believe, but there are people who actually believe that statement.

    It doesn't matter what actually happens, they will beleive all of the lies coming from the WH and Democrats.

    November 21, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Pppa

    @Steffan
    Obama came in with a Dem majority in BOTH houses. His "signature legislation" resulted in eroding that advantage – erosion that continues to this day...

    November 21, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Linda

    Hardly unconstitutional SamT. Ask your friend John Roberts about that.

    November 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. surfsock1

    CNN? Are you biased? Why don't you like the idea of fair journalism? When did you sell out?

    November 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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