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

    TimmyG
    For all of those against the ACA, I wonder how many of you plan to draw Social Security checks? Do any of you plan to use Medicare when you turn 65?? If you are against the ACA, then maybe you should consider returning your Social Security and Medicare checks.
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    What does ANY of this have to do with the Obamacare disaster??? NOTHING. Why do the lefties keep throwing out red herring after red herring to deflect from the reality and disaster of the problem at hand, OBAMACARE.

    BTW, the government stole thousands of dollars from me for SS and Medicare so I certainly intend on getting it back. They refuse to give me the chance of opting out, which I would have gladly taken.

    November 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Bubba Ray

    Has the GOP ever offered any constructive suggestions that would help the poor and middle class? Or are they just working for the rich and the corporations?

    November 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Big_D

    GOP are experts at making government not work while they are out of control and wasteful when they are.

    November 21, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Vern

    The reason Republicans haven't been able to gain traction on this issue, even while the President's approval ratings have gone down because of this issue is that they have nothing to offer as a counter to ACA. They don't WANT to offer anything, because they are against any plan that heads towards universal health care. The poor and those without insurance aren't their constituents-their constituents are the wealthy and powerful, and they have insurance.

    If the GOP had any viable alternative, they might get a sympathetic hearing from the American people. But they don't. The GOP hasn't had an idea beyond "no new taxes" since Ronald Reagan came into office. In a decade, when ACA is commonplace, people will look back shake their heads over the scorched earth policy of the GOP.

    November 21, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, and I've been saying this for a long time...Obamacare will end up defeating the Democrats, in 2014 ....

    November 21, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Jason

    You don't need to sabotage Obamacare... they did that job just perfectly well on their own.

    Just wait until the website still doesn't fully function at the end of Nov and all of those people who were supposed to be signing up for 2 months are compressed into a 2wk window signup period in order to get coverage starting Jan 1.

    November 21, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. humtake

    "“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."

    That's been the problem for 40 years...longer probably but that was before I was alive. Whoever the party in power is, the other side is invested in making sure that party looks bad. It's not going to change when everyone is so concerned that the only thing that gets done in this country is what each individual thinks is best. Until we start choosing what is best for the country, we will never improve.

    November 21, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. danicalifornia

    Norm, you're right – so one of the things we need to deal with is the culture of the lobbyists and the Congress. Where's the press? Sadly, they have no credibility either.

    November 21, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Eagle08432

    So it is a surprise that any party has a plan on any issue, including ACA? It is obvious Obama had no plan when he inflicted this joke on the American people. Obama is now a laughing stock and yet the lap dog media deflect. Priceless!

    November 21, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. ProudDem

    Seriously SamT, there wasn't any such thing as health insurance when the constitution was written. That something is not mentioned in the constitution does not mean it's unconstitutional. You guys view it like it's a holy scripture. It's a founding document about government written by men more than 200 years ago.

    November 21, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Swedge70

    “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."
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    Fantastic quotes. I hope someday the GOP can be honest with us about this issue. I won't be holding my breath, though.

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

    Do you all think that Republicans have plan??? No... There is a proverb
    "if we give more – why we have to give more, if we give less – why we have less" – That is what happening today for healthcare. It is impossible to satisfy everyone... Instead of pouring hatred comments, think yourself... Obama's concept is very good 'give healthcare for all' what is wrong in that?? Every year 45,000 getting killed without Health insurance.. I know everyone is upset of raise in premium and deductibles, Congress needs to come up with a solution to lower premium and deductibles and keep all the requirements of Obama Care.. Moreover, the raise of premium and deductibles applies only to less than 2 % of the population.. The items in the law are very good and everyone will like it.. 10 % will be qualified for the subsidies... I hope everyone will like it after it starts from January 2014.

    November 21, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Felly

    I'm beginning to think that the GOP is sabotaging the Healthcare.gov website.

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

    once again the Republicans show the world they have no healthcare plan. This coincides with there lack of an economic plan other than tax the rich less.

    November 21, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Wellywellup

    The GOP can't come up with any solutions to help America because they are not a single party anymore. There are the crazy folks who want to blow up the government and the world, and sane folks who can't control the crazy folks.

    November 21, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. bosfaninva

    "News flash, Democrats will cry when Republicans kep the house and take the Senate, then 2016 Christie will take the White Hpuse. Look on the Democrats face when this happens, Priceless"

    How cute, some Repuke thinks the teebagger-dominated GOOP will nominate Chris Christie. Too funny. And let's not forget how the nomination of teabag candidates like Paul Broun will cost the Repukes any chance of retaking the Senate. Priceless.

    November 21, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Patrick Jenkins

    I would think that by now, this news affiliate would be leaning a little more towards the middle as your ratings are crashing just like the ACA. Benghazi and the falsification of the employment rate just before the 2012 election makes Nixon look like a Saint.

    November 21, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. rino

    There is one difference now. The GOP does not need anyone to make them look bad, they are doing a good job for themselves.

    November 21, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Jetranger

    Obamacare, what a Joke – these morons couldn't run a Lemonade stand without messin it up !

    November 21, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Bob

    Steffan, do you really believe what you said? "The failures of Obamacare squarely sit on the shoulders of the GOP." OMG what information have you been following? The GOP did everything they could to prevent the bill from passing and yet it did. The failure is 100% on Obama, his cronnies and the American people who voted for him. The GOP did not build the website. The GOP did not agree with all the rules within the law. The GOP warned the American people of the effects of this bill and it's those are EXACTLY the effect it's having. The accountability is squarely on the Dems for this monstrosity.

    November 21, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. john

    I would like to see the white house play book...it is probably about the size of the health care bill.

    November 21, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Realistic Mo

    I can't believe people sit here and blame everything on democrats. For example: "Clean out the Senate of the United States of corruption, impeach Mr. Obama, and fire or prosecute all that have engaged in criminal acts."

    The entire congress is corrupt. There are very few congressman who are there to do good for their constituents. Sure they will get specific legislation passed, called pork, for their districts but they don't have the entire American country in their minds. This goes for repubs and demos. Both sides have bastions of evil lurking around in DC gobbling up lobby dollars like pac man. If you want some REAL change then do what my district has done.

    We voted in a man, who yes is a democrat (but it doesn't matter if men like this are democrat or republican!), but he has lived and worked in my district his entire life. He went to college here. He got his first job here. He went on to become the regions chief medical officer through the UC Davis medical system. And he goes into congress every single day questioning their practices. He uploads videos to youtube after each time he speaks in congress and let me tell you, everything that comes out of his mouth is simply common sense. He doesn't side with democrats or republicans just because, he goes for what is right and abides by the law. His name is Ami Bera, and he was an unknown when we elected him. But we replaced the scum Dan Lundgren. I haven't gotten so much feedback or responses from my congressman like I do from Ami in all the years I've followed politics. And I will vote for him again next election cycle because he is truly doing the work a congressman should.

    November 21, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. ChuckChucklesAgain

    Strange, Bush Jr. never whined about the Dems getting him out of a tough situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Bush Sr. never whined about the Dems getting him out of a recession.

    Bill Clinton never whined about the GOP paying for the cleaning bill to get the white stains out of Monica's dress.

    It's just this last Democratic crew that never knew any base news until it was released to the press, and never took responsibility for anything they screwed up.

    The Obama administration.... the by standard.... victimhood presidency.....whah ...whah...whah.... by opponents should bail me out of my mistakes. Go grow up.

    November 21, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Joe

    There's a reason the GOP wants to sabotage the A.C. A .,...and it has nothing to do with the Law itself. It has nothing to do with providing or denying Healthcare to Americans. It has to do with the fact that if the A.C.A. succeeds,...it would be political death for the Republican party and any chance at a return to power. It really is that simple,...and that profound.

    November 21, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. KEN MERTZ

    OK...So they have a playbook....Don't the DEMS have one......the ONLY difference is the GOP's playbook DOES NOT LIE. period....

    November 21, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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