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. Elmer Fudd

    I prefer the Mitch McConnell abbreviated version of anything Obama, "Just say NO!!"

    Tells me all I need to know about the GOP.

    November 21, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. sly

    Reports this week that health care costs are at their lowest average in 50 years, because of affordable health care.

    The law is working, and except for the typical early web site issues, enrollment is skyrocketing.

    The time for the negative TeaBillieKKK hating is just about over. Time to face the music – Party of No.

    November 21, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. CALiberal

    The republicans health care plan is "I got mine ,good luck with yours sucker."

    November 21, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. just saying

    demorcats attacking bush and his iraq war efforts was a very real act of sabotage on the part of democrats. republicans telling the truth to americans and warning them of an impending disaster sounds more like paul revere.

    November 21, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    But they still don't have a plan of their own. Anyone listen to the Canadian terrorist fumble and mumble after Cuomo confronted him? Even in his birth country of Canada he can have a good insurance plan.
    They have the best insurance in the world paid for the same taxpayers they are trying to send to those death panels!

    November 21, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Let me guess...

    The playbook will have nothing that the GOP is for... only that which it is against. That would be consistent.

    November 21, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Jim8

    It should be, "That $4000 deductible and $6300 cap will ruin us all" because THAT is the problem.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except you're only going to pay that deductible IF you seek medical services. What would YOU do – stick the rest of us with your medical expenses in the event of injury or illness? As for "caps"; that $6300 figure is the MAXIMUM out of pocket expenses a healthcare consumer would pay annually before the insurance company picks up the ENTIRE tab for care. In other words, you're no longer at risk of going bankrupt and living on the streets in the event of injury or prolonged illness.

    November 21, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. jw

    They do not need a playbook the whole law just plain sucks!

    November 21, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. KBNJ

    I skimmed he playbook and...I'd be PROUD to have written it. I only wish those who thought this (Obamacare) was a good idea could have seen how disastrous it is/will be for our country BEFORE it was too late for the damage.

    November 21, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. jack

    “One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,”. Republicans don't want to fix healthcare for americans, they want to fail it..........

    November 21, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. ChuckChucklesAgain

    DNC TALKING POINTS CIRCA 2010...2011...2012 ....

    "Elections have consequences"...

    Congrats Dems, you won, YOU have the WhiteHouse, YOU have the Senate.... IT'S YOUR SHOW UNTIL 2014 !!!!

    What? You wet your own bed and you want your daddy, the GOP, to clean it up?
    PAH-LEASE.... grow up.

    IWhen the people are sick of the DNC Keystone Copys, they'll throw you out of office in 2014 and then the GOP is on the hook for solutions. Until then, good luck demonizing the other guys !! LOL!

    November 21, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    This morning, I tried to sign up for republican healthcare, and could no access Cruz Care, Boehner Care, Koch Care, or Fox Care. Their websites must be down.

    November 21, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Jeff

    why did my health care double in cost maggots

    November 21, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Steve

    Here is the playbook:

    1. Listen to people who are losing their health insurance and who can neither access nor afford coverage from the exchanges.

    2. Work to change/repeal the "law" (really, just a bunch of ad hoc regulations, some of which directly contradict the actual law) that caused the problem.

    Deep. Sophisticated.

    November 21, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "demorcats attacking bush and his iraq war efforts was a very real act of sabotage on the part of democrats."

    This from the twerp who loves to point out that Dems (after being convinced of the lie that there were WMDs in Iraq of course), voted for the legislation that allowed Dubya to Iraq war.

    November 21, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Denise

    Why do they even need a playbook? They already repeat ad nauseum what Boss Hoggs says. ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto.....

    November 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Nate

    Well we can bring up all we want about Republicans, but the bottom line is Obama knowingly lied about Obamacare on several areas. LIED. He lied about a number of other things as well. His infamous "most transparent administration" comment should be considered worse than Bush Sr.'s "read my lips" snafu. And anyone who believes he doesn't have a playbook for this is simply drinking too much kool aid.

    November 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. DaveinIL

    And this is news? How about publishing the Democrat playbook that says to get in bed with the insurance companies and tell whatever lies are necessary to take over 16% of the economy.

    November 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. chieftrainer

    “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.

    What? Come on. With the state of Obamacare as it is, did he really say that? Was he not brave enough to use the term "the democratic party"

    November 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    If a right wingnut needs heart surgery under Obamacare, and the bill is $250,000, why would they complain about paying $6300 out of pocket? Something for nothing comes to mind when it comes to baggers.

    November 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. twm

    Truth hurts Democrats truth hurts. Impeach Obama

    November 21, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Albert E.

    “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...

    Truer words have never been spoken... Republicans' only objective is to make America fail so they can blame it on Obama.

    November 21, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. joejeffrey

    Boy, nothing makes the right wing madder than being found out, as you can see from the comments. Every unthinking believer in the Republican Bible comes with their favorite conspiracy theory (like CNN is propping up the President) and fervent proclamation of the Doctrine According to the Koch Brothers: Obamacare is the ruination of the nation, and the millions of Americans without healthcare Do Not Matter (with the implicit understanding that if they weren't stupid and lazy they'd be rich enough to buy health insurance). Having their plans for propaganda, distortion, and blatant lies make public might, conceivably, make their propaganda, distortions, and lies less effective (not with the true believers, but with those still capable of thought), and that absolutely infuriates them. I'm guessing lots of the same fanatics will reply to this message by telling me I drank the koolaid, am a socialist, am a Dem apologist, or whatever unthinking slogan comes to their paralyzed minds. But the ugly fact remains that the Republicans' real goal and methods stands exposed.

    November 21, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    It appears that the only people who will suffer under the ACA are the right wingnuts.

    November 21, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Currently paying a combined $800+ per month on company plan with a $5K/$10K deductible for myself and my wife. Gold plans are cheaper on the ACA website from what I can tell. Going to compare this weekend apples to apples, but it sure looks cheaper here in Texas to go the Fed route.

    November 21, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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