CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare
November 21st, 2013
09:35 AM ET
10 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. RandyNewnan23

    Once Obamacare starts in January, stories will flood in on how Obamacare saved peoples lives. That will be hard for GOP to counter.

    November 21, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Voice of Reason

    I wonder if the "republican source" is a member of the NSA? Dems hacking for republican strategy again... like they did to Romney.

    November 21, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Dem Playbook

    How about CNN find the Democrat Socialist Playbook??? Next up ObamaDental, ObamaLife insurance. Ways to abolish the once proud saying, "All man is created equal".

    November 21, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Slip

    And this story tells us what? Not a thing. The headline makes it out to be a breaking story, yet that was just smoke-and-mirrors to get us to read what is essentially a story that reveals nothing worth mentioning. It just give CNN a chance to allow a mouthpiece for the admin to ply another lie to the American Public.

    November 21, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is what is known as a smoking gun. No doubt the right will label as a counterfeit.

    November 21, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. John Merrick

    Republicans are the new Brown Shirts. Remember how that worked out !!

    November 21, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. brian clancy

    "Reacting to the playbook, White House health official David Simas said on Twitter the "GOP's 35 page playbook of partisan attacks on ACA is 35 pages longer than their health care plan."

    They've got that right! From Fox News' minute-by-minute rants, exhortations for young Americans to "go without health care" in a craven effort to skew pricing for health plans to the discovery of sophisticated "denial of service" do-it-yourself Web sites aimed at the national healthcare site, Republicans are pulling the pants down in front of the American people demonstrating their "we will stop at nothing" to try to hold on to power in the Congress.

    It's treason!

    November 21, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Ron in SC

    Of course the GOP has no ideas, solutions or even care whether or not Americans without health care get any health care. There only thing they care about is obstructionism no matter who it hurts.

    November 21, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. gladiatorgrl

    ""GOP's 35 page playbook of partisan attacks on ACA is 35 pages longer than their health care plan."

    There's your trouble

    November 21, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. ol

    Isn't CNN now the home of the Bash Obamacare Society? From Costello in the morning to others at night, it's constant and very much FOX News like.

    November 21, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Big_D

    But do they have any ideas to fix healthcare? Heck no!

    November 21, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. nitrous

    Since the two parties constantly exhibit the inability to play nice – this nation will eat itself. We are truly doomed.

    November 21, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Big_D

    If you add my taxes to my insurance it makes Denmark look like a low tax rate. And they have great services including education and better holidays and vacation time and maternity leave and retirements....

    November 21, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    "GOP's 35 page playbook of partisan attacks on ACA is 35 pages longer than their health care plan."
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    this applies to not only this subject but jobs since the GOP is not interested in doing any kind of alternative planning on their own. The only thing they have is whatever Obama is for, they are against but won't say what they would do instead

    November 21, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Steve - Texas

    GOP beating on denying people access to affordable health care... sad.

    November 21, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Lary

    “One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said

    Gee, you are just figuring that out now? It's no longer just the "Republicans", its over 2/3 of the country that do not want this.

    November 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Warren

    Add this fact to it also.. Medicare Part D "was far more expensive than the Affordable Care Act and unlike" the act, "was never budgeted."

    November 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Lou

    Yes, between the GOP and their mouthpieces at Fox "News" there is a cultish force that happens when people who don't do their own research listen to sound bites over and over again. They can't separate crap talk from facts. Yes, there are indeed flaws w/ACA…yes, the website sucks, but nothing this big gets off the ground flawlessly either. The far right wing of the GOP, coupled with Fox "News" is the most destructive force in our country. Had the states that opted out bought in, they'd be moving more smoothly like those that did (Callif. & NY for example).

    November 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. blue dog

    Yes, we have a problem. When you tackle big issues, sailing is not smooth sometimes. I wish the website issues were not there but the law is still good for Americans.

    November 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. g2-d0630c0c25d3ccb4a37fb029f77154c0

    Is trying to sabotage a law that can and will help people treason?! I mean, these are elected officials acting against an established law!

    November 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. winchester74

    the sad fact is – if the GOP was working as hard to improve ACA as they are to kill it – we'd have the best healthcare system in the world.

    November 21, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Rosslaw

    I think that the GOP should file criminal charges against the Heritage Foundation for writing the ACA and expel Mittens Romney from the party for implementing the ACA in Massachussetts. It would still be easier than actually trying to accomplish anything, which is the main point-right?

    November 21, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Warren

    And this one."The vast majority of people in this country are keeping their (health insurance) plan."

    November 21, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. ktown8

    What I really want to see is Obama's and Dem's Obamacare and Socialists playbook.

    November 21, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. nuclear mike

    And the Democrats have not already done the their "playbook' on ObamaCare which has now failed???

    Gee...CNN your bias is always shining thru!!!

    November 21, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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