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. Mete Kroo

    I think everything is okay for the American people. The 2012 presidential election has revealed many things for us. Who thought Obama will in in that nasty race. The ACA websit will be okay, Dems will win in 2014 both in house and senate and continue to be in a white house in 2016. The key unquestionably with the Dems.

    November 21, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. M.Miller

    To Playbook? You don't even know how to write in proper English. Why should you have a say in anything? Since you cannot write I must assume that your reading skills are equally as poor, which would explain your apparent ignorance regarding the facts. Congratulations you're everything we've come to expect from the party of NO.

    November 21, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. roro

    Just a continuation of the plans these obstructionists made the night of the first inauguration in 2009 – let's make this man a failure by doing everything we can to thwart his policies and nominations, and the hell with the people of this country. The fact that the citizens voted for him and his policies not once but twice, is of no concern to them. They want to nullify his presidency and he, himself. And don't bother to tell me it has nothing to do with race.

    November 21, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Josh

    Would be nice if the politicians in DC actually worked on solutions for their constituents

    November 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Silence DoGood

    I would like to nominate the TeaParty driven GOP as honorary Scrooge of the holiday season.
    They don't want to help people, but take some great pleasure in seeing the failure something that might help someone.

    November 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. David

    Obamacare will change us to a full Socialist/Marxist country soon. You may have noted how high your premiums will go up on Jan. 1st. You will cover nearly 50 mllion that wont pay. In one year it will really rocket and then Obama will put 12 million ilegals on the bill. Many will eventually working for cash to get ot of paying high monthly fees and the middle class solve because they cant afford to pay insurance anymore.

    November 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. MIkey Informed

    everyone who says the Republicans dont have a plan should realize that they are saying that because the Democrats have told them the Republicans dont have a plan. A nonpartisan "google search" would inform them quite differently...sheeple

    November 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Grampa

    How sad when a political party has sunk so low that lies and sabotage are its only means of accomplishing anything. The GOP no longer serves any useful purpose in America. It fully deserves the political oblivion toward which it is headed.

    November 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. jb1963

    Whey I hear someone say "what is the GOPs plan?". I say "who asked you for a plan?". I do not want a plan. I can take car of myself just fine. GET OUT OF MY LIFE!

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. HowCanYouBelieveAWordHeSaysAnymore

    I read these comments amazed that Democrats, who held closed door sessions drafting the ACA, who passed the bill with NARY A SINGLE GOP VOTE, expect the opposing party to support this program. Further polls show the majority of Americans view the bill as a failure, and are opposed to it. Is there a Democratic playbook? I'd love to read the chapter where they discuss lying to pass the law.

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Ohio Voter

    This disaster of a plan is 100% Democrat conceived and owned. It had zero Republican votes when it was rammed through with a procedural trick, and the Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal it. So why do Democrats think that Republicans would support their health care takeover scheme in any way? The law is, and always has been, doomed to failure. It's obvious which party are the smart ones in the room.

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Vet. Vet

    Its amazing and shows the heart and priority of the Republican party, who have no plans or idea and could care less for the over 40 million Americans who lack appropriate health insurance. Their only agenda is to stop any thing put forward by this President even if it means destroying America in the process. Just like they have been thinking and believing since they have been the Majority in the House that the majority of Americans are of low information and ignorant and would not see through their smoke and mirrors.

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. ShawnDH

    Why don't these Republican losers MOVE ON. How did the OBSESSION over Obamacare work out in 2012 or in the Republican shutdown? GOP FAIL.

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Stu in Iowa

    17 pages of finger pointing and recycled talking points DanW. All because there is a President in the woodpile.

    November 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. JohnR

    GOP "fix it"?

    Most of it was not broken and may not have needed a fix.

    It is all broken now.

    November 21, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. ug

    Oh and cnn thinks that they are the hero's or something so we the people of this country don't have crap shoved down our throats anymore...screw cnn!

    November 21, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Me

    Golden Policy!

    Until the GoP comes up with a better plan to make healthcare affordable...NOTHING they say means squat.
    __________________________________
    It is amazing how dense you liberals on here are, sorry to be so blunt but it is true. The GOP does not NEED an alternate plan because the majority of American's DO NOT want Obamacare. REMEMBER, 85% OF AMERICANS WERE HAPPY WITH THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PRIOR TO OBAMACARE. Now what part of that don't you understand???? Now for me, I would be ok with socialized medicine but it needs to be TRUE socialized and not for a select few. This is rediculous that 85% of the country is beening harmed to help 15%, CRAZY!!! Expand medicaid for those 15% and leave the rest of us ALONE!!!!

    November 21, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Bkwnc1

    Funny that CNN has to use a playbook to have anything close to legitimate to report on. As a so-called news agency they have become so biased that they are no longer relevant.

    November 21, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Mabel

    I think cnn should stop fixating on the GOP and start reporting the news to the people abou our president/ government. Media isn't what it used to be. Start reporting news.

    November 21, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Bill

    The playbook is ok with me. We do not need another government program to mess up what we already were happy with. Pass laws that make more sense instead and stop messing with the middle class. I just hope the Republicans can come up with a better alternative. If they do not then we are all in trouble.

    November 21, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. roger

    The Democrats pass a law that doesn't work and try to get the public to sign up on a website that doesn't work but yet it's the Republicans fault because they have a playbook that points out all the mistakes of Obamacare. DEMOCRATS, GET A LIFE!!!!!

    November 21, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Logictox

    Am I the only one that finds it objectionable that government is buying advertising to sell Health care . gov on the same stations that are supposed to be reporting news? Isn't this a conflict to objective reporting? Silly me, what was I thinking, the media stopped reporting and started roles as activist years ago.

    November 21, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. artraveler

    If the Republican Party would give up their foreign citizenship and become Americans like they used to be, the country would be much better off. Their plan in 2010 was "jobs, jobs, jobs" and that is what they have destroyed with failing to work to get the country back to work. If this group of clowns had been around during the other lighter Depression, we would have entered WWII (or probably been unable to) and be speaking German or Japanese by now. Come on, GOP, stop being REPUBLICANS and start being AMERICANS. You might just like it and maybe you can get rig of your hate machine.

    November 21, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative

    Why don't you publish the Democrat playbook on how they are going to make Obamacare a success? Oh, yea, they don't have one.....that would require leadership, management skill and a plan.......
    ---------------------–
    They already have. It's the law, the law of the land. What's the matter? Haven't read it, yet?

    And please, don't recycle that lie about the poor Republicans had to vote on a bill that they hadn't read. The Senate passed a quorom vote on the ACA in December 2009, which directly led to 2 months of debate on the content of the bill before it was passed in March 2010. Furthermore, the December vote also means that Republicans had been filibustering the very content of the bill, which, of course, they had read. So please, no more whining about Republicans didn't read it, because it makes them seem like imbeciles for voting on something that they didn't read.

    November 21, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. BO

    Obamacare is DESTROYING America.

    November 21, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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