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

    When the GOP takes back control of the Senate and the WH in coming years, pull healthcare from under our feet, abolish the minimum wage and raise taxes on the middle class, the entire middle class should go on strike. Stop paying taxes, stop paying bills and stop buying so much stuff that you don't need. That will send a signal and hopefully wake up the Republican party from this wicked nightmare they seem to be stuck in.

    November 21, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. cw

    gues, try as I might, I can't find where in this article the GOP is demonized... try as I might.

    November 21, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Craig

    "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

    We don't need to. Remember, you locked us out of hearings concerning it, laughed at our proposals to it, Reid has mothballed every. single. thing. we put on his docket, and you forced this through congress without one of our votes.

    if you crash your car into a wall, it is not my job to come fix it for you.

    November 21, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. VEW2012

    The fact is the GOP hasn't been about solutions for helping average Americans, since the corruption of the Harding Administration.

    November 21, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. DS

    I am so tired of this Healthcare news cycle- it is the law- GOP are puppets for the Insurance companies who don't want to lose their State monopolies-Stop Stonewalling and help fix the process issues- Your rates were going to go up anyway , there would of been more denials from more preexisting conditions and for the people who are losing their so called "insurance plans".. move on sign up for the subsidized alternative plan and then maybe the GOP led Congressman can actually do something ...anything but try to kill a good thing that most Americans want and need.

    November 21, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. david saint

    lol im still laughing at the people who have missed the big issue here..while Obamacare is flawed, it did expose the almost fraudulent policies some were paying for, that did nothing for them. Instead of getting mad at Obama, lets share the anger towards the greedy insurance companies, who are the reason we needed a law like this in the first place!

    November 21, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Ron50

    Wow, talk about a no news article. This has been the case for years with both sides, to bad CNN is just figuring it out.

    November 21, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. NCThinker

    Enough already about Republican obstructionists derailing this law. Remember, according to Obama, unlike Bush's wars this law pays for itself. Many of you who support the ACA have been on every discussion board spouting the same rhetoric while at the same time saying Republicans are doing everything they can to stop it. I have one question, how can the Republicans stop ACA if it is law and is already self financed? The answer is they can't – unless of course somebody lied and additional financing is needed – hmmmm.

    November 21, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Leon

    CNN is a failure in journalism. Healthcare botched – "you can see what's in the bill after you vote for it". Where was the challenge then??? Now that you see it your headlines are "A day in the life at a busy airport". WHAT A JOKE!!! What were you doing during NSA, Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious, etc., etc.? Do you report news or run a tabloid? A school newspaper at best.

    November 21, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Me

    It's normal for both sides to sabotage the other.

    November 21, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. CryBabies

    Ploufe,Axelrod, Cutter etc...would never think of using this type of tactic as they are so honest and exhibit so much integrity. Cry me two rivers democrats. You pushed this bill through and own 100% of it. Its a crap bill that will implode on its own because No thought or common sense was used by the likes of Pelosi and Reid when drafting it. Here comes 2014!

    November 21, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Tom1940

    While Republicans are faulted by Mainstream Media folks, and all Dems, Liberals, etc., for "having no program or proposals of their own", must not read the Congressional Record of the House of Representatives. Over the course of the last 4-5 years there have been many, many bills forwarded to the Senate, still sitting on Harry Reid's desk, unanswered, and certainly not brought up before any Democrat Controlled Committees. It's hard to legislate/propose legislation when there is no one responding (from the Senate). Had the Dem's sat down and "honestly/forthrightly invited the Republicans into the tent and discussed Obama Care from the outset, the place the nation is at today would be a far different place. This is what happens when one party gains overwhelming control of government and becomes "imperial" in its actions and view of how things should be ran. Amazing. It happened to the Republicans and the Dem's turned right around and did the same thing.

    November 21, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Carroll

    Looking at the posts CNN, it seems you are the only one that thinks this is news. Wake up. It's politics... which is NOT the reason this travesty is failing. The GOP tried everything they could to prevent the country from taking this path. They did not vote for it. They have tried to stop it at every turn. Now you and the Democratic party want to somehow blame Republicans for this. Sorry, this is your problem now. You wanted it. You got it.

    November 21, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Scoofer

    Time to start deleting CNN bookmarks. Welcome to MSNBC irrelevancy, CNN.

    November 21, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Tom E

    Why don't you guy's ever publish the Dem's playbook? I forgot, that's your policy and procedure manual.

    November 21, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. TexasSteph

    The irony is that "Obamacare" is identical to "Romneycare" in Massachusetts, which is going along just fine... after a few bumps.

    The GOP designed this so-called albatross so that the insurance companies could get more business. That is basically what Obamacare is – a healthcare coverage option that expands insurance coverage to all Americans.

    Dumbos on Fox and those who listen to it, all think Obamacare is a public option like Hillarycare. The dummies in Texas all believe this – they heard about Hillary's failed healthcare proposal all those years ago, and assume that Obamacare is the same plan.

    Try telling these fools that no, it's a GOP idea, it's a concept originated by a GOP leader and developed by the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, and they look at you in total disbelief and cry out, "NO! You're lying – that came from the Liberal Media!"

    OMG... this country is basically kind of pathetic.

    November 21, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Thomas

    @termlimits
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, ignorance and envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery! Churchill

    ====

    Then why to Brits speak highly of there Social healthcare system ? There is a difference between socialism and communism .

    November 21, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. MTATL67

    That's not the smartest play. I have a coworker who was Anti-ACA found out she can roll over $500 of her FSA. Needless to say she is now Pro-ACA and can't wait to find out what else she can save. The Press and GOP are in to much in a rush. Like in 2012 they will both look foolish in the end.

    November 21, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. sly

    GOP fools will pull all the dirty tricks to stop 50 MILLION Americans from being allowed to have health care.

    But as always, the TeaBillieKKK are losers. The numbers are out: Health Care costs rose for the lowest amount in 50 (FIFTY) years in a report released this week, and the average cost per person is at a 10 year low.

    Affordable Health Care, Killing our #1 all time enemy, gay marriage, forcing the removal of Syria's chemical weapons: President Obama will be seen as one of the most successful Presidents in history.

    November 21, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. hal

    The ACA was built on many misrepresentations (lies). It is obvious the architects of this law didn't take the time to learn about the insurance and medical industries.

    November 21, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Mark Adams

    Another tantrum from the crybaby party. It's ok, they'll be crying for 8 years under Obama, then another 8 years under HIllary! Republican tears taste so sweet.

    November 21, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. VEW2012

    The Republicans have no plan. How could they have a plan?

    Their plan the mandated insurance plan first proposed by the Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich....you know the same exact plan passed by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, is the plan the Heritage Foundation and Newt used to scuttle the Clinton single payer plan in the 1990's. The fact is the Democrats passed the mandated (two tiered) insurance plan as opposed to a single payer (public option) plan.

    There are only two ways to do health care on a national level....a two tiered mandated health insurance plan, or a public option single payer plan....and we all know how the GOP feels about a "public option single payer plan". So what do they have to propose....nada, zip, zilch. All they want to do is whine, and try to stall their own plan.

    November 21, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Vasco DeGAma

    and not a peep about the Project Veritas videos showing the "navaigator" encouraging people to lie when signing up and the director of Enroll America openly discussing how his and other "individual" organizations are really arms of the Ovomit/DNC machine. nah that wouldn't of interest to CNN's readers. and they wonder where their ratings went.

    November 21, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. TexasSteph

    Obamacare is ROMNEYCARE in Massachusetts, which is going fine.

    Obamacare is a GOP idea in the first place.

    The Right trying to destroy this law and turn back the clock are literally deluding themselves.

    This was a compromise in the first place between the Right and the Left to get something done so that more Americans could get healthcare coverage.

    It's just plain stupid to want to stop it – it's sorely needed, and probably needs to be improved not destroyed.

    Get to work, Congress. Your People are calling for you to accomplish something positive for a change.

    November 21, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Tony

    Tom1940, please cite some of these bills. Republicans passed bills in the House and called them jobs bills or some other things, but they had nothing to do with jobs or some other things.

    November 21, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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