RNC targets Democrats over Obama insurance pledge
January 7th, 2014
08:53 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC targets Democrats over Obama insurance pledge

Washington (CNN) - There's no let-up in the new year in the GOP push to attack Democrats over Obamacare during the midterm elections.

Case in point: New radio ads announced Tuesday morning by the Republican National Committee that attack 12 Democratic senators and representatives, many of whom are in competitive races this November. The ads focus on President Barack Obama's broken pledge that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act.

The RNC says their radio spots will target Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mark Warner. Also in the party committee crosshairs are Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan, who are both running for the Senate this year, and Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

"So what's your New Year's resolution? Here's one you can keep. Resolve to keep [Senator/Representative] honest in 2014," says the announcer in the ad. "President Obama and [Senator/Representative] said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under ObamaCare. They lied to you. Big time. PolitiFact called that the 'lie of the year'."

The ads are expected run Tuesday and Wednesday and the party committee says the spots will air in English, as well as in Spanish in Colorado and Virginia, Vietnamese in Louisiana and Korean in Virginia. The RNC did not disclose the buy behind the new commercials.

A Democratic source with knowledge of the ad buy tells CNN that as of now, it looks like the RNC is spending only $3,100 in 36 markets.

Republicans have vowed to make the flawed startup of the health care law, as well as the President's faulty pledge about keeping insurance plans, front and center as they try to win back control of the Senate and keep control of the House in the 2014 midterm elections.

The move by the RNC follows a multi-million dollar ad campaign by Americans for Prosperity targeting Hagan, Landrieu, and Shaheen, as well as some House Democrats, over the same pledge. AFP is a conservative group backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers.

Responding to the RNC spots, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin told CNN that "Today, more Americans have better, more affordable health care than before thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP shut down the government trying to take it all away. The American people have a clear choice – and that’s a debate we’re eager to have."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. jinx9to88

    LMAO!!! These Gopers have nothing to offer to the country but bashing Obamacare for the next 10 months? Where are the policies the GOP have to move this country ahead? What makes this so funny is that majority of the people that got cancellations notices were immediately enrolled into another plan. Those people got cancellations notices because their old junk policy was being replaced with another policy because the junk policy didn't meet the new minimum standards. So I guess you can say they got cancellations but the majority of them have new policies and there was no lapse in coverage. You won't here this kinda of facts on Fox news.

    January 7, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Please proceed RNC. At least nobody died when President Obama declared you can keep your insurance, and Americans with more than two active brain cells understand this "lie" was more of an imcomplete sentence. If President Obama had continued with "as long as your policy meets minimum standards for coverage" this "lie" would be a moot point. So yeah, not a lie of "commission" like sending thousands Americans to their deaths and disabling tens of thousands more based on lies thought up to further enrich the very people sending them into that situation, but more a lie of "omission".

    January 7, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Democrats should not be running away from the ACA. They should be embracing it and be proud to do so. There are thousands of people who are now insured that weren't before. I don't see that as a bad thing, but a good thing. A good thing to run on. What have republicans offered as an alternative to the ACA? Not a dam thing. It's okay to be against something, but you've got to stand for something as well. And the status quo is not the answer.

    January 7, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I think that we all know what the Republicans are against. Ideology aside, does anyone know what concrete actions or policies that the Republicans are actually in favor of doing and putting into law?

    January 7, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Bull. Nothing wrong with that. It is just normal to have received BRIBE FROM GOP thugs by insurance companies to get this law from their their way to make money. Why do you think insurance companies pour millions of dollars to GOP thugs, to defund Law, you know Ted Cruz venture and idiotic SHUT-DOWN cause of 34 billion dollar loss.

    January 7, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. alex

    I'm glad these insurance policies will get canceled. These junk policies were no better than not having insurance at all. The real issue here (real issue meaning the GOP would never address it) is that the insurance industry is now transparent to everyone, i.e. insurance works because costs are spread out among everyone. Except in the case of the insurance companies, most of those costs goes towards pocketing a profit – NOT towards increasing the value of our health care system. Universal healthcare is starting to look better and better everyday.

    January 7, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. 99ts

    Sad reality for the RNC – folks are beginning to reap the benefits of Affordable Health Care. They no longer have to choose between bankruptcy or death. If this is the GOP plan for 2014, they will lose the house.

    January 7, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. quinLee

    I wouldn't expect anything less from the RNC. Nothing surprises me after seeing them nominate a guy who was seen as the pioneer of health care reform in his home state to run against the idea of health care reform, unabashedly use a quote taken completely out of context as their Official Convention theme, allow idiots and clowns to be viewed as leaders of the party. Nope, not surprised at all.

    January 7, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. John

    Ten years from now no-one will remember all this fuss, unless maybe the thousands who will still be alive because the ACA became law. I hope people do remember long enough to decimate the ranks of the GOP in Washington, at least any that were willing to burn down the Nation if they couldn't get their way.

    January 7, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. sonnie3

    If you like your plan you can keep it. PERIOD!!

    January 7, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. sonnie3

    If you like your health plan, you can keep it. PERIOD!
    That is a clear road map the senate will see big changes and Dingy Harry can go home.

    January 7, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Sniffit

    It's. All. They've. Got. Left.

    Festival of the idea-less.

    January 7, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota


    "LMAO!!! These Gopers have nothing to offer to the country but bashing Obamacare for the next 10 months? Where are the policies the GOP have to move this country ahead?"

    I'm laughing with you! Apparently these fools don't know when or how to apply the brakes before the crash. They simply gear up to full speed ahead and suffer the consequences they cause by blaming everyone but themselves.

    Oh, wait. Didn't that become glaring obvious when GW was president for eight years?

    January 7, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how long Republicans are going to push this "repeal Obamacare" line? I think they're coming up on the limit because if they were to actually repeal the ACA now, then they would cancelling everyone's insurance policy, and not just a few million people in the open market that the insurers withdrew.

    Most employer provided policies were pretty much unaffected by the ACA. The ones that were affected were the junk policies being provided by the Scrooges of the world. Isn't it amazing that conservatives are peddling ideas that encourage people to not take responsibility for the cost of their own health care? Wonders never cease. Insurers want the new customers, yet conservatives are against it. I guess that means that they're putting politics before anything else, just like they always have.

    January 7, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. just saying

    democrats and obama certainly don't expect that their countless lies over the last 3 years about obamacare will all be forgotten and forgiven? had the truth been told, obamacare never would have become law. obama and democrats are guilty of legislation by fraud. 58% of the american people still don't want it. damn right you are going to hear about it and be held accountable for your lies, deceit and treachery.

    January 7, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Econ301

    Do they think Obama is running for the Senate or something?

    Do people really believe that if Obama lies all Democrats are therefore liars? I mean Republicans argued that when Republicans like Todd Akin made offensive comments about rape that he didn't represent the whole party, but when the shoe is on the other foot they seem to be all for panting a whole group of people by the words of one person.

    Hypocritical much?

    January 7, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Stuffitu

    Income equality? Is that another lee,ocean liberal code phrase like Affordable Care Act which really means let's confiscated cate more money from hard workin taxpaying Americans who accept personal responsibility for their lives and give it to the dopers, welfare frauds and corrupt unions so they will continue to vote for democrat liberals.

    January 7, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    The only Dems who lost their house/senate seats in 2010 were those who sided with the TPers and AGAINST the ACA. Funny how the "librul" media never mentions that.

    January 7, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. jpmichigan

    Healthcare reform is needed, period. But we do not need the regulations and mandates included in Obamacare. Nearly 7 million taxpayer American have lost the healthcare they CHOOSE to have, due to these mandates. The only way to change health care is to continues CERTAIN areas (cannot be cancelled due to pre-existing problems) is to the voting booth. Those individuals that support Obamacare and the mandates need to go. They have long forgotten the reason they are there is to protect ALL the American people not just the few that will end up on medicaid .. Expand Medicaid with out doing harm to individuals who like the health care they want.

    January 7, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Hector Slagg

    It is glaringly appearent that the Liberal's Democrats had no plan except to pass it and then "Build it". So far they are right "On Schedule". But they talk a good game. Now they need educated people to finish it. Unfortuntantly real educated people knew it wouldn't work. Kinda hard to hide the truth.

    January 7, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. just asking

    Malory Archer
    The only Dems who lost their house/senate seats in 2010 were those who sided with the TPers and AGAINST the ACA. Funny how the "librul" media never mentions that.

    are you serious??? what dream world are you living in anyways?

    record numbers of democrats lost their seats because they voted for obamacare. and even more will suffer the same fate in 2014 now that the lies of obama and the democrats have been exposed.

    January 7, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Tony

    Republicans really can't afford to let the ACA fail on its own, because:

    1. It is not failing on its own. Government does not sell insurance under the ACA. More people are on Medicaid under the ACA, but Medicaid benefits can be adjusted if there is not enough money in the budget. People get government subsidies to buy private insurance under the ACA, but subsidies can be adjusted if there is not enough money in the budget (the ACA does not guarantee that the subsidies will be enough). The rest of people sign up for private insurance or pay a fine. Government will not go broke because it does not pay benefits on private insurance plans.

    2. They have nothing else to run on. If they shut up about the ACA, people will forget that Republicans exist.

    January 7, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Shefter Laurent

    Months ahead before NOVEMBER, people will love Obamacare. What else these fools GOPers will run on?? Just asking!

    January 7, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Donna

    It is pretty clear and very obvious that Obama and the Demorcats will be rolling out the same old strategy they used in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Demonize, lie, smear and distract the American people from their 7 years of failure. 4.5 years after the end of the recession, still record unemployment, debt and deficits. Obamacare, the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people, is disliked by nearly 60% of the American people.

    The fact is that the policies of Obama and the Democrats lead us right into the recession and have done nothing to get us out and get the economy growing. The fact that they want to keep extending unemployment benefits should tell the American people all they need to know. If you don't want anymore of this failure, then change must start in 2014 with the removal of as many Democrats as possible, especially in the Senate.

    January 7, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Fair is Fair


    Bull. Nothing wrong with that. It is just normal to have received BRIBE FROM GOP thugs by insurance companies to get this law from their their way to make money. Why do you think insurance companies pour millions of dollars to GOP thugs, to defund Law, you know Ted Cruz venture and idiotic SHUT-DOWN cause of 34 billion dollar loss.
    On the one side you say insurance companies are bribing the GOP to defund Obamacare, Gargoyle. On the hother hand, you say Obamacare is a cash cow giveaway to the insurance companies. These opinions are mutually exclusive. I suggest you have your talking points clarified.

    January 7, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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