June 19th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
13 years ago

MoveOn.org targets Democratic senator

(CNN) - MoveOn.org is targeting a Democratic senator Friday over her apparent opposition to the health care proposal President Obama has proposed.

In a radio ad airing in the New Orleans market, the liberal political action committee criticizes Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu for expressing opposition to legislation that would provide Americans with a choice of public health care.

"Why is Mary Landrieu opposing the president's plan to provide health care choices for all Americans, including the option to join a high quality public health insurance plan?" the ad's narrator says, noting the senator has received "$1.6 million in campaign contributions from the health care industry - the same industry that's now spending millions to stop the president's plan."

After initially signaling she would be in favor of a public option last year, Landrieu told reporters last week she was against any health care reform package that offered such a policy.

"I'm not open to a public option," she said. "However, I will remain open to a compromise, a full compromise. [A] public option is not something that I support. I don't think it's the right way to go."

But Landrieu, whose vote could be decisive in blocking a potential Republican filibuster against a health care bill, said she may still vote for a package that includes a public option.

"It would be unlikely, but I'm not saying no," she told reporters.

The radio spot is set to air through Wednesday.

Filed under: Mary Landrieu • MoveOn
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. tess

    absolutly LOVE it that that despicable organization is going after some democrats – that is exactly what they deserve since they (dems) are who made them so powerful! how does it feel to get some of your own medicine – pretty vile stuff isn't it?

    June 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Shibumi

    Landrieu is following the wishes of her constiuents. Much like Bo Bo is doing with the wacko libs who voted him in.
    I'm sure you liberals will be the FIRST to open your wallets to pay for this train wreck.

    June 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Melissa

    It just had to be the Senator from my state, didn't it? It just figures. Doesn't say too many good things about who was voted into our leadership, does it? I have no idea how she even won the last election. Everyone I talk to here doesn't even like her.

    June 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Gene

    Next time people want to not spend anything.. stop electing people who actually want to change things. You want to spend nothing.. don't ever complain that you don't like the way things are in this country. People want the best of both worlds.. they want all these services to improve their lives.. but they don't want to have to pay anything for it.

    You can't have it both ways

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Eric

    Look, I have health care at my state job, but it does not stop me for wanting others to recieve it. This ideal that we are saving Tax payers money for not buying into a public option is not feasible, when the trend points to sicker people as the years ago,and a busting health care system that will be third world if we don't find a compromise.

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. fishy fish

    We don't need spineless democrats like her. Even the President can't stand to the Republicans despite the political capital he and democrats currently have. We democrats are getting sick of it. But again, look at the alternative (none). Maybe we need a strong third independent party to emerge.

    June 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. nola

    Maybe it is time to find a new Dem to replace her as a Senator

    June 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. mary stewart,arlington texas

    this gov of louisiana had done nothing for her state and certainly nothing for new orleans.....galveston was destoyed and is now up and running in less than a yr......she is a fool and who cares abt her?????

    June 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Mike in SA

    "...the senator has received $1.6 million in campaign contributions from the health care industry"...

    So, I wonder how much she got from the Democratic Party. If she were to lose the support of the party she would lose more than $1.6 million. Makes me think she is voting her conscience here and committed to represent her constituents. It's great to finally see a Representative place representing the interest of their constituents before their party. I wish mine would.

    June 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Brian in AZ

    "Why is Mary Landrieu opposing the president's plan to provide health care choices for all Americans, including the option to join a high quality public health insurance plan?"

    Apparently MoveOn.org moved on prematurely when they took economics. The number of private companies crowded out ("crowding out" is a principle you learn in the first semester of economics) is great than the number of uninsired individuals covered by a public health insurance plan. The NET result (that's really technical econiomist lingo, MoveOn.org...it means "the bottom line") is greater numbers of uninsured than before. That's not even factoring in the fact that the higher taxes needed to supprot this public health insurance would make the price for insurance for those whose private companies still exist a much larger proportion of their paycheck. It's a bad deal for EVERYONE involved.

    Why would Mary Landrieu oppose your soft tyranny? Because she actually paid attention in college.

    June 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. kpawlak

    Democrats true to form. If you don't fall in line and conform to the wishes of Obama, If you dare to criticize, they go after you. They eat their young.

    June 19, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Joseph

    Senators and representatives have a public option. The military has one, vets have one, the poor have one, and the elderly have one.

    Senator Landrieu just doesn't think anyone else should have one. Especially one as good as hers.

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. kpawlak

    To Emma,

    Right...send the rich packing and then guess what you will be the first one whining because of the lack of jobs. How typical. The mentality that elected Obama.

    June 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Sushil K. Kanwar

    It is high time we have an option in Healthcare. All the persons in Congress that are oppose to Public Health system, we should demand that they are dropped from the health care provided to them and let them find a heathcare provider.

    Small business are badly effected because of their inability to offer healthcare. Due to high cost of health care not only small business are suffering. we have witnessed the fall of GM and other large US corporation.

    US business has to compete with EU, China, Japan, Australia. All these countries have a National Health plan. Health Care cost for the business is approximately 25-28% cost. Please tell me how we can compete with these over heads. No doubt National Health care will have a cost, but it would not be a direct cost.

    May I have your comments please.

    June 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Bill Sampson

    The Senator realized (or was told) who pays the piper and fell back into line. Too bad. I assume there are many Louisiana citizens who can only imagine having the health care options available to the Senator and all of her colleagues. And that gold-plated health care is PUBLICLY FINANCED! It's time to opt out of that "public option" health care you enjoy, but apparently oppose, Senator.

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. David in Dallas

    Just because someone has a (D) behind their name, does not mean they are liberal. Mary Landrieu has never been a liberal; in fact, she has never been anything but a self-serving politician who wants to keep getting re-elected. She supported W on almost every issue and then when she was in a run-off in her last Senate race, he came to Louisiana and supported her opponent. In a Congress full of idiots, she is one of the most idiotic. She has consistently refused to take an informed stand on any issue prefering instead to keep pandering to the coalition of red-necks and vote-for-nothing-but-Democrat blacks that keep her in office.

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. calvin

    3 cheers for the senator;we can,t have alot of healthy unemployed and or poor people

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. lynn in NM

    Good for Mary. Obviously, she has a brain and is using it, unlike some others. She is responsible to her consituents – not the Democratic party.

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. scooter

    I lost all faith in Moveon after this last primary election after what they did to a certain female that should be president . they are truelly unrealavent in my book. DARE SOMEONE GO AGAINST THIS OBUMA and his plans or lack of......

    June 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. BeefMasterX

    Democrats are the lowest form of life on the planet.

    June 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. amy

    Hey guys, health care is NOT a RIGHT. You either pay for it or go w/out. That's what I had to do growing up. NO HEALTH care reform needed. When DEMS talk about how many people need to be covered, the next question should be: how many of those are ILLEGAL aliens. VIVA la Republican Hispanic womens party.

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Andi

    While I do not agree with the Senator, at least the Democrats aren't afraid to disagree with each other. So they are trying to change her mind, what's the big deal?

    June 19, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. arlene,CA

    This Senator chose the lobbiests over the average citizen, she should give up her free health care that we tax payers pay for & then maybe I could be more understanding towards her choice. These Senators need to be held accountable for their actions & come election time they could get thrown out of their comfortable positions with good salaries & full benefits, things the average citizen are loosing on a daily basis.

    June 19, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. mj

    Emma, obviously you are not one of the ones who will be paying for this incredible spending project.

    June 19, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Cindy

    We have lsot the bigger picture of the lies that are being told. NOT ALL Americans will be insured by the President's proposal. I am not sure I want to mess with anyone's insurance, or pay out money that can not guarantee all Americans insurance (if they want it) at a time when we seem to be speding rather than thinking.

    We do not need an overhaul of EVERYTHING, Jack of all trades- proficient in none si not the way to run a government of any size. Especially not ours!

    June 19, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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