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. HonestMistake

    What if the cost out of your pocket for the Public Health Insurance Plan is more than you are already paying for your private policy. How will that help all of you whiners that think this is some magic pill. Problem is, you aren't going to know what the monthly premium for you will be until the bill passes, they have time to set up a government insurance agency and start calculating costs and risks.

    June 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. amy

    Here we go again, w/ our Commander in Theive(BO).. stealing from our grandkids future to payback to his supporters. Healthcare is a sham!!!. For Us ELDERLY, our lives will be shortend d/t the lack of money which will become costly for MRIs Hip fx,/knee Chemo tx. DEMs do not want to sustain the elderly anymore than they have to. AARP are you all listening??? NO NO NO NO Health reform.

    June 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Pam

    It sounds like a conflict of interest, to me.

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

    Of course they'd target anyone who displayed a bit of common sense. If Moveon.org is against her, she must be worth keeping!

    June 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. jude

    YES YES YES ; we are finding out which people up on capital hill that the health care lobbyist has "IN THEIR BACK POCKET" her state is one of the poorest states when it comes down to health care for the have -nots or the "socialist ones" a.k.a. [the plantation pilgrams]. move on .org we need people like you to expose these people on both sides who speak w/forked tongue.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. JP

    If MoveOn is for something it must suck. But we already know that the main reason Obama is proposing this is to create another entitlement program at a time when the current ones will drive us to bankruptcy.

    June 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Proud Member..Party of No

    Opposition to Der Fuhrer Obama will NOT be tolerated!

    June 19, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    I have personally witnessed how public and private insurance policies can co-exist to lower prices and increase quality care.

    I'm willing to bet the folks making up funny names and name-calling have absolutely no clue.

    You idiots really love your insurance company so much? Give me a break!

    June 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me err...

    Thank you MoveOn for exposing this hypocrite. The American people are not going to accept any plan changes that don't include a public option. Any politician, especially Democratic politicians who do not support a public option will pay a political price, and I will personally contribute toward that effort.

    June 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    This is a good reason to consider voting for her since she is showing true moderation in spending and fiscal matters. Move-On.org = communisum.

    June 19, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Kevin

    BeefMasterX:Democrats are the lowest form of life on the planet.

    Yes, an inclusive, open minded, educated philosophy is really low compared to a terrified, hypocritical, UN educated philosophy.

    Your new name is BeefTardX

    June 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Terry

    Most of our Democratic Congressmen and Senators never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. After all, they have a swell job, GREAT medical benefits, and everyone claps for them wherever they go. They don't want to lose that cushy position and actually have to work for a living.

    As for the health care thing, I certainly hope that NO ONE who is on medicare or social security is posting messages in opposition to proposals to give the same benefits to others who are often more deserving.

    June 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Edgyone

    I think if you can't afford healthcare you should die. That is why healthcare costs so much, all these doctors treating people and then not getting paid means they have to raise the price for everyone else. They have bills to pay... So, either accept to live in a country where you will hear, "I am sorry you child is dieing, but you are poor, so there is nothing we can do." Or make sure every patient can pay. I am favor of letting poor people die myself, I'll call it, natural selection. No goverment help for the poor or uninsured!!!!! Who's with me? Call your senetor and tell them to change the laws requiring patients be treated with out making a deposit or showing proof of insurance first. That is how to get healthcare costs down.

    June 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Kevin

    The question is:
    Is medical care a right or a luxury? If it is a RIGHT then a public option is the ONLY answer. If it is a LUXURY, then only the rich can get it. Period.

    June 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Barrister

    I'm glad to see that the willingness to sacrifice Senate seats in the name of ideological purity is not just a Republican vice.

    June 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Linda -WI

    She's a bought off traitor and must be replaced with a real Democrat.

    June 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Elliot

    A public OPTION is the ONLY way to go.

    ANYONE opposed to a public OPTION is placing the interests of corporations, insurance companies before the best interests of the PEOPLE.


    June 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Montescarlo

    "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."

    Hmmm, one is my Mother who has driven a school bus for 23 years. Yep! A government agency – and no medical coverage. Oh, and by the way Amy, she's white.

    June 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Donovan

    It sounds like a certain senator has been bought and paid for by the insurance companies!

    June 19, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Amy Pa

    @BeefMasterX June 19th, 2009 4:13 pm ET
    Democrats are the lowest form of life on the planet***Watch your Pie hole****I am a DEM...Wonder why You have 4 Legs!!!!

    June 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Kristin

    G SMITH PA: June 19th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

    "Do I hear a Republican comeback. YES"

    A republican comeback?? That's is honestly the funniest thing I have heard all week. Thanks for the laugh.

    June 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Donovan

    The insurance industry is buying votes on this matter on both sides of the aisle. It's just the fact that republicans seem to flip for their "god money" much more quickly than the democrats. It's such a shame that so much of our hard-earned money (that's where the insurance companies get it ... us!) is actually working AGAINST us now. We need either single-payer or a public option for the good of the people!

    June 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Don

    Get ready to see some big changes in gov't.

    June 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. nota dem

    Hmmmm, if you compare these tactics to another, then you got Obama using his SS Troops just like Hitler and his nazis.

    Obama sent out his goons to rough up the Senator because she would not support the Obama plan

    Just like Hitler, History is repeating it self, thats why Obama wanted to control you kids and have them sent to government retraining camps.

    Read revelations, Obama is the anti-christ, all he needs is the white horse.

    June 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Hammerer

    Must be a joke. MoveOn.org advertising against a politician is a positive for the politician. Mrs. Landrieu will be hard to beat with this kind of opposition.

    June 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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