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. mw calif


    Where did you get your ficticious figures, FOX Noise? According to the latest independent polls at least 76% of americans would like the public option and only 1/8th of the 55 mil are illegal aliens and are not included unless they register, pay the fines and apply as citizens. This is not a hand out and of course the start up costs are going to be more than actual cost to tax payers once everyone is on board with either the public or private option. The public option will keep the private insurers in check with their rapitly rising costs or haven't you noticed. Or is it that you promote the rich getting richer while the rest of us get nothing for our hard work and dollars.

    June 19, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Jim

    I don't see what the problem with a public plan is. If we don't like it, we don't have to use it.

    June 19, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Kat

    Most of you people make me sick. Does anyone want to know what her concerns are? Doesn't anyone really want to know what is going on, or should we just stand in line and hope what they feed us in satisfying enough.

    June 20, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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