June 26th, 2009
02:52 PM ET
13 years ago

MoveOn ad campaign targets Hagan over 'public option'

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(CNN) - North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan told reporters Friday a public health insurance option remains "on the table," as MoveOn.org announced an ad campaign targeting her over her reported lack of support for a public plan.

"Given recent comments showing that Senator Hagan is not supporting the public health insurance option, MoveOn.org will be making clear that our 115,000 members in North Carolina - many of whom volunteered for or donated to her campaign last year - believe the public option is the heart of true health care reform," the group said in a statement. "We'll run ads in North Carolina and D.C. asking that she advocate for the public option and support the President in truly solving the nation's health care crisis."

Earlier this week, Hagan told the Greensboro News & Record that a government plan could pose a major threat to private insurance companies.

The Democratic senator, who serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, has said she supports a "backstop option" for uninsured Americans that did not necessarily involve a government-run program - and her lack of support could prove a major obstacle for proponents of the idea, as Congress continues to weigh a plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.

On Friday, as MoveOn was announcing its campaign, Hagan told North Carolina reporters to "stay tuned" to the health care debate.

"We haven't taken a 'public option' off the table," she said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer - and those unhappy with her position "need to stay tuned."

"People are so centered on the word 'public,'" she said, according to the paper. "And it really depends on what's (involved) in that."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is also facing a targeted ad campaign from MoveOn over remarks that President Obama's health care agenda might not have enough congressional support to pass this year, and her skepticism over enacting a public option.

Filed under: Kay Hagan • MoveOn
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. yuri

    The opposition to Govt. sponsored insurance program, just do not seem or want to get it. They hafta resist all that the Dems do.

    June 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. dan

    This "woman" is like a car crash and we're all rubbernecks.

    June 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Matt

    Do not let a foreigner control and direct American Politics. Ban George Soros and MoveOn.org. They do not speak for us the speak to us.

    June 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Pete East

    MoveOn org has spoken.

    And remember this: if your not part of the solution, you’re the problem.

    June 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. judesuper

    Dems, you need to get on board the public option. You can be voted out just as easily as the repubs were.

    June 26, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Zero.

    Why? Hoax calls, that is why you don't mention names..

    They would not have believed it.

    June 26, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. C

    Good for Hagan to do what is right. And hopefully she won't succumb to blackmail. There are a lot more of her constituents that do not want to be forced down a path of having our health care problem worsen with government involvement.

    We may need to fix it but this solution is not the right solution.

    June 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. democrat no mas

    One more time, folks, the real reason behind a public option, ie. government health insurance, is not really about free heathcare for the masses or even improved healthcare for those that now have insurance. We have two programs that are in place now that are funded by taxes, but are broke. They are Social Ssecurity and Medicare. The taxes that have been collected are spent. We now need a new program, with more taxes, to pay for those programs. Any Ponzi scheme needs new money from somewhere. This Ponzi will take taxes collected for a new healthcare program, which are collected from young, healthy customers, to pay for today's SS and Medicare. The fiscal wreck and decline in decent medical care coming down the road are not our current politician's worry. They need to figure out how to pay medicare and social security (which has already been spent )to the baby boomers.

    June 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    The healthcare plan is an abortion. Pun intended.

    June 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. florida indep

    I disagree with MoveOn.org on this tactic. I would like to see all options from both parties debated and, hopefully, the best possible solution to the health care nightmare resolved. I do not favor those who only want one form or another without an open and honest examination. Health Care in this country is a travisty and we need a national policy much as we need a national policy for energy.

    June 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. gabe

    thank you again and thank god for you move on.org. see these politicans get some of the best FREE health care in the world them and their families and they want the people who's out here going broke paying DR's and hospital bills to suffer, them gov't sandbaggers and the greedy health care providers.

    June 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Phil

    Don't you just love that if a politician decides to go against the grain, you have organizations like Move On that swoop in to try to bully them into support. Love it!

    June 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Sherrol in Canada

    Good for MoveOn.........this is how you get to politicians, hit then where it hurts, in their pockets/pocket books.

    We in Ontario, Canada have, universal healthcare and are glad for and relish it. Yes, we are taxed heavily on certain things, you know, sin taxes – cigarettes & alcohol. Oh, by the way, our provincal (state) government controls our liquor and gaming industries also. Liquor can only be bought at liquor stores which have the moniker Liquor Control Board of Ontario, or as we lovingly call them, LCBO, or beer at The Beer Store (literally that's what they're called).

    Don't be alarmed or scoff at this. It's the norm here and these taxes and other monies are one way our Gov pays for our universal healthcare plus other Gov services.

    For some form of government option for healthcare to be implemented in the US, the people will have to contribute in some way and that's probably taxes – sin taxes – why not? Bankruptcy or pay more for booze or smokes? In my opinion, no contest.

    Don't know if you have any State run casinos, but that might be taken into consideration as well. Think of the revenue that can be earned and used to supplement healthcare and other gov. services.

    June 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. James from Columbia, MO

    I'm glad to see we're taking lessons in how to keep our elected officials in line with the party platform. Limbaugh has taught us the way forward – did you see how quickly she backtracked? THAT'S how you do it!

    June 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. NC=Blue in 2008

    Good for her. We need to get rid of her anyway

    June 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    If MoveOn.org is against Hagan – I support her 100%!! MoveOn needs to do exactly that and MoveOn to one of their liberal states that like them.

    June 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    move on dot org... you are something else altogether again, mind bogglingly misinformed, delusional and dip-wodd dumber than a doornail. dumb thugs.

    June 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Terry - California

    This message goes out to all members of the House ans Senate. We the People would like to have the same Healthcare Coverage you are provided, and we are willing to pay the same cost per person that you pay. Also, We the People would like to see a list of all Healthcare Provider and Pharmaceutical Company donations to your campaigns or PAC's. Trust me, an affordable Healthcare Plan can be created and offered to folks who are without coverage. If Blue Cross / Blue Shield is a Non-Profit Company, why does the company need to advertise and donate money to the members of the House and Senate?

    June 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. howie

    WOW a democrat who makes sense. Way to go Kay, keep up the good work

    June 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. jack

    Another politician who took the envelope (filled with cash) and kissed the ring of "BIG INSURANCE".
    Only she forgot who put her in office, the voters not the lobbyist with campaign donations.
    The days are over for politicians who go against the will of the public and side with big business.
    Remember, Obama proved that small donations (from voters) carry more strength than large donations from lobbyist.

    June 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    The leaders of Moveon.org should be tried for treason. They do NOT have our best interest at heart.

    June 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. WhoCares?


    They will forget if we don't threaten them with not voting for them.

    Keep it up...You are a voice of the people.

    June 26, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Christopher

    Haha, of course the 'members' contributed and volunteered for her, she had a (D) after her name.

    Too bad they didn't know anything she stood for before they fought so hard to get her in.

    Getting more people on health insurance is not the answer to the rising costs of healthcare.

    June 26, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. WhoCares?

    "Don't you just love that if a politician decides to go against the grain, you have organizations like Move On that swoop in to try to bully them into support. Love it!"

    Or..the truth :

    Don't you just love when politicians break election promises they made to their constituents and you have orgainzations like Move On that hold them to those promises"

    The answer : YES

    June 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Jim

    Like the people who have commented on this story would have supported women, Kay Hagan or the public option for health care anyway - gimme a break! Just what we need - more Limbaugh lites!

    Kay Hagan is simply being reminded by Move On and the concerned progressives who voted for her that 72% of Americans want a public option available for health care. The last thing that this country needs right now is senators without the spine to stand up to the monied special interests like the pharmaceutical industry, the big hospital conglomerates and the health insurance companies - all of whom are fighting to keep their profit machine churning out big bucks.

    June 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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