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.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. rp

    Follow the money ! Jon Kyl took 1.6 million from health care in 2008 and Insurance, Mitch McConnell took 1.7 in 2008 on and on.

    If Senators don't want government health care for Americans they should give up their government health PAID by Americans

    Why is it ok for Republicans to get the best health care but not the average American ?

    June 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. darko

    public option will kill health care as we know it.

    It's been tried and tested in many wealthy nations and FAILED. Those same nations are trying to get the private sector involved again before the country goes bankrupt over it.


    June 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Better dead than RED

    democratnomas writes: 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.

    ALL insurance works that way nimrod!!!

    June 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Love it when Liberals start to eat their own..... MoveOn is so far outside the mainstream, they won't be happy until every American is broke.

    June 26, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. MLH

    Through taxes, we pay for the health insurance that federal employees (representatives, senators) receive. Shouldn't at least that level of care be provided to those who pay taxes? That may take a public option.

    June 26, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. cedgar

    I see a poll information stated here on this blog
    72% want a Public op.
    One question Who's poll?
    Last a looked the country is divided about even on this whole matter
    Most wanting it to wait until the economy is improved!
    I do not want ANY more bill passed WITHOUT BEING REVIEWED

    June 26, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Bill

    MoveOn and Acorn, two peas in a pod that will push for government DO ALL.......Socialism

    June 26, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Wil from Chicago

    72% of the American Public Support a Public Option...what are the 28% of you scared of?

    June 26, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Craig in NC

    I didn't vote for her but I agree with her on this one. The public option will be cheaper because all they have to do is print money and move some TARP funds around to pay the bill. Of course, that might work for 7 to 10 years before it collapses but by then there won't be a good market for private health insurance any more.

    June 26, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Chris D.

    That's right check these Senators......America wants a public option as a choice!!

    June 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Denna

    What's up with these politicians not wanting to try the public option in some way or form? Are they all in the tank to the private insurance companies? For people who insist that they don't want anyone rationing their health care, your health care is already rationed by the insurance companies. They are not in business to help you; they are in business to make a profit. They hire people whose only job is to find ways to deny claims. I have seen these people on television after they grown a conscience. I can not see how government insurance would be worse. After all, Senator Hagan and the rest of our elected officials seem to be doing okay with taxpayer paid health care. If it was that bad they would buy their own.

    June 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Dorothea

    Our senator needs to be reminded that she is the employee of the people. When she stated we have not taken the public option of the table my question is 'who is the we', the insurance companies?

    June 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Bingo

    Message from MoveOn.org to Senator Hagan - We bought and paid for you, now we expect you to do as we say. Once bought, you stay bought.

    June 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Proud Member..Party of No

    The brownshirts are enforcing Der Fuhrer Obama's commands and opposition WILL NOT be tolerated!

    June 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Claire

    Move-On is nothing but a bunch of thugs and bullies.

    June 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Greg

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

    And the problem with that is?? Sounds like a major benefit to me!

    June 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Carroll

    Good! The people who elected her are not happy. Public option is the only way to keep the price of health care fair. Like the other democrats who say one thing, then do something else. Support the American public option...

    June 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I would think it would be an honor to be targeted by such a worthless, socialist organization that is dedicated to making George Soros rich. These people should be investigated for treason after the "Petraeus Betray Us" crap they pulled. Must be run by communists or morons.

    June 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Jack in Des Moines

    I don't understand why CNN posted this story. It does have one negative thing to say about Governor Sarah Palin? I thought that was a requirement of The National Enquierer…..er…. I mean CNN

    June 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Bill Sampson

    A public option is essential to ensure every American access to quality and affordable health care. Politicians who oppose the will of over 70% of the American people should suffer the consequences. There is no legitimate reason for opposition, unless they are really on the side of health insurance companies that don't want the competition.

    Health insurance companies are a scourge on society. They, of course, no more deliver health care than your auto insurer builds cars. They create enormous bureaucracies whose only purpose is to figure out how do deny coverage or to deny claim payments. Then they spend billions on marketing, on political bribery (excuse me, I mean campaign contributions) and huge bonuses paid to executives who are compensated for successfully figuring out how to charge the highest premiums possible and then deny coverage to anyone who may get sick and deny claims of those whom they do insure. Again, they have nothing to do with the actual delivery of any kind of health care. Their existence takes billions of dollars of health care money away from actual health care delivery. They represent nothing more than a tragic waste of resources and this country can no longer afford them.

    June 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. minan59

    Thank you MoveOn .org. Please keep the good work.

    June 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. andy

    MoveOn is a joke. What they stand for is a joke. I guess if you don't bow down the great TAXER obama and agree to every socialist move, them the left nuts of MoveOn go on the attack.

    June 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Tina, NC


    I've been sending emails to Hagan and my other Reps. (a lot of good it will do) saying that I will NOT volunteer for, donate too, or vote for her or any elected official in NC that doesn't support a public option.

    During the campaign she supported a public option and got elected in NC because of people like me who supported the Democrats and I'm sick of these politicians going back on their promises because some lobbyist or big corp. is lining their pockets.

    June 26, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Paul from Phoenix

    Wow. This is a similar tactic that the Religious Right uses. Of course, when that happens, people complain that the GOP is beholdent to a fringe group.

    Apparently, if you have a D next to your name, watch out! You are now beholdent to a fringe group.

    June 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Beth

    What's this?!!?!! An article that's not closed for commenting by the time I'm home from work?!?!??? There's a first time for everything, I guess

    June 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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