June 26th, 2009
02:52 PM ET
14 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. Brian in AZ

    "Public option" is a misnomer. It's like entering a demolition derby with an M1 Abrams tank: it's not an "option" to win against the tank.

    government run insurance is not an option because (1) all Americans end up paying for it through higher taxes (they get NO option concerning this...taxes are, by the way, LAW) and (2) because lawmakers, pushed onward with a desire to win future elections will continue to pump money into this think until it outperforms the private insurance providers who are unable to run up trillionsof dollars in debt or force payment on 300 million citizens like the fed can. Liberty ends when people learn they can vote themselves funds from the rest of the population.

    72% agree with a public option because 72% of the people polled were not aware it's a fallacy.

    June 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    I think it's time for Move-On to move on. This organization is nothing but a bunch of idiots. No sane person who actually reads and understands the true ramifications of nationalized health care could support it. My guess that the people who support it are the type that are afraid of hard work. My advice to you is SHUT UP and take care of your own life. Quit looking into my wallet to support your lazy a _ _.

    June 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Stick with it Kay.....

    you're right--the Commies at Moveon.org are wrong.

    June 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Tim

    It's great to see that CNN, with all their rightwing neocon bias is actually allowing the people to be heard!

    June 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Obamofsky will soon have us all.....

    wearing hammer and sickle emblems on our sleeves.....

    Doesn't moveon.org know that Communisism failed.......???

    June 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Why are we bringing Communism back????

    Didn't the wall come down or did I miss something?????

    June 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Shonie

    Where is this 72% number coming from? Theres an important fact in statistics that is ignored by most pollsters. It is extremely important to have an even polling demographic. When 72% of those polled support obama, this does not actually represent a clear picture..Obama did not win 72% of the vote...last I checked it was 53%....hmmmm...

    June 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. PeteSLA

    Darn tootin'! I won't be happy until my health care is as good as our public schools, public housing or the DMV. Only the government can provide a certain level of service. It's gonna be great!

    June 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Austin

    I'm glad they're not only targeting Republicans. Moderate Democrats need to get the message, too. The public option is something that needs to AT LEAST by discussed as a serious option rather than brushing it under the matt because it's politically dangerous. I'm especially happy about this after her lame justification for allowing concealed weapons in national parks. I'm starting to think Hagan is a Democrat in name only.

    June 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Stu in L.A.

    Hey Jack in Des Moines,

    Don't be a whiner! If you think CNN is such a lousy new source, why do you log on? Fixed News has a website, too.

    June 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Finally, at least one Senator with sense enough to find their way to work and back home. I only hope that there's enough more that can see this for the boondoggle that it really is, and vote against it. Cost will go through the roof and the deficits will finish bankrupting the nation.

    June 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Save America

    It's blackmail Kay......don't fall for it.
    No one but obama wants this health care crap!

    June 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Fla.

    I may not always agree with MoveOn, but they are correct here, considering most Americans (72%) want a public option as part of healthcare reform.

    June 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Fla.


    You obviously have a computer. Please Google the percentage of 72% of Americans wanting a public option to compete with private insurers for better care, including 50% of Republicans.

    June 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Dominic

    When the DNC and Kay Hagan asked for our help we stepped up and gave our time and money. With healthcare for all listed #1 IN THE DNC AGENDAS COLUMN there is something with a so called Democrat not supporting true healthcare reform. We will watch her vote and vote accordingly on her next election!

    June 26, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. dan

    the problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money

    June 26, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. dan

    a government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

    June 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    It's about time we went after these spineless Dems who choose to be influenced by their own political ambitions (inc. gifts from lobbyists) rather than doing the right thing for the people of this country! ANd to all of you right-wing cretins who are parroting the Republican talking points about 'Government run health-care', why don't you think for yourselves for a change and ask yourselves if the privately owned insurance companies have ever looked out for the interests of the people they are meant to be serving rather than their own profits!

    June 26, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Marcos

    Bush got the government out of the way on banking, law enforcement, health care, and even tried with Blackwater to get it out of Military operations.

    Yet somehow government spending went up in those areas. This suppossed "Free Market" was rigged from the beggining. If the "Free Market" is so great, how come all of these companies and more are needing billions from the government to stay afloat?

    June 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. D. Tree

    Its time for REAL health care reform, not more dabbling.

    The vast majority of Americans support a public option – the question is will the politicians do their jobs and represent us?

    June 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. David in West Virginia

    If Senator Hagen was elected with the belief that she would support her constituents desires for health care and she fails to back the efforts, then she should be outed and let the voters have their say as to whether they want her to continue her office or not!

    June 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Denna

    So if public health care is okay for our senators and congressmen, why isn't it good enough for us?

    June 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. andy

    why would it would hurt private insurance companies? because it's better and more people would choose it? um, isn't that a good thing?

    June 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Marc

    Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have doubled in the last 9 years, a rate 3 times faster than cumulative wage increases.

    And yet we hear the same old tired dog story from the Repubs.
    "We cant have public healthcare! That would be CRAZY! That would be Socialism!" "Socialism is scary commie stuff!"

    Pull your head out of the sand. Just because the fat cat Repub politicians want to keep big Medicine status quo so rich people can get richer does not mean you need to lock-step in line with them.

    They do not care one lick about you. Havent you figured that out by now?

    June 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Willy Brown

    Move on + democrats = communists

    June 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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