July 1st, 2009
11:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Landrieu the latest senator to face TV pressure over public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/01/art.moveonad.cnn.jpg caption="A new TV ad continues MoveOn’s campaign to pressure Landrieu over a public option."](CNN) - Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing new pressure from liberal groups pushing for a public health insurance option.

A coalition that includes MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Change Congress released a 60-second television ad Wednesday highlighting contributions from insurance companies and other industry interests to the Louisiana Democrat.

"For me, this issue's personal," says breast cancer survivor Karen Gadbois in the ad, which is slated to run in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans media markets for the next week. "So when I see Mary Landrieu take $1.6 million from health and insurance companies, I have to ask: Whose side are you on?"

The ad flashes the number for Landrieu's Senate office in Washington, urging viewers to tell her to "support the public, not her insurance backers."

The groups did not reveal the size of the buy.

The new spot is the latest element of a weeks-long campaign aimed at Landrieu and other senators who have expressed skepticism about or opposition to a public option as Congress weighs a massive overhaul of the nation's health care system. The effort has already included state-level phone campaigns, Web and radio ads.

Last week, MoveOn announced a similar ad campaign targeting Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina. The group is already running spots aimed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Landrieu is also facing pressure from the right. Conservatives for Patients Rights, which opposes President Obama's health care plan, has gone on the airwaves in a dozen states - including Louisiana - that are represented by conservative Democrats or moderate Republicans viewed as possible swing votes. The spots urge viewers to call on their senators to reject any government-run option.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Simmy

    If Landrieu can't support her constituents they should no longer support her.....She has not been effective so far anyway.......It's time for a change.....

    July 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    How about get rid of the lobbiest and have term limits. That would help out with the corruption. Also, healthcare insurance is NOT a right under the constitution.

    July 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. concerned

    Typical Fascist bullying tactics by the far left....and king obama! Obama and his minions want government control of everything....Obama is just like Chavez! Wake up obamabots

    July 1, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. John in Rochester MN

    Regardless of your take on this, you have to agree that it's nice to see MoveOn.org going after the issues, not just sticking to party lines. Also, keep in mind that everybody in Congress has a public option (or "socialized medicine" as the scare-mongers like to call it). If it's good enough for them, shouldn't it be good enough for their constituents?

    July 1, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. LacrosseMom

    The Medical Lobbies, will be working long and hard to promote their cause! They do not want Americans to have healthcare. They do not want a fair and equitable system.

    There will be lots of ads, propaganda and fear mongering from those opposed to offering healthcare to every American who needs it!

    Isn't it ironic that they people yelling the loudest against Obama's healthcare plan are the rich and powerful??? And they are the one's lying to and fooling the naive among us!

    Not only Mary Landrieu BUT EVERY member of Congress will have to answer to America WHY they did not do the right thing with healthcare!

    Fact: As many as .......78%...... of Americans filing bankruptcy do so because of healthcare costs!


    July 1, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Lauren

    I think all congress people need to be reminded that medicare and medicaid are government run programs. Also, each of them (senators and congress people) have medical benifits for life, paid for by the government. Which means we are paying for their health care.

    July 1, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Matt in MN

    Man, for all the people up in arms over the 1.6m Landrieu received, you'd think they would really be upset about the millions Obama received from various companies and places like AIG, or the UAW....

    July 1, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Jim Doyle

    We really need to have public campaign financing. All of our congress members, from both sides of the aisle, are forced to be in permanent fundraising mode because campaigns cost so much to run. Landrieu's no worse than the rest of them, and the insurance companies are no worse than the defense contractors, the banking and finance industry, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, the telecommunications industries and others who gain influence by helping these poor saps in congress raise money. For the most part, they're not raising money for themselves, they're raising it to finance their campaigns which are more and more expensive. I'd rather throw a trillion at financing campaigns than at Wall St., and let these folks get back to doing what they're supposed to be doing, without the influence of any special interest.

    July 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Tony - FLA

    If your freedom is worth your security then why do you live in this country? Why are so many of you will to give up on that which I served for. You want to know what a government option looks like go check out your local VA Hospital. I don't mean that as a slight to the doctors and the nurses, my issue is with the administration that controls it, that through $$$ limits the care that Vets receive and that is only because that is the only way that it can survive. The VA took on to much when it started giving us Vets primary care instead of just treating our service connected disabilities. Now I hear from my fellow citizens that they want to follow the same path, how sad. What happened to personal responsibility? Please stop destroying that what many have fought and died for.

    July 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Right Trash

    I don't understand why people are still resisting national healthcare. When I see these quaint GOP ads about not letting "bureaucracy" take over patient/doctor decisions, I just laugh.

    We already have a bureaucracy making decisions for us now-it's your health insurance company. My doc is constantly coding and re-coding diagnoses before submitting cases to insurance companies as he needs to make sure his patients receive the appropriate treatment (and yes, this means he sometimes has to stretch the truth.)Why are the insurance companies so afraid of a national plan? Isn't the republican way to encourage the free market and competition? And, so what if one or two of the insurance companies go out of business? I'm guessing anyone opposed to national healthcare has never had a serious illness in their family; if they did, they'd have a whole new insight into the issue.

    Let's be consistent, if the republicans don't want national healthcare, they should try to abolish Medicare as well.

    July 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    1 in 5 Americans believe the public option will benefit them.

    Ironically.., 1 in 5 Americans will be also be dumped from their small company insurance plans and forced into the government run system.

    July 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Jefe

    Health Insurance should only exist as non-profit entities, whether they are private or public. The profit-motive in the health insurance industry benefits only the health insurance industry, not the consumer. The business model just plain doesn't support it. At a projected 110% of our GDP by 2020, the industry is CLEARLY broken

    July 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. demwit

    Only morons think the public option will be the equalivalent of the "Congressional" option..

    July 1, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. annie s

    Bravo! Keep the heat on these selfish and self serving politicians who would rather have contributions from the insurance lobby than serve the American people. A government public option is imperative to ensure that the self employed, those over 50 and those with pre-existing conditions will have access to care, and it's the only way we can force the for-profit insurers to lower premium costs.

    July 1, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    The Veterns Administration is a government run healthcare system. And a very poorly run healthcare system at that. You know.., the same system that just exposed 100's of thousands of veterns to HIV/AIDS because of its complete inability to follow everyday clean standards during simple procedures..., NO THANKS OBAMA!!

    July 1, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Harry

    American Health Care Industry is a Mafia, Scam, Scheme for Plunder.

    American Health Care should be controlled by Government.

    American Health Care Crooks, Scoundrels and Thugs should be in Jail.

    American Health Care Should follow the pattern of UK Health Care.

    July 1, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. katiec

    The republicans did try to destroy Medicare when they voted in their prescription plan, with no funding, and a stipulation that there could not be competitive pricing on drugs.
    Destroying Medicare was their goal. And, in the process Middle
    Class America.

    July 1, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. RH

    Modern America is an oligarchy. It is run by and for the rich.

    July 1, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Reformed Republican

    These conservative and/or blue dog dems are nothing more than rethuglicants in panties.
    They take big insurance and pharma PAC money then vote against whats good and fair for the public safety and welfare. In return, they offer us "I'll be a-prayin' for ya" and "God bless America" instead of real world solutions to our health care needs.
    So, GO GETTEM' MoveOn! These slimey politicos need the wake up call and their constituents need to know how they are getting screwed by them!

    July 1, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Florence

    Two things. First, take the money out of politics. Second, keep up with the good work of publishing the names of our so called Democrat Representatives that are owned by the big corporations. May be in the next election people would be wiser and not elect them no more.

    July 1, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Mack

    No other industrialized nation in the free world wants our healthcare system. None.

    July 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Totally turned off ex-democrat

    Our government is "Big Business", and a very poorly manged one. I work in a clinic/medical billing office and see on a daily basis what kind of disaster we are fixing to be force fed. If you buy into this "Public Plan only if you want it" crap then you deserve to be without medical care. This isn't about giving everyone health insurance. This is about taxing everyone so the government has the money necessary to finance the upcoming baby boomers retirement (Social Security) and Medicare.

    July 1, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    When you have a "fee for service" insurance system in place (Medicare), the very design of the system is wide open for fraud and abuse. How do you think companies that sell those power chairs and scooters on TV stay in business? They take advantage of nuances in the Medicare system (in this case, durable medical equipment). Don't worry... if your doctor won't write you a prescription for one of our scooters or power chairs, call us! One of our staff physicians will gladly write you a prescription, and we'll bill Medicare on your behalf.

    July 1, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Tarheel

    We need to get rid of those Democrats who are not willing to raise taxes on everybody so that everybody can have Health Insurance. Whats a few extra thousand in higher taxes gonna hurt lower and middle income people? All good patriotic people should be willing to pay alot more taxes so their neighbors can have health benefits.

    July 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    How about reporting the little known amendment that Ted Kennedy slipped into the Health Care bill which exempts Congress from having to use the same health care plan that Obama and the Dems are trying to cram down our throats?

    If it's good enough for the nation than surely they should be the first to sign up for the coverage to set the example for the rest of us.

    July 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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