July 18th, 2009
04:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama political team turns its sights on House Dems

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/15/art.obamaad.cnn.jpg caption="OFA's spot targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans."] WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama’s political team is expanding its ad buy pressuring lawmakers to support the administration’s health care plan, adding 15 more markets as the president’s August target date for congressional passage of the package nears.

The 30-second TV ad from Organizing for America, the president’s political arm at the Democratic National Committee, is already airing in eight states - Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio – represented by moderate Republican and conservative Democratic senators the White House needs on board for any vote on the massive health care overhaul.

"It's Time" will now begin airing in the Savannah, Palm Springs, Seattle, Nashville, Bloomington, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Little Rock, Columbus, Marquette, Grand Rapids and Medford media markets, according to the DNC – all areas within districts represented by members of Congress who are viewed as swing votes on a key committee weighing the president’s plan. Four-fifths of those lawmakers are Democrats.

The ad - which features ordinary Americans relating health insurance difficulties they’ve faced - does not mention legislators by name, but does ask viewers to call Capitol Hill, and provides the telephone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard.

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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. T Mckinley

    Hey dittoheads, I have news for you. You are paying too much for the private, free-market, consumer-based health care plan that you have right now, and may be dropped from in the future when you can no longer afford it.

    And guess what? The CEOs who are running these consumer-raping health care plans are laughing themselves all the way to the bank with everyone's $$$$$$$$$$$$.

    July 18, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. skip


    Whoa, I think it's time for your meds.

    Maybe when President Obama and the other Democrats gets this health care bill passed, you'll finally be able to get the help you so obviously need.

    Until then, I suggest you get lots of rest. It will be okay. Really it will.

    July 18, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Common Sense

    Aren't our representatives elected to represent us, the constituents? Putting pressure on them to vote the party line gives us taxation without representation. They need to listen to their voters, not Nancy Pelosi. She is nutty as a fruitcake anyway. She needs to go while we still have a country that is not in full revolution.

    July 18, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. T Mckinley

    How can I become a filthy rich big insurance or big pharma CEO?

    I want to be one of the very few who will be able to afford a private, free-market, consumer-based health care plan in a few years if we don't succeed in passing health care reform.

    July 18, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Anne-Marie

    Dear God, I read your comments and you are all a big bunch of cry-babies. Did you really think that everything was going to be perfect after 6 months...

    I'm an atheist but I least I recognize that you all, with your fake religious beliefs, have absolutely no faith in anyone except in the almighty dollar. This will be your downfall in the end.

    July 18, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Amazing how many ill-informed (ignorant) posters are out today. Repeating the standard GOP talking points doesn't exhibit knowledge on the subject. Calling the President names doesn't bolster your case either. Where were all you whiners about our deficit when Bush led us into a trillion (and counting) dollar illegal war in Iraq? Where is all the outrage over all that money that could've been used to fund health care? In the last 10 years, my health care plan has quadrupled in cost. At least a public option, not "takeover" as the Neo-cons would imply, would give the private sector competion and force them to moderate their prices to be competitive. The insurance and pharma companies have the country by the balls, and it's up to us to get them to let go. No public option means these companies can continue to plow us all into financial oblivion.

    July 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Joe

    I support the President on health care, but the political reality is that lots of House Democrats are from swing or marginal Republican districts. If the White House pushes too hard, we could see several vulnerable Democrats lose in the next election cycle, thus given the President a more Republican Congress to have to deal with. The White House staff needs to remember the lessons of 1993 (leading up to the 1994 "contact on America" stunt) that left President Clinton with a GOP-held House (and eventually Senate) that he had to deal with for the rest of his time in office. The campaign showed great patience in winning the election. They need to show the same level of patience in passing their agenda (less they risk it all be losing seats in Congress).

    July 18, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Russell, NC

    Apparently, Obama thinks a deadline is more important than the welfare of the country.

    July 18, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. a health economist

    @ patrick from Seattle,

    Of course they are passing on the expenses to you. That's how capitalism works. The same thing happens when uninsured people go to the ER and don't pay their bills. It gets writen off as bad debt and the loss gets passed on to those with insurance. We've been paying for the uninsured for decades.

    July 18, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Ohio D

    With his ratings falling off and even Congressional Dems pushing back on his aggressive plans, Obama's whirlwind of taxing and spending may be coming to an end. I voted for the man and I am growing more concerned with every speech... or rather his non-stop continuous never-ending campaign.

    July 18, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Dave

    Hi CNN,
    I keep seeing news reports about President Obama's health care plan. But the only thing I read about is how some Democrats and Republicans are not happy about the health care plan, and how this is all suppose to affect President Obama's agenda etc,etc. Could you provide an objective report on what the health care plan is about? If there's already a report, could you prominently include the link in your other news reports related to the health care plan? thank you.

    July 18, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Steve C

    I'm a little confused but doesn't it sound like the "president’s political arm at the Democratic National Committee" is a propaganda instrument. I guess I am naive to believe that something as important as these massive bills should be argued on merits and not crammed down the throats of the politicians districts. F Obama.

    July 18, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. The Constitutionalist

    With all due respect, people need to stop arguing about this as an "Us vs Them", evil conservative, self-serving Blue Dog, crazy liberal issue. This is a constitutional issue. No where in the Constitution does it guarantee health care for all. If anything the Constitution seems to point to a state by state solution per the 10th Amendment.

    In the interest of full disclosure I am not an advocate of any sort of national health care program run or administered by the federal government. It is not a right, nor should it be. That being said, there is a way for those who feel it should be a protected and guaranteed to do so.

    Boys and girls, it;s called a Constitutional Amendment. Have 2/3 of the Senate and 2/3 of the House vote in the affirmative supporting it. Then have 3/4 of the states ratify it either through state legislatures or ballot initiatives and, POOF, you have your federally provided, constitutionally guaranteed health care system.

    If we're going to give what constitutionally should be our weakest level of government the power over our health care and our wallets, shouldn't we at least ask them to go about it the right way?

    Just a thought.

    July 18, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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