July 23rd, 2009
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

DNC to launch new ad blasting health plan opponents

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/art.dncad0723.dnc.jpg caption="The DNC will launch a new TV ad Friday taking aim at Republican critics of President Obama's health care reform plan."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is launching a new TV ad Friday that takes aim at GOP critics of President Obama's health care reform plan.

"What's the cost of not reforming health care?" asks the narrator in the 30-second spot. "Premiums rising faster than your paycheck. Insurance companies dictating more and more medical decisions. Denying you coverage while their profits soar."

"Tell Republicans the cost of doing nothing on health care is just too high," continues the narrator, as pictures of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, South Carolina Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh flash on-screen.

It's the second DNC ad in a week to treat DeMint as a major target, based on his comment that the failure of a Democratic health care reform plan would "break" the president.

The ad buy, which will run on cable television nationally and in Washington, DC, will be a minimal buy, running in the tens of thousands of dollars, according to a DNC source.

Full script after the jump

What's the cost of not reforming health care?

Premiums rising faster than your paycheck.

Insurance companies dictating more and more medical decisions.

Denying you coverage while their profits soar.

The cost of doing nothing means rising co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. Families faced with paying the mortgage or paying for health care.

But some leading Republicans, playing politics, have vowed to kill reform.

Tell Republicans the cost of doing nothing on health care is just too high.

Filed under: DNC • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Nobody seems to be making the point that people are dying because of the lack of health insurance for people who don't make enough to pay for an alternative health insurance plan and make too much to qualify for Medicaid.

    When did we as a society begin to not care that hundreds of thousands of people have died since the changes to health insurance in the early 1990's?

    July 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. tee

    What did he lie about?............explain please.......give us some examples..........You're always posting these crazy post.......with no facts to back up your claim.

    July 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. James M. Holmes

    So the Republicans aren't the problem and the Dems have enough votes to pass anything? Fine!

    Don't fillerbuster and have an "up or down vote" NeoCons! Then we will see...

    July 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Denise P Quinton

    Actually as a liflong Democrat, I totally am opposed to the method in which the Democrats are handling the healthcare issue. Between Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama, what is the rush to implement something which will affect milliions of Americans.
    I prefer the RNC plan that allows American lifelong well known insurance companies to offer better incentives for better healthcare choices.
    Having survived a stroke, I know how crucial having an MRI is in order to doctors to obtain a quick diagnosis so yes I believe in advanced medical screening options which saved my life and don't want those options taken away.
    Stop working against one another and come together, you were elected to represent your constituents dear DNC Senators so start looking at the polls and listening to opinions rather than giving healthcare to every indigent person and making middle class people pay for it. Leave Medicare alone and get back to the MediCal program President Clinton had which worked, they earned what they got or it was ceased.
    I have so had it with President Obama and his childish insistent method of wanting everything without considering the consequences to the American deficit.

    July 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Let's be honest: Some Republicans are actually in there contributing to the discussion AND getting listened to (160 Republican Amendments ring a bell?). It's slightly disingenuous for us to claim that they're ALL contributing zero, because SOME are actually in there doing their job, like Snowe and a few others. However, it's a downright lie for the worst fo the GOPers to be claiming that nothing they say or do gets listened to or that they get short shrift. The MediPac idea wouldn't be in there if that were true...and if it wasn't, the Mayo Clinic apparently wouldn't have come around to supporting the plan.

    Don't be fooled by the GOP's superficial bluster. They're just trying to anger the "base" to get more fundraising accomplished, i.e., they're USING YOU.

    July 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    That's strange, all of the Republicans in the add are not for the status quo. Thet all support reform, but not reform that is a government takeover and adds cost to business and adds to the national deficit.
    What a waste of money. It is right minded Dems who are blocking passage, not the currently powerless Republicans. In just 6 months the Dems are proving to be bigger idiots than the previous Republican administration.

    July 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. lied to

    I am a democrat and I BLAST the DNC for blasting the GOP.

    Tax health benefits.
    That is the best way to go. And tha twas GOP plan! McCain's plan.

    Obama is lying to me and the rest of the country and a public plan WILL force me in to VA-like care. Trust me, it ain't good.

    I wish would read Femisex.com story on Obama Health Care Reform is Like Bush's War on Terror–no one know WHAT it means!
    This is a great recap of the problems in Obama's no plan, plan.

    July 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. ib

    Acting like little spoiled brats. Play ball my way or I will take my ball and go home. So go already you are destroying this country King Obama.

    July 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Ash in AL

    *rolls eye*

    Republicans are NOT playing politics. This is a serious issue and this current mess of a bill is going to affect just about ALL Americans. NOT just a few.

    This is not a issue that needs to be rushed. When the CBO issues out disturbing numbers about the cost of this program and the Democrats can't come up with an effective means of paying for it... DELAYING and redesigning the bill is the RIGHT thing to do.

    July 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. The Judge

    They need to blast whoever came up with this idiotic plan to start with.More acorn propaganda to provide healthcare for free. just something for the far left morons to blog about.

    July 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. John

    It never ceases to amaze me that the very people who have spent years destroying what was the greatest country on earth still have the nerve and the gall to complain about a president who clearly has the best interest of ordinary Americans at heart. It's obvious that the scum complaining on here about Obama trying to stop the crooked health care mafia from continuing to rob and bankrupt our country have a vested interest in keeping everything the same. It is either that or they are so stupid that they cannot see what is so obvious, big business has taken over this country and bought the majority of our politicaians. Wake up America and take our country back now.

    July 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    Hey Obama – give up your platinum healthcare and sign-up for whatever congress gives America.

    Oh that's right... you're too impoooortant.

    "Do as I say, not as I do" politics.

    July 23, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. John

    The republicans are the real special interests gutting America. It's the republican businessmen that buy wheelchairs from the manufacturer for $395 and then lease them to Medicare for $1200/month.

    No, they don't want this system changed.

    July 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Deb-Ohio

    Health Care Reform is needed, and needed now! I don't think any indiidual from either party would dispute that if asked. I am employed by a small business, and health care is the one thing that truly is about to bankrupt it! Our employer is gracious enough to split the cost 50% with us, but that is still way too much. In the past 3 years alone, we have seen our insurance preminums increase 11%, 18%, and this year a whopping 21%! Even with price comparisons with different companies there was no decrease. We had to finally choose a lesser plan than we have had in 11 years. These are not choices small businesses should have to make. Our employees shouldn't have to make a decision to not take insurance because they can't afford the 50%! I don't hear any countries who have a public health plan in place complaining or scrambling to get one like ours? Do you?

    July 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Albert

    GOP is Against Obama’s State Provided Health Care because:

    1. GOP Supports a Free Market Economy, which is Unregulated, so that the Crooks, Scoundrels, Rascals and Criminals have Leverage to Amass Wealth by Scamming, Duping and Defrauding others.
    2. In our Country, Every Profession is Regulated and a License is required. Doctors, Lawyers, Contractors, Nurses, etc. etc.. Everyone needs a License and is regulated by Ethical and Professional Conduct. Why are there no Ethical and Professional Conduct rules for Insurance Companies, Banking, Businesses?
    3. Because of the Unregulated Mortgage Subprime Lending, We are in such a Mess today.
    4. Wall Street Executives took Bonuses from Bailout Money, which are Tax dollars.
    5. Bank of America Executives took Private Jet Rides and Vacations with Bailout Money, which are Tax dollars.
    6. Why should these Organizations be bailed out when they are Unregulated. AIG, GM, Bank of America have all taken Bailout Money. Are any Executives of these companies licensed like Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Contractors? No they are not.
    7. GOP supports Crime, Crookery, Anarchy, Lawlessness, Loot, Plunder, Extortion, which is exactly what was happening in the last 8 years................................................................................

    July 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Keep it Real

    For all you anti- socialism people out there, why don't you give up your social(wow, go figure) security, medicare and medicade benefits right now! Oh, you want to keep them? Sounds to me like you're a socialist. Does that make any sense clowns?

    C'mon, first learn what socialism is before you speak about it! America has implemented socialist programs since its inception. Give the country some alternatives or shut up.

    July 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. TY

    Anyone else notice last night that he would not answer the question about whether or not Congress would take the same health care coverage. He won't answer the question because he knows the answer is NO and if it is not good enough for them then it is not good enough for US. We do need health reform but we don't need it the way they are considering it. Taking from one group of people to give to another is SOCIALIST no mater which way you slice it. I for one am totally fed up with all of these socialist programs. I finally figured out last night that what BO is truly against is people making a profit. I guess all businesses should be not for profit!!! Lets see how well that works.

    July 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. single mom

    Last time I checked, the Democratic Party had the majority in the House and the Senate. If the leader of their party (hint, that is usually the President if they have the White House) had control of his party, then he wouldn't need to go playing the blame game. But he doesn't so he says it is all the Republican Party's fault that he can't get his bill through.
    None of the politicians in DC seem to realize that Americans are tired of bills being rammed through when it's glaringly obvious that no one has had time to read them. The President was asked about it and had to admit he wasn't familiar with it. Excuse me? I thought this was HIS bill. You mean he doesn't know what's in it?
    Game over.

    July 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Mark

    Let's see the Dem's control the House and the Senate, they don't need a single Reb vote to pass it... How is this Rebuplican's fault?

    Wow Obama is really on the ropes, isn't he

    July 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. MatthewDetroit

    The goverment needs to stay out of health care.
    It is NOT a goverment issue.
    We do not need the VA hospital as a national healthcare.
    The ELDERLY will suffer disproportionally.
    We can not afford the costs.
    We can not afford the loss of our freedoms and our choices.
    The goverment is NOT good at anything. They should stay out.
    Tell your congressmen and senators NO.

    July 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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