July 23rd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

HCAN, AFSCME turn sights on critics of Obama plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/art.alexander.hcan.jpg caption="HCAN and AFSCME are taking aim at critics of the Obama plan."](CNN) - Health Care for America Now and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who favor President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, are switching their focus from potential congressional swing votes to staunch opponents, announcing a half-million dollar ad buy Thursday that targets some key GOP critics of the legislation.

"Republicans intent on killing reform for political gain need to be held accountable for their actions," said Richard Kirsch, Health Care for America Now's national campaign director.

The spots - updated versions of the group's election-year "Fighter" ad featuring a cancer survivor - will run for the next five days in areas represented by Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and seven Republican congressmen, including David Camp of Michigan, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dave Reichert of Washington, Mark Souder of Indiana, Pat Tiberi of Ohio, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, and John Shadegg of Arizona, who introduced a GOP health insurance reform bill last week that HCAN says would make it easier for companies to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Last week, HCAN and AFSCME made another six-figure buy aimed at half a dozen Democratic members of Congress and two senators whose support for the final version of the health care reform bill is in question.

Filed under: Health care • Political ads
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I couldn't agree with Mr. Kirsch more.

    Thru the financial crisis and now thru health care reform the Republicans have treated these problems like political footballs–Like their reelections come before the needs of the American people. And they're so transparent and blatant about it.

    We sent them to Washington to represent us.

    I'm in John Boehner's district and I'm already campaigning against him. Boehner's ties with special interests go back to 1995 with his connections to Big Tobacco and Sallie Mae.

    It's time the people of this country take our country back.

    July 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Mike O

    Uhh, he doesn't need GOP members to pass this. The problem is a number of Democrats are just as horrified at the ill as the rest of us.

    July 23, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Go ahead and waste your money on these ads! The majority of Americans already realize that we can not afford this due to the waste of money on the stimulus program and bailouts!! These two organizations need to get a reality check!!!!

    July 23, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. RealityKing

    Wheres the money coming from CNN? America wants to know who these hypocrist are spending millions of dollars promoting another inefficient government run system that can't possibly offer better service!

    July 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Henry Miller

    Of course the self-serving leeches of AFSCME want Obamacare! These parasites produce nothing and do nothing but harass the rest of us with impenetrable government rules and regulations and miles of red tape, all of which they demand we pay them for. Obamacare is nothing to them but yet another opportunity to suck more blood from people who actually work for a living.

    One of the "repeated injuries and usurpations" of King George cited in the Declaration of Independence as a justification for declaring independence from England was, "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance." Now, 239 years later, we're hip-deep again in swarms of bureaucrats.

    It's time, and past, to put an end to huge, wasteful, intrusive, government, and a good Step One in doing that is to reject utterly any further intrusion by government into health care. Medicare is a disaster and is a model of the vastly greater disaster awaiting the country if Obamacare is imposed on us.

    July 23, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. David from WI

    Unions getting political.

    NOOOOOO it isn't possible.

    A UNION that SUPPORTED Obama going after critics.

    That is so typical and usual that it is almost unbelievable.

    (wonder how much money these groups received from or were promised from the administration. At one time the press would have 'investigated' not just commented but we will never know will we? They don't look at the unions any more (not since RFK went after after organized crime and the corruption of the unions that is)

    July 23, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Fla.

    Too many Republicans are playing games with healthcare while Americans are suffering under a system that is not working.

    These Republicans continue to represent their corporate insurance & pharmaceutical interests, and it will consequently end up being the GOP's "Waterloo," as more are exposed to be voted out in 2010.

    Americans deserve representation for OUR interests & well-being by getting these healthcare reforms passed once and for all.

    July 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. the southern progressive

    anyone know where i can find a list of senators who have recieved money from health care related lobbyist.. i think we really need to know who opinion has been influenced with money so that we can take what they say with a grain of salt.. anyone? or is that too transparent a government for the American people.

    lobbyist and special interest groups will be the downfall of America. we need to know who is getting what to help explain why some senators say the things they do.

    July 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. notfooledtx

    "Republicans intent on killing reform for political gain need to be held accountable for their actions,"

    Spot on. Too many on the right are taking this on as a way to score political point – like it's a game. I wish they'd grow up and do the job they were elected to do...you know, for the people, not themselves or the republican party.

    July 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Stuffit

    a GOP health insurance reform bill last week that HCAN says would make it easier for companies to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

    I doubt they've even read it or the other bill that's in the house now. Their assessment is most likely based on picking sides and not evaluating the contents of the packages. In essence, they like the Dem sales pitch better, therefore, the product must certainly be better.

    That's like buying a car from your brother-in-law for the same price you could get it from the guy down the street for. But you'd rather "keep it in the family" and choose the Yugo over the Civic.

    July 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    Health Care for America Now and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Sounds like an offshoot of ACORN.

    If we have to have this health care plan rammed down our throats than I want Obama and his fellow democrats enrolled in the same plan. There must be something wrong with this health care plan of Obama's that they had to write in an exemption for themselves.

    July 23, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Proud Member..Party of No

    Opposition of Der Fuhrer Obama will NOT be tolerated!

    July 23, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I'm an expert on everything

    It's OK for liberals to run these ads, but if conservatives do they should be trashed in these blogs!!

    July 23, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. True

    People are not asking for a handout, they are asking for help. For a party that claims to be 'conservative', it amazes me how little regard for life they actually have, be it wars, poor health care, gun control, the list goes on and on.

    It's time to remove ALL lobbyists from Washington. When you have a job that pays 6 figures and your take home pay is high 7 figures, I think people would LOVE to figure out the math on that. I say it's time to set term limits, make these people actually earn the salary they draw AND NOTHING ELSE. And it's time to let them find their own health care since it's a privilege in their eyes...they work for us, and face it most employers are doing away with it, so lets follow suit and do the same for them. We need to go to a public system of campaign funds and set aside a percentage to be divided evenly between the party's nominations to run to do away with 'contributions' period. The only people being represented in this country are corporations. Enough is enough.

    July 23, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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