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. Obama Victim

    too little too late...this thing is D A O.................Obama did not even mrntion the public option last night.................let it go

    July 23, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Enough

    Quit blaming Republicans!! Democrats control everything, if this doesn't pass it is because some of the Democrats have some common sense and will do the right thing and vote AGAINST it!

    Nothing should be passed until the details are worked out. Haven't they learned anything from their rushed through failed stimulus bill?

    July 23, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Deb

    It is about time these ads ran in the districts where these politicians were elected. Let their constituents see what they oppose and that all they do is grand stand and posture before the cameras. Let the constituents see why they are the party of "NO".

    July 23, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Kelby In Houston, TX

    GO GET'EM!!!
    Don't stop until victory is won!
    We can get universal healthcare
    And if we fail now, let us not give up.
    If our elected officials are so deep into the lobbyist pockets and do not carry out the will of The People, then, We The People WILL replace them.
    We will get what we want

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. lucvanghent

    What are the demographics of the 46 million un-insured Americans?

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Insurance companies run the risk of losing a lot of money in premium collections if anything gets done.

    It's understandable why they are willing to pay so much to get our representatives to fight it.

    Maybe we should quit paying our representatives, since they are being paid by the insurance companies. They're definitely not working for the people of this country.

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Why does Obama need activist groups, special interests and unions to do his dirty work? I thought he was supposed to be reaching across the aisle, getting input from everyone and making a mutually agreeable decision. Running smear campaigns and accusing opponents of lying and using fear tactics doesn't square with his words on the campaign trail.

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. RR

    I'm sick of this straw man argument that anyone who is opposed to Obama and the democrats' plan is "opposed to reform." It's not like there is only one plan, and it's Obama's!

    You can be pro-reform AND anti-Obama plan!

    Also the GOP does NOT have the votes to block anything, so blaming the GOP for "blocking reform" is a lie. They can't block anything by themselves!

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. autumnstorm

    I'm a little confused how can republicans be blamed for not passing the health reform, when there are enough votes wihout them....thank you blue dog democratics for standing up for the American people

    July 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Sara in the South

    So do those of us who don't want socialized health care get to have a voice, or are we overruled by the left wing freaks?

    July 23, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Hugo

    Another ACORN type intimidation tactic by the left to push an absurd Democratic party policy. Well Libbers, who is the real party of NO, intolerance and thug mentality politics?

    July 23, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. in NJ

    These organizations should use their money to actually help pay for the reform instead of bad mouthing opponents. Maybe that will sway some support of those people who are only trying to control costs and are for the bill except for the costs.

    O wait, a million dollars would only buy 0.001% of the proposed plan.

    July 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Kevin B

    This is a good ad to show the sheer hypocrisy and political myopia of the GOP. The republicans would gladly throw americans under the bus for cheap political gain.

    Do not be afraid to call out those who would keep Americans in bondage to the health care insurance companies and big pharma.

    July 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. katiec

    Just read where the Lewin Group, who republicans love to quote, is owned by UNITED HEALTH CARE!! And, one of their clients is Heritage Foundation. Does that give you any indication on how polls are conducted?
    We need Health Care Reform now!! We need public option now,
    Any other measure will make health care reform a farce and, once again the raping of the American people.
    We will not accept those politicians who are putting financial funding, big business, personal gains and interests over our welfare!!
    Oh, by the way, the insurance companies have posted their biggest profits ever.

    July 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Limit Congressmen, Representatives, Senators to two terms like the President!!!

    This health plan will cost trillions and will not cover all.

    July 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Hugo Castrobama

    Obama said the Boston police acted "stupidly" in the Gates case while admitting he did not have the facts. Obviosuly a very racist position to take if you do not have the facts.

    Obama also admitted he did not know the House Dems' health care bill and whether one could keep their existing insurance.

    Is this the way Obama makes all of his decisions – out of sheer (and admitted) ignorance? Apparently so. NO BAMA

    July 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Melissa

    Yes, they DO need to be held accountable. I'm tired of the pandering to the corporations while everyone else suffers. Money is not a god. Its time the Republicans realize that. its also time that they realize that taking care of your own people by providing health care is more important than spending ten billion a month on an illegal foreign war getting their own people killed.

    No more Republicans.

    The Democrats may be bad with money, but the Republicans are bad with money AND everything else too.

    July 23, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Robert

    WOW – wonder what is in it for them. Hope none of them get "old" if the Obama plans goes through. The next knock on the door will be from the Death Planner. I am amazed that people are so willing to go along with what is being proposed. I know alot of people who are out of work, loosing their houses and do not have the money right now for health insurance. What will Obama do with them? Fine them! This is so total unAmerican to even think that people should be denied any treatment if they get too old – per the actuary tables. Obama has his hands in the financial industry, auto industry and is now on his way into the health care industry. Don't worry though – that takes care of all the big industries in America and he will control them all. Be careful Americans................your choices are becoming very limited!!!!!

    July 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Denver Dem

    Neither of which are charity based orgs. They are organizations funded by lobbyist money. Don't think for a second that they have the peoples best interest in mind. Don't by into the neo-conazi propaganda

    July 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Kevin in Ohio

    The big guns, the thugs, are coming out Chicagoland-style...... Obama is acting like Al Capone.

    RESIST this attempt to move further toward a socialist society.

    July 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. annie s

    As a strong supporter of the President's health insurance reform plans, I applaud this move. It's important to call this what it is – a political power grab on the part of Republicans, who hope that by defeating reform, they can weaken this President and weaken the Democratic hold on the legislature. How sad that they have put their own selfish needs before those of the American people. But how predictable.

    July 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. James M. Holmes

    Republicans aren't interested in better and cheaper healthcare for Americans... They are interested in re-gaining power and keeping the bribes...errr... "campaign contributions" from insurance companies rolling in.

    Republicans are proving more and more how un-American they really are!

    July 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Alicia

    Great idea. For decades the Rethugs have the Banking and Health industry lining their pockets at our expense.

    Finally, someone is defending the American public!

    July 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. good, that should always be the strategy

    these guys that think they are so smart pulling the strings behind the scenes need some sunlight on them so the country can see who and why we are blasted with scare messages


    but leave me anonymous

    July 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    When will these republicans wake up and smell the coffee? Now is not the time for politics. This is a serious matter on the minds of all Americans and republicans are out trying to score political points. I'm glad the President put Sen. Demint on blast. He needs to do that to all of them.

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