July 31st, 2009
08:43 AM ET
13 years ago

DCCC campaign hits vulnerable GOP incumbents on health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is continuing its campaign to pressure Republicans - particularly members who represent districts won by President Obama in 2008 - over health care reform.

Most are on the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot program list of potentially threatened incumbents, and the DCCC's list of top 2010 targets; the majority are already facing serious Democratic challengers.

"We already know Congressman Pat Tiberi took nearly $600,000 from the insurance industry," says the narrator in a minute-long radio spot slated to run in Ohio's 12th congressional district over the August recess.

"So what do you think Tiberi talks about when he meets with the big insurance companies? How they reap record profits while your health care costs skyrocket? Or how the special interests want to stop health reform? Whatever it is Tiberi and the insurance companies talk about, it probably isn't affordable health care for you…"

Similar spots will air in areas represented by other GOP members of Congress who may face stiff re-election fights, like Dan Lungren, who won by single digits in California's 3rd congressional district last cycle, and faces another tough race next year; Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan's 11th congressional district, whose decision to introduce a resolution calling on President Obama to apologize to Cambridge police officer James Crowley drew Democratic anger; Joseph Cao, whose district – Louisiana's 2nd – is one of the most Democratic in the nation; controversial Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th congressional district, who faced a surprisingly close race last cycle; Erik Paulsen of Minnesota-03; and Dave Reichert of Washington-08.

The DCCC will also be funding robo-calls and holding virtual town halls as part of the same health care push, as new polls show public support for President Obama's health care plan has slipped in recent weeks.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Stop the greed! Please

    Something people should know –

    The Lewin Group is often cited by Hill Republicans because of its research in opposition to the pubic option. Well, the Lewin Group is owned by UnitedHealth Group one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country.

    We already know the GOP is also owned by the insurance companies. Now, we know their "non-partisan" research is insurance company owned too.

    July 31, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Darko

    FACT: No new policies from private insurers are allowed after this bill goes live.... Obama is lying to you that you can keep your insurance. Any job change or life event will force you on the public option.

    This will drain the private insurers of their younger enrollees and make their cost uncompetitive with the govt option...who can print money to keep their costs down. This is just ONE reason why this bill is bad and shows how Obama and the dems are lying to the public.

    July 31, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Zaley

    These "special interest" Senators and Congressmen need to be exposed immediately. If they go to bed with insurance companies and reap their profits, we need to know who exactly has been "raping" the American people.

    July 31, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Lyle

    Boy, those Republicans are all about lining their own pockets. Crooks.

    July 31, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Yolanda

    Why in the world would anyone with a brain re-elect these greedy Republican crooks?

    July 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Hugo

    Get a grip Obamabots, I do not think there is anyone of either party in DC that does not get the message that the system is broken. The argument is over the fix, and HR3200 is definitely NOT it! The Democrats won't quit playing dictator long enough to even glean any good ideas the Republicans may have to offer. It is pretty evident this Administration is clueless when it comes to actually carrying through one of their poorly thought out but well intended plans.... What is amazing to me is the protectionism of the trial lawyers by the House and Senate in all of this. Just think of the money that grinds through the courts in malpractice and insurance suits each year, mind boggling, they must have one hellua lobbyist group!

    July 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. J of K

    Perhaps if all our 'voted' repres would be included in all the decisions they make for those of us that voted them into office, they would make better decisions. There is no incentive for them to be rational or fiscal since they collect from us while they are in office AND when they leave office. They also are excluded from what is imposed on the masses. While we have 10% unemployment, did you know they actual had the nerve to vote themselves a RAISE ?!

    July 31, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Claudia in Houson

    Republicans will never stop taking care of their loyal lobbyist friends, big insurance companies amount to large kickbacks, and the heck with anybody who doesn't like it. Wakeup people.

    July 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Go after them.Do what ever it takes,we need at least and option to the crooks in the industry.

    July 31, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. john

    I find it funny that people actually think that they will be able to vote out conservatives in 2010 for opposing a health care bill that at least 40% of the country does not like.

    July 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Grant

    Don't want government in your doctor's office telling you how to be treated huh? Well, I don't want government in my home telling me how to live. What are we gonna do? Republicans pushed their completely corrupt and small minded morals on me. Now the Democrats are are trying to actually help people instead of dictating how they should live.

    Think I'll vote Dem again. At least it seems most of them made it out of the 6th grade with passing marks. The Repubs just went to church and learned that science is evil. Go away morons!

    July 31, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. A B C

    The corruption that went on during the Bush era crippled our Country and we as people can't afford to allow the GOP to bring us down any farther.You right-wing clowns are finished, we've had enough and the voice of the People will crush you in 2010,2012.

    July 31, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Rob

    Yes, and we all know that none of the Dems have gotten special treatment at all. That is assuming you don't include mortgage companies, adn various others (right Dodd and Rangel?). If a Republican really wants to learn how to be on the take, all they need to do is study a Democrat.

    July 31, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. tony

    Americans are a very stupid people especially those boneheads in them little towns down south wonder how they become a world power you jokers have a chance to get affordable insurance and is rejecting it what a bunch of nit wits.

    July 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just learned about Se. Dodd's prostrate cancer. I wish the Senator the best, and a speedy recovery.

    The RepubliKlan response to this man's health misfortune was....typical ,and quite indicative of the same sympathy they have for the less fortunate amongst us who lack healthcare.

    July 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. yuri

    When Repub. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana regularly scares the elderly as to their funeral forecasts and medicare muddlin'., Dems are decidedly deliverin' their deeds to the GOP in a derisive manner. We think it serves the GOP right and they can be beaten neck and crop.

    July 31, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Not one of you democrats is addressing why Kennedy threw in a note that this plan is so good, congress is exempt from the plan. Keep partying like its 1999 and the GOP will be in control in 2010.

    July 31, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. 60's survivor

    health reform now. no more BS from either side. people it's up to us. the voters to spell it out for the politicians. we don't need watered down health care. we don't want to be robbed by insurance companies. do the right thing _ tired of the rhetoric. and lies!!

    July 31, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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