July 31st, 2009
08:43 AM ET
12 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. gt

    why dont the dccc use that money they are spending to try to pressure there own and buy so poor souls family some health insurance..

    July 31, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Cleo, MN

    Good, keep pressing them. The people should matter, not the insurance companies.

    And for all those who say we like insurance companies–with our jobs, we don't have a choice.

    Stop talking for me, I think the insurance companies are robbers.

    July 31, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. True Blue

    Stand up to the insurance companies President Barack Obama, we are with you.

    July 31, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. David from WI

    The Dems have the votes they need (their party is over 60 members in house and majority in senate if not votes but potential votes). This is starting to to look like kicking a dog when its down. They look more like bulling thugs every time they do this.

    I gave my friends a break when they bad mouthed Bush and his administration because his was the power at the time.

    This is starting to also seem disturbing and give me sinking feeling when some people still have to attack and make vile comments. The GOP isn't in power any more. As you say ... you won. Isn't that enough or not?

    July 31, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. phoenix86


    The following representatives do not want to increase the deficit:
    The following representatives do not want to pass a bill without listening to the voters first:
    The following representatives want to ensure that your current healthcare coverage doesn't go away after 5 years;

    Thank you DNCC for pointing out how absolutely screwed up democrats are.

    July 31, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    We are the ONLY industrialised nation on earth without Healthcare.

    So in 2010 we should go after all the Republicans who oppose Heathcare and also the Blue Dogs who do not deserve to be in this Congress when 75% of all the public wants some form of Healthcare passed.

    Obama – Biden 2012.

    July 31, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Jobe

    Obama is already damaged and for a Republican to go against his plan is not going to hurt them. Insurance companies are for profit enterprises which most people other than liberals seem to understand. They employ a lot of people and hurting the good ones is only going to hurt employment and it will have a ripple effect on their vendors. Legally pursue ethically challenged companies but throwing all parties under the bus is going to further degrade the economy.

    July 31, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Hugo

    Why doesn't the DCCC take a look at the Democratic Senators and Representatives that are on the lobbyist payroll while they are at it? While they are there, they should also take a look at ALL elected officials that are on the trial lawyer's lobbyist group too. America needs to figure out that when someone wins a malpractice or other related lawsuit, everyone else pays for it in their premiums. The lawyers take 35%, Uncle Sam takes 25% and the "Client" gets the leftovers. How does a bunch of Senators and Representatives (85% of which are lawyers) that receive the Best Free health care America has to offer identify with the insurance costs for healthcare that an average tax paying citizen with a family to support? Answer: THEY DO NOT! TORT LAW REFORM, REGULATE LAWYERS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES, NOT PHYSICIANS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC! TERM LIMITS, VOTER REFORM, CAMPAIGN FUNDING REFORM!

    July 31, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Terry from Texas

    I know that hypocrisy is routinely employed in politics, so this is not much of a revelation. Many Democrats are also on the payroll of Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Big Hospital Corp. If Democrats were 100% behind the health care initiative, it would have already been passed.

    This should not give Conservatives any comfort. All I am saying is that some Democrats in Congress are as corrupt and deceitful as most Conservatives in Congress.

    It comes down to priorities. Is it more important to have a healthy nation, especially healthy kids, or is it more important to protect and nurture corporate income? Every good Liberal prefers health children to rich CEOs. Every Conservative prefers maximizing corporate income while letting people, including children, die or suffer needlessly.

    While terrorists killed about 3500 Americans on American soil since 2002, the flu kill that many people every month. Priorities.

    July 31, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Sam I Am

    It's about time these too-comfortable relationships be exposed. I don't care what side of the aisle the individual sits on. I want to know what money and favors he or she has taken from what companies and organizations. The rest of us working Americans have to be ethical, and disclose who we work with. The rest of us working Americans have to disclose gifts and favors. The same should apply to our government.
    There are laws in place for disclosures. If I find out one of my representatives or senators is pressuring others, after having taken 600K in money from an interested party, it is likely going to mean the end of his or her career. This is utter nonsense. it should be criminal.

    July 31, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    Do you want some Washington thug looking over your medical records and deciding what treatment you will receive, that is if you live long enough to wait for whatever that Demo...Bureaucrat decides. If you are not one of their favorite people, good luck, I mean if you are a minority and they find out you are a registered republican, yeah, you are going to die.

    Think about it, in the blue areas Democrats continually show day in and day out that they have a total disregard for human life (check the facts), are they really the people you want handling your health care?

    An older American who has paid 6 or 7 figures worth of taxes in his or her lifetime will be denied life saving treatments, while a greedy do nothing taker lib leech who is in their early 20’s will be getting the care. The taker lib will vote Democrat for many more years, the older American is useless to them. This is what gives Obama that big smile, he is nothing but an Alinsky disciple.

    July 31, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. MCR

    It's about time the Dems started fighting back.

    July 31, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Tom Everhardt

    What the DCCC ad doesn't say is that Obamacare is not affordable for American taxpayers either. Do Americans want the federal government to say whether a patient will live or die or will be given surgeries to help relieve pain? No!!! The only thing Obama and his crew does well is drink beer.

    July 31, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Tom Everhardt

    What the DCCC ad does not say is that Americans do not want a beer-swilling government to tell us whether we should have a pain-relieving surgery, or if we should live or die.

    July 31, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't know about democrat incumbents, but some republican incumbents need to go. They seem to be about 80% of what's wrong with Washington.

    July 31, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. RealityKing

    Obama's poll numbers are showing the real effects of the progressive healthcare reform..., keep up the good work DCCC.

    July 31, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. cspurgeon

    All the crooks need to be voted out whatever party. If the Dems don't have enough backbone and leadership to get it done then don't contribute to either party save your money!

    July 31, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. charlie in Maine

    Good. Maybe they should make some noise about Democrat's lack of support.

    July 31, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Exectly....lets move it on. We never voted them to serve special interests who have fleeced us in decades. We need universal health care just like defence or public education. If that is socialism then we should also stop medicare and medicaid. Enough of right wing lies. Let private insurance be optional.

    July 31, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Lynn

    Nail 'em!

    All they care about are lining their pockets with health insurance company money. They are doing all that they can to make sure company's like United Healthcare continue to rake in record profits ($800 million in the 2nd quarter of this year) so that they can continue to receive fat campaign donations.

    They could care less that the backs of their constituents are being broken by health insurance companies who routinely increase premium costs while reducing our benefits.

    We have elected greedy pigs to office and we are paying for it with our lives.

    July 31, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Obama Victim

    DNC needs to let it go.................what part of D O A don't they get??

    July 31, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Cool, if my senators are targeted by an ad for not supporting the health care plan, it will help me know who they are at election time and they will DEFINITELY get MY VOTE!!!! Thanks DCCC for helping me!!!

    July 31, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. JAY

    Let the two parties squabble with each other , this health care plan
    is a death sentence for the american economy and millions of
    If you live in a glass house , don't throw stones at the
    american citizen THEY MIGHT THROW THEM BACK
    Democrats and Republicans both live in glass houses.

    2010 & 2012

    July 31, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Angie in Pa

    Blue Dog so called Democrats as well as Republicans do not care about you or if Health Insurance is affordable for you,The only thing that concerns them is which Insurance company is going to give them the most Money. MONEY MONEY MONEY! So for those of you that think the Blue dogs or Republicans are looking out for you Get your heads out of your a–!

    July 31, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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