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. Angie in Pa

    People it is time to come together and let congress know YOU WORK FOR US NOT THEM! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    July 31, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Proud Member..Party of No

    Those opposed to the "Destruction of Healthcare" bill proposed by the community organizer should wear that opposition as a badge of honor. If the republicans were smart they would run counter ads outing every idiot who supports this bill.

    July 31, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Kevin B

    Keep the pressure on, everyone knows these "elected" GOP represenatives only look out for big donors, republicans don't even pretend to work for average americans.

    In '10 and '12 I predict even more of these loony republicans will lose seatS in both chambers.

    It is time americans call these GOP nut cases what they are:


    July 31, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. jpspec

    Gee I thought the campaign was over. Guess I was wrong so now it is time for the GOP to dig up dirty laundry on the DNC.
    Obam will be remembered as the longest campaigner in history.

    July 31, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Beverly in NC

    Not only does the Democratic Party need to expose the Republicans who are determined to defeat healthcare reform for political reasons, but we as voters need to expose the same Republicans in Congress who are supposed to be working for us and are not.

    Every member of Congress is covered by a GOVERNMENT healthcare plan yet they do not want the rest of America to have the same great plan they have. Why not? If it is so great and they all use it like they do – then open it up to us or give up this government plan and join the rest of us in private insurance hell.

    Any member of Congress who dares to vote against healthcare reform that every American needs in one way or another should KNOW THAT WE THE VOTERS WILL BEING VOTING AGAINST THEIR REELECTION.

    It's that simple. Vote NO on the great reform package coming out of the House and we will we vote NO for those in Congress who betray us.

    July 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Dont blame me

    I know one thing.

    I will be working my tail off to get my democratic representative out of office if he votes for EITHER the Health bill or for Cap and Trade.

    I am sick and tired of my representative acting like a California democrat instead of representing the PEOPLE of his district.

    July 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Carol

    Lawsuit claims account for less than 1% of health insurance costs. So Dad in NH, which Insurance Co. do you work for?

    Full time working, uninsured Mom of 2 in Michigan.


    BURNS July 31st, 2009 11:21 am ET



    July 31, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Kevin B

    The GOP is verging on complete lunacy and coming un-hinged with thier conspiracy theorys and shrill rhetoric . It is turning the stomach of average americans.

    600k contributions from the insurance lobby and the outright lying and fear based auguments are an insult to all thinking americans.

    The GOP will be seen as the lackeys for special interest they are, and will be tossed out on thier kiesters in droves over the next two election cycles.

    July 31, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. addon

    We don't need NO stinking health care reform! There are NO problems with the current system. Just like....the economy is fine. Let's do NOthing!

    Did I get the GOP talking points right? WE ARE the Party of NO!

    July 31, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Justin

    Finally, a focus on Republican political vulnerability in the healthcare debate. Most Americans realize the private insurance industry has reaped huge profits doing just about everything but giving Americans quality, affordable care.

    The industry spends huge amounts denying coverage, denying claims, advertising leisure drugs (Viagra?) and bribing doctors to use their products. All of that increases our costs.

    The Republican Party, however, wants us to forget all that. Once again, they're scaremongering and dodging the facts to keep their private industry supporters fat and happy.

    Look behind the rhetoric folks – Republicans aren't trying to improve reform, they're trying to kill it.

    July 31, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Larry

    Tiberi is another Republican who has unflagging loyalty to Bush policies. He has consistently voted NO on end-the-war resolutions, voted NO on measures to curb excess gasoline profits and NO on the expansion of hate crime laws to include gays. He is pro big business and anti union. He favors tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals.

    If he doesn't get behind health care reform he will also be unemployed.

    July 31, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. phoenix86

    More hyprocracy from the DNC.

    Democrat majority in the House of Representatives by 54 votes.
    Democrat majority in the Senate by 10 votes.

    Can't get a bill passed: Blame republicans.
    Stimulus not working: Blame republicans.
    Another 2 million jobless: Blame republicans.

    The only thing consistent about democrats is that they don't take responsibility for anything.

    July 31, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. notfooledtx

    The ads sound fair and truthful (much better than the lie filled ads by the opponents of hrc), I think the public has a right to know who's in bed with the lobbyists and working for them instead of their constituents.

    July 31, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Jenn, Philadelphia

    And when there are calls for education reform and tort reform, Democrats bow down to their masters in the teacher's and lawyer's lobbies. Please, each party is owned by their big donors. Don't act like Democrats are any different than Republicans.

    July 31, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    What we will never see is any supporter of this bill talking about the improved quality of care. That's not what this is about.

    20/20 and 60 minutes are going to have fun with this Health Care Plan results. Hopefully we hold it off until the economy is back on its feet and has even a fighting chance of affording the tremendous cost of doing this.

    July 31, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Pat F

    Democrats, sorry to break it to you, but that dog won't hunt. You have a solid and filibuster-proof majority in both Houses of Congress, and the presidency. You don't need a single Republican vote.

    You can cry about the Republicans all you want, but if you want a bill, bring it up and vote on it – what's stopping you? Or don't you want to be the single parent of this multi-trillion dollar disaster?

    Typical Democrats: all talk, no guts.

    July 31, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Larry of Boston

    I must admit I do not know much about the provisions of Obama's health care reform bill. But I understand I am in good company because most of the Democrats in the Senate and House do not know anything either. I recently had a doctor's appointment with my primar care physician – who practices family medicine. I asked a simple question – Is Obama's health care legislation a good thing or not so good. His response startled me - he said it would KILL family medicine and ruin the profession. I then got a 10 minite perspective from he and other doctors like him. The system is failing -- insurers are the middle people making way too much money - many specialists charge and make way too much - the health industry is becoming a big business and process oriented which is a bad thing and (surpising to me) most doctors want to practice medicine and deliver treatment - money is not the driving motivator. He then went on to suggest several things we could do as a nation tthat would have a real benefit on the nation's health - preventive medicine - a good food supply in the stores which is nutitionous (not fast food – sugar – and junk), and more family practice

    July 31, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Dennis

    The opponents of the health care reform will do just fine. Their constituents don't support the current proposal either.

    July 31, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Carl Justus

    You can bet the farm the republicans are getting their campaign coffers filled and more from the insurance industry, the drug companies, the hospital associations, and AMA and others who have been raking in billions off the present health care dollars.

    The USA spends more money on heath care person than any other two nations in the world and we are ranked 37th in health care behind countries even like Cuba.

    That alone should tell you something about our health care system.

    July 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Kate in SW Fla

    It is not that the Republicans can actually block reform, they do not have enough votes. However, it is the fear and hyperbole they spread, that makes average people afraid that is causing the slow down. I understand politics, and that the Republicans want to get back some power, but this is not very patriotic of them. They all know this needs to be done, that is what makes me so angry. They would rather derail the process, and hurt democrats than do what is best for the country. Can't they just work together on SOMETHING?

    July 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. R in Maine

    If these "independents" think that it is up to them to screw everyone else to their own benefit, then I can take the time to prevent them from getting any donations from my support for the party. It is time we get on with screwing these people who think that they have the right to block us from health reform. Not just one or two of them, but all of them. Had an old dog and his name was Blue, but then he/she voted against our health insurance interests.

    July 31, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. jaye

    Either vote for this health care bill or lose your office. It;s as simple as that.
    We wil not stand for anyone thats against this bill. Period.

    July 31, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. ran

    A simple solution to this is : a non-profit single payer system. No more money for lobbyist, multimillion $ for executives salaries/bonuses, shareholder's dividends, corporation private jets or gold trim dinnerware in the board room or private jet flights to vacation. Enough is enough.

    People now is the time for us to stand up together and say: "Our health is no longer for profit." Demand a non-profit single payer system.

    July 31, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Jerry

    Actually Pat Tiberi is my Congressional representative and I support his efforts to be fiscally responsible. What the ads don't mention is that the insurance companies also spread their campaign contributions to a lot of Democrats as well. Shame on the DNCC for telling half-truths instead of trying to explain how they are really going to pay for this massive government spending program through higher taxes that will hit ALL Americans, not just the very wealthy.

    July 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    I love how the democrats always blame others like the big bad evil insurance companies. Fact - if insurers ARENT profitable, they are potentially unable to pay claims. Fact – Medical Insurance is the LEAST profitable of all kinds of insurance. Fact - Insurance is HIGHLY regulated. Claims are not denied "out of hand". No insurer would be foolish enough to violate DOI regulations and bring about the bureacracy that would occur if they did. Fact – Most companies are losing their shirts in this line of insurance at this time. Many have already gotten out because of the inability to make a profit in medical insurance. Fact – Claims paid are directly a result of increased costs brought about by high jury awards and by defensive medicine. Yet no one wants to talk about tort reform. Fact – a huge percentage of the "45 million" have CHOSEN not to be insured. Many have chosen to be uninsured because "they are healthy and don't need it", thereby not contributing to the pool of dollars from which claim payments can be made.

    Keep on blaming others democrats...... you show your ignorance.

    July 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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