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. citizen with no insurance

    Just get the ball rolling and enough of all the hoopla. I have heard all this crap for years. Seems to me, you just look like you're working at doing something to please the American people and this country, well enough talk, get the show on the road. Let's see what all the talk is really about. This has been going on for years and we are not one bit better off. This country is going to hell in a handbag.

    July 31, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Fenarkleman

    Tiberi may be a typical jowl-flapper.

    July 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Ted Tartaglia

    What do you expect? The Republican party has always been aligned with big business.

    July 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Sniffit

    And for those of you trying to claim that the Dems' supermajority negates and validity of criticizing the GOP for its behavior on this issue, you're sadly mistaken. The "Blue Dogs" are hard at work negotiating and consulting with the rest of the Democratic Party, seeking compromise and a way to get this thing done. The GOP is a fair target for harsh criticism because instead of doing any of that, they've simply decided to engage in a fear and misinformation campaign designed to torpedo the attempt to fix our health care system solely for political advantage. They've contributed almost nothing and have lied about a lot of it. Moreover, they want you to ignore that 160 of their amendments have been placed in the proposed bill and that the bill incorporates MediPac, THEIR IDEA. Want your cake and eat it too much?

    July 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. isn't the whole GOP party vulnerable

    there is very little about the organization and current shape of the GOP that does not appear in disarray

    July 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. addon

    You know....I remember the president saying on the campaign trail "..people will vote against their best interests".

    We spent lives and trillions of dollars on the Iraqi people (which I would say don't have healthcare as we speak), but we are so fearful of spending money on ourselves.

    Isn't that voting against our own best interests? Well, Mr. President; you were right!

    July 31, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Jerry

    Tort reform is BADLY needed to reduce the cost of health care. It's not merely the cost of law suits but also the costs for all of the extra very expensive tests that are the result of doctors playing defensive medicine, not for the well-being of their patients but because the doctors have to cover all of their bases in case some litigation-happy patient and their ambulance-chasing lawyer decides to sue. Everyone ends up having to pay for all of those extra tests. But the Democrats love to protect their lawyers like John Edwards.....remember him? Guess how he got so rich before being elected to the Senate.

    July 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    This healthcare scam is just another way to steal your tax dollars. As long as any for-profit insurance company remains in the deal, they will sign up all the healthy people at a discount and then dump them if and when they actually need services. The for-profit entity will suck in huge "profits" while you and I will actually foot the bill for healthcare.

    GWB did us a huge disservice: he did nothing to educate the gullible idiots who elected the crooks who are fashioning this robbery.

    July 31, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. D. Tree

    When it comes to the Healthcare debate, every member of Congress – Republican AND Democrat – is now showing their true colors.

    We have members of both parties, in the pockets of the 3 biggest insurance companies. They simply don't want any competition!

    The Public Option is tried and true, and already enjoyed by our Troops and Senators and other state and national government employees. It is NOT some "experiment." Every American deserves that choice.

    July 31, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Randolph Carter

    Why don't they just come out with a list of how much each legislator, republican or democrat, receive in donations from the healthcare/insurance lobbies? Sort it by dollar amount. Have a nice day!

    July 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Red

    Keep that junk coming it is only going to hurt Obama more. People are wise to all this stuff now. Democrats have the majorities and the great orator and lousy leader to sign off on it. Voters are smart enough to know Democrats have the power to ruin healthcare – if they are stupid enough to do it.

    July 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Rob

    The government can't even run the cash for clunkers program smoothly. How in the world do you people think all of a sudden that they will be able to run healthcare industry.

    July 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. John H

    Tiberi isn't the only one on the take. 75% of our elected politicians either are or will be on the take. No wonder politicians are on the bottom of the list of most admired careers.

    July 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Lori in St Pete

    Doesn't it bother any of the posters who pay for their own coverage that their insurance companies are spending $1.5 MILLION of client premiums EVERY DAY lobbying against reform?

    Based on a 5-day workweek, amounts to $7.5 million every week, or $370 million a year. On top of that, they spend millions more of your premiums flying around on private jets and eating lobster thermodore off 22-karat gold trimmed fine china, and that's in addition to the obscene salaries and stock options your premiums provide. In other words, it's all good supporting the lifestyles of a few super-rich greedheads who are SUPPOSED to have your best interests in mind, but god forbid some poor (lazy, or too cheap to pay for their own coverage) individual should be able to access affordable care. That's messed up.

    July 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. ge

    if the republicians are fighting it and rejecting it must be good for middleclass america they are owned by corprate america

    July 31, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Mike in SA

    They are almost right. Medicare is primarily socialized medicine. It is also so wrought with waste, fraud, and inefficiency that supposedly the savings from wringing this waste out will fund 2/3 of the whole health care system overhaul. You are also likely to have fewer doctors accepting Medicare/Medicaid as government limits compensation rates. Why work on someone for 50 cents when you can work on someone else just as sick for a dollar? Obama himself admitted that part of this savings will come from ending "waste" like Medicare Advantage...the private insurance portion of Medicare.

    First, I'll say that the savings will never come, so that 2/3 will have to be funded some other way or end up ballooning the deficit even more. Secondly, if they are talking about cutting out programs like Medicare Advantage, then yes you can say I don't want socialized medicine, but don't touch my Medicare. These reporters know this, not sure what is affecting their journalistic integrity on actually reporting it.

    July 31, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Can you stand the TRUTH?

    Well I retired after 28 YEARS giving my life for the U.S. Army to do with what they did. Now when you think they would take care of you BULLCRAP. I live with the closest military base within 150 miles of me. I struggled to get any medical facility to accept their insurance. Now that I am over 65 I am automatically on medicare. NOW AGAIN I'M HAVING PROBLEMS IN FINDING A PROVIDER THAT WILL ACCEPT IT. OH HE'LL ACCET TO FILE ONIT FOR YOU PUTTING YOUR CASH AND WHAT MEIDICARE PAYS IN THIS POCKET. HOW SWEET IS OUR COUNTRY ON HEALTHCARE. I DON'T WANT IT. IF YOU GO TO A VETERAN'S HOSPITAL THEN THAT'S THE SAME AS AN ANIMAL CLINIC.

    July 31, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. southerncousin

    Just like the liberal controlled DNC, that why I am not a democrat anymore (I also quit AARP). Someone tries to exercise some common sense and George Soros, the unions and ACORN and various whack jobs (Pelosi, Boxer, Reid, Rangel, Schumer (which control the DNC) feel duty bound to get rid of him. That is how we ended up with this loony bin president.

    July 31, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. howie

    Even Obama's junk car program is flawed. How can we expect him to run health care

    July 31, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Mike

    The GOP is not vulnerable because the majority of American's do not want obamas and the tax and spend democrats hands on our health care. The ones who vote for it along with the previous and upcoming spending packages are the ones vulnerable. obama said they would bundle doctor payments and reward doctors who do a good job on health care for their patients. How can obama decide which doctor is doing a good job unless Washing DC will have your and my medical records in a computer. Millions of medical records just waiting for someone to hack.

    July 31, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. joel palmer

    In 2010, we will sweep out even more of those who "stood in the doorway and blocked up the hall"

    GOP and Blue Dog dems (has there ever been a dumber term?) alike will be washed out of offcie in another tide of revuslion at Congressmen ands Senators who are "bought and paid for" by special interests.

    A pox on all their houses; vote them out!

    July 31, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. useurpower

    Only the Obamaticker and CNN could follow this line of thinking. Obama and the Dems are cratering in the polls. They have rammed too much Socialism down our throats too fast. The poor Dem Congress people are facing pitchforks at home and have more to fear than Republicans. Face it the Obama presidency has crashed and burned. With 2010 around the corner this falls session of Congress will be paralyzed – Thank God.

    July 31, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Fla.

    Good for them. The American public should be informed about Republicans representing interest$$ of the insurance/pharmaceutical lobby.

    The media should also report how much so-called "conservatives" are receiving from these insurance corporations.

    July 31, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. big papa

    I've come to understand exactly why as Bill Maher so accurately puts it:

    "America is a STUPID country."

    ...CNN (and other bought and paid for media) control the dialogue...

    ...for now...

    July 31, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. kishen c.rao

    Are these GOP out of their mind? to nag and brag. Don't they know nation needs a drastic health care reform? I think we need to take away all the health care benefits of these elected nasty guys....we, americans need this health care reform. It is long overdue. Democrats, please fix this health care reform. Pres. Obama, please don't even let these nasty lobbyists touch the iron rods out side of the white house....nasty people are nagging...what does Erick Cantor know, what does Bobby Jindal know about the problems faced by poor Americans.....nation needs to take away their benefits...it is a democracy....my senator, and congressman, please say yes to Health care reform...ok....thanks, god bless our nation, the USA..
    we need health care reform desperately...now...

    July 31, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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