July 31st, 2009
08:43 AM ET
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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. twitwits are the new nitwits

    The MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO WANT A PUBLIC OPTION,dont listen to the paid liars.

    July 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Flex

    Are the pundits speaking on behalf of insurance companies, or are they speaking on behalf of us?

    July 31, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. mjm

    Why is it that Democrats hate all industry's that seems to make a profit? And who said it was record profits? It's like the last thing Democrats want is for American business to succeed.

    How many jobs does BCBS create? How many people does it employ? How many lives have they saved by flipping 80-90% of the medical bill over the past decades?

    They may turn a profit, which is a good thing, but they do it after they pay millions in taxes....As opposed to Medicare, which taxes tax dollars and still losses money year in and year out.

    July 31, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. bam

    I've contacted the Blue Dog Democrat, Heath Shuler, who represents my Asheville, NC district. Having campaigned for him against longstanding incumbent Charles (Chainsaw Charlie) Taylor, I emphasized that it was the grassroots (not the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations) that got him into office.

    A majority of Americans want a Public Option to compete with private insurance. Any arrangement that doesn't include a Public Option is NOT health insurance reform.

    July 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Dave in Illinois

    I guess if big companies making profits are the root of all evil as the Democrats like to imply, we might as well skip socialism and move right on to communisim. Then the Democratics who control the government could amend the Constitution and retain power forever.

    (That ought to fire up all you Liberals out there.)

    July 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Paul from Phoenix

    You go DCC! Woohoo! Because it is not like the Dems have TOTAL control of the Congress, with a filibuster-proof Senate, and the White House! Blame the GOP for your incompetence!

    July 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Bill in Calif

    WHAT A LAUGH....the CHANGE WE NEED PRESIDENT kept his promise and got rid of the lobbyists in Congress by hiring them into his one term administration! He's certainly lived up to his credo 'Spread the Wealth".....YOUR WEALTH.

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

    A very telling headline in a major newspaper in Washington was highlighted on C-Span...

    ..."Senator Grassley vows Not to sell out His Party"...

    ...Grassley is under tremendous pressure to kill health care reform...

    ...and sell out his country...

    ...these are conservative values...


    July 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Tony

    Republicans care more for money than people. They demand that cars have insurance, but children (SCHIP), the elderly and people making less than $250,000 are too expensive and cost their ATM's, the insurance companies, too much money.
    They tell the elderly they gave them a Medicare Drug Benefit, but they wouldn't let Medicare use the free market to negotiate for lower drug costs.
    The scream about how bad government run healthcare is but laud the Veteran's Administration, as giving our Veteran's, according to Bill Krystol, "the best healthcare available."
    After 12 years of spending hypocrisy, we are supposed to believe that Republicans care about budgets, children and Hispanics?
    I don't believe a word coming out of either side of conservative faces.

    July 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. DL

    We need health care reform in this country. Doing nothing is NOT a solution, the system will collapse within 8 to 10 years..projections show government will spend 110% of it's income JUST on prescription drugs alone (thanks to Bush's largest socialist program in history..medicare D..so arguments about 'socialism' are ridiculous). If having a government run health care system is so horrible...why is it that countries with the best health care in the world can do is successfully at a fraction of what we spend now? All I hear is people whine about 'taxes'....using your logic..Since I don't have kids and I've paid property taxes for schools for years I shouldn't have to do that either...It's a ridiculous argument to make. The only reason anybody is against this is they haven't 'experienced' what happens when they really do NEED their insurance and it fails miserably. This problem is only going to get worse, we need to do what's best for our country and the Average American...REFORM THE SYSTEM.

    July 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. xargaw

    Recently, I have had quite a bit of experience with the healthcare system. I have major medical insurance that is by no means great, but so far, it is adequate for my financial situation. As a kind of research junkie, I was curious about the range of costs for some of the tests I have undergone this year. Would anyone be surprised to learn that a recent cardiac test that was administered can range anywhere from $500 to $6,000 for the SAME test in the U.S. depending on your insurance or whether you have insurance. What makes no sense at all is that the un-insured pay the high end because they do not have the bargaining clout of the insurers that pay the low range for services. Don't tell me we don't need a STRONG PUBLIC PLAN. Healthcare is beyond broken in this country. Who in right mind can rationize one patient paying up to 12 times as much for the same service as another?

    July 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    Insurance companies making a profit on people's health is immoral at best, downright evil at worst.

    July 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. alvino

    I have read the crap from the party of "NO!", and they have nothing. While most of the multi millionaires in the GOP want to continue getting money from the insurance companies, they have convinced the poor sheep in their party that helping the weatlthy will help the less fortunate.

    I am also amused that the nay sayers are critical of the cash for clunkers program and that Obama underestimated its success. I wonder if they remember that we were told that the war in Iraq would be short with limited cost, and we would be greeted as liberators.

    July 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. thefletch

    I don't want government in my doctors office telling me what I can or can't have because I'm too old! We do need to police what we have and keep those that are here illegaly out of the system and that will free up untold millions$$$. Ask California how this works for them. What government is touting as reform is really a way of controling all of us. Wake up America before it's too late. WE THE PEOPLE!

    July 31, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Simmy

    Blue Dogs and Republicans are one in the same.....Waxman and others have allowed themselves to be backed into a corner by a group of former Senator Clinton supporters (pumas).....They hate President Obama as much as overt Republicans, and need to come out of the closet and say so....Anything less than a coherent Public Plan Option is nonnegotiable......Dems need to get some backbones and fight for constituents, not big insurance companies and their lobbyists.....

    Ponder this: The millions they're spending on ads and lobbyists come from the monies you pay out each month for you premium
    ....That's why they only cover certain illnesses....Get sick or have an accident and see how much money they won't give you......Peace.....

    July 31, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. barrystash

    I agree with Obama, CNN and the Obamots posting here today. The people of this country should be brought into line, forced to accept your social and moral dictates. So if the gay couple next door is having unprotected anal sex, NO PROBLEM, they deserve to have millions of dollars paid to cover their AIDS. But my mother who has led a good life should be condemned to death because she is, well, just to old to be eligible for medical care. Obamots are hateful people.

    July 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    The GOP might gain seats in the House next year, but they will probably lose seats in the Senate, even if the economy continues to be bad and Obama's "honeymoon" period is over by then.

    Just look at the math. The Republicans have more seats to defend than the Democrats, and they have several incumbents retiring, like Voinovich and Hutchison. Not good if you're looking to gain ground.

    Plus you have the whole 6-year term thing, which means that anybody who got swept into the Senate on Obama's coattails (I'm looking at you Al Franken) won't even be up for re-election until 2014.

    July 31, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Independent

    Tell you what, the Congress can give up all their Insurance, too....It cost us alot of money so they can pick the best deals....that is the part of the trillion dollars...Sooooo, Congress give up your Insurance and see what it is like to go without.....but, that is really doubtful isn't it???? Should make a law when you leave the Congress you leave your Insurance coverage behind and get your own...

    I have no Insurance, I'm one of those RISK people...my sister in law pays out over $800 a month for Insurance cause she has a heart problem...is that fair??? THINK NOT!!!!

    Telling seniors that more or less they could be taken to a pound to be euthanized like the animals, is down right cruel....GOP you are the PITS for scaring people like that....you don't want to give up the big bucks when it comes time to run again....

    VOTE all the NO SAYERS out of office next election......

    July 31, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Jefe

    I wonder how many anti-reform folks realize that by 2018, healthcare spending will represent over 20% of our ENTIRE economy. Currently at a projected $2.5 Trillion for 2009, it will be around $5T in 2020, and over $10T by 2032. Imagine that...every year spending near what the total federal debt (mostly the debt-spending done by fiscal conservatives Reagan, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr) is.

    July 31, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. barrystash

    So Independent – how much of my weekly pay should I fork over to you and your sister-in-law to pay your insurance ?

    July 31, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. useurpower

    DCC and virtual town halls – sounds like everything else they do – load up with a bunch of partisans and Acorn types and tell everyone how great things are. There is so much anger out there from the people who actually work and pay taxes that 2010 is a crap shoot. Hopefully the turnover will be massive.

    I buy my own insurance. I doubt I pay more than I would if Obama ran it and I am happy with it. Obama needs to butt out and quit intruding on my life. I know how to run it better than he does. A public option means competition goes away. As an employer it would be cheaper to pay the fines than pay for insurance. I can cut that benefit and make more money. The system loads up and the gov't sponsored plan becomes another broke entitlement.

    July 31, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Bill, Bloominton IL

    and whatever the dummycrats talk about, it isnt affordable healthcare for me either.

    July 31, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. dominican mama 4 Obama

    A response:

    We already have a "thug" in Some City, USA who sole job it is to check for pre-existing conditions so that our medical claims can be denied; additionally, we have a Rethug in New Jersey whose sole job it is to fabricate lies on this blog to justify his existence on this earth. So Doug in New Jersey I'll take the "thug" in DC any day.

    July 31, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. J of K

    What has happened to what the people want? We continue to tell our representatives we don't want this deathcare bill, but Obamaa continues to push it – why.

    July 31, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. LanaJean

    Wherever you see an Insurance lobbyist you're sure to find a Republican, licking his chops.

    July 31, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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