August 21st, 2009
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Health care ad wars continue

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="New health care ads on both sides of the debate are launching next week."](CNN) - The health care ad wars aren't letting up as the dog days of summer set in.

First, national Republicans are targeting two potentially vulnerable 'Blue Dog' Democrats during the congressional recess over Democratic efforts at health care reform.

The new ads launching Friday will air in the swing districts of New York Rep. Mike Arcuri and Ohio Rep. Zack Space. NRCC spokesman Ken Spain declined to reveal the size of the ad buy but described it as "significant."

"President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cooking up a risky experiment, on health care. Higher costs, tax hikes, and, get this, massive cuts to Medicare," versions of both ads state. Arcuri/Space already votes with Pelosi 90 percent of the time, now what do you think he'll do?"

Meanwhile, the liberal labor group Americans United for Change announced Friday it is launching a new ad on national cable next week that beats back at debunked claims about the Democrats' health care plans and spotlights what it calls "the real death panels that exist in America today."

"Their lies about phony Death Panels have all been proven false...unfortunately, there are real death panels in America," the announcer says, as footage is shown of 13-year old congressional testimony from a former Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical director who said she has denied patients potential life-saving surgeries.

Related: Conservative group takes aim at Obama's vacation

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Existing homes are selling at a record pace. The stock market is up again, 140+ points so far today. GM is hiring back laid off workers. Me thinks the stimulus is working.

    Glad to see conservatives are against that. My guess is their opposition to much needed health care reform will net them the same results. The question is...can the approval numbers for Republicans get any lower? We will just have to wait and see.

    August 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. C Beale

    Pathetic scare tactics. Some Americans are more frightened of ensuring that ALL Americans get coverage than they are of the war on terror!

    August 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gee another healthcare commercial.....time to check the pot roast, look in on the kids.....bathroom break......ok my show's back on TV.

    August 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter the narcissistic koolaid drinkin' Obamabot

    The best thing for all Americans to do is to turn off the TV and read the various versions of the bill. They're not that difficult to find on the interwebs if you have any computer competence at all. Understanding what you are reading, however, is another thing. Most Americans are too uneducated to be able to decipher legal mumbo jumbo. Hint: go slowly, break the language into smaller pieces and use logic to put the pieces back together. Also notice how the pieces refer to eachother. See, it's not so difficult. There really isn't anything in there that's nearly as scary as some would have you believe. Have a nice day!

    August 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Obama might get some leadership points if he skipped or cut short his next vacation (isn't this the 3rd so far this year anyway?).
    Obviously his family is important but so is the nation's business and this would demonstrate how serious he is. By going on vacation in the midst of the health care reform debate, he will draw comparisons with Bush. I think he should be able to explain to his kids how important his job is.

    August 21, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Bush will look like a genius by the time Obama is done."

    Sorry dude, Bush wouldn't look like a genius if you struck him down with cerebral palsy, planted him in a wheel chair and had him recite passages from A Brief History of Time.

    August 21, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    It is interesting that CNN and the other state run media fail to mention that the pro health care reform (or whatever Obama calls it today) are outspending the anti's 2 to 1. It is also interesting that those paragons of cost and efficiency, the unions, are sponsoring the latest pro group. These thieves have put more companies out of business than the recession.

    August 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This is all a waste of money...we need a health insurance reform and a public option. The program must be for all Americans and we need to make sure that it inclusive for all....just as our Constitution and The Amendments are inclusive.

    August 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "and, get this, massive cuts to Medicare,"

    Soooo, the same people who cheered when Gingrich said in the early 90's, once the GOP took over Congress, that the GOP would allow Medicare to "wither on the vine"...we're supposed to believe their crocodile tears and phony outrage? If you do, you were struck with the stupid stick as a child.

    August 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Leslie

    Do the Republicans really believe their own lies? It is amazing that the party that bases it's "so called principals" on out and out lies can still try to tout their morals. I hope they are all praying for forgiveness because in the religions I know you go to hell for these type of things.

    But I think these people think only "other people" are sinners, they are all saved.

    What hypocracy!

    August 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Operation Crush Rush

    I dont want Rush to come between me and my doctor because I know Rush wont hesitate to pull the plug to keep his fortune.Lets all play "Lets Find ElRushbo" today,hes hiding out in the L.A area and says he cant be found.Its the same as the game"Wheres Waldo".He may give the winner a free t shirt.hahaha.Good luck with the IRS Rush,now that the Swiss banks have given up the names of the big tax evaders.Dont forget to keep the emails and calls going to Rush on open line fridays,he wants to hear how much the American people love him.

    August 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Obama 2.0

    The American People will wait for a bill and then we will decide.

    August 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. precious

    God, please help the future of our young ones as they grow in this century.

    August 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter the cute lil' Obamabot

    Sounds like the republicans and their corporate masters are running out of trite little memes to fling to their gullible base and the gossip-mongering media. Same old tired talking points. Have a nice day!

    August 21, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    You repulicans dont need to be putting out these adds, you tried it in the last election and did you win. All you need to do it put Sarah out there to let the hate come out of her mouth and it wont cost you much. The way you claim she is your gal for 2012.

    August 21, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. They call me "Tater Salad"

    If you're against a public option than you're either a total idiot, or you're perfectly OK with the Health Insurance Industry trying everything in their power to,increase premiums and co- pays while, at the same time, they try to figure out ways to decrease your benefits, and deny as many claims they can get away with just so they can continue to rake in millions and millions of dollars in quaterly profits! Wake up fools!

    August 21, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. wait a minute

    Your private insurance company can drop you like a rock when you need health care the most in your illness. That is called a death care.

    August 21, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. John in WV

    Cuts to Medicare is a tactic to scare the elderly. Even if there were cuts in Medicare, you would think anyone against so called "socialized medicine" would support Medicare cuts. After all, what is Medicare?

    August 21, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Richie

    Is anyone else tired of all this? We need single payer. We need it now. We can change it from some other country's plan, but it is the only way to cut the 35% overhead. Monies employers currently pay for health insurance should be turned into taxes. That money should pay for basic care for everyone. Health insurance companies should go into the add-on insurance business. Everyone wins.

    August 21, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. party of five

    Why is it okay for this country to go to war for the benefit of other countries spending billions, but when it comes to helping our own people have access to health care people seem to have an issue. I for one would rather pay a little extra for everyone to be covered. Look at your neighbors, your friends, your relatives, would you want them to be denied access to health care because of affordability. We need health care reform...
    Insurance companies have been taking us for a ride for too long. Come ON Let's be part of the solution and not part of the problem...

    August 21, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. southerncousin

    Why are the libs demonizing everyone who disagrees with them. Kinda tough to give support for anything to anyone who calls you names isn't it. Liberals have never learned this and continue to do it. I would like to say its the democrats, but there really are honest hard working democrats out there, it is just that their party has been hijacked.

    August 21, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Neutralizer

    The problem of Obambi and Democraps is not the conservatives which everyone would jump to conclusion as the Republicans; it people like ME who are independent voters, we are the BIGGEST group of voters compared to registered republicans or democraps. We comprise of moderate and conservatives. Between liberty, responsibility and socialized medicine; WE CHOOSE liberty and responsibility; we adhere to the constitution – NO President can change that regardless of their political affiliation. We are what you call "astroturf", we are the mobs, goons, thugs, nazis etc etc. We don't buy your snake oil, shove it where the sun don't shine.

    August 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Tania

    People, are all of you ok when you get sick? Are you covered for everything when you need surgery? Is your hospital stay covered? No problems, not worrying about losing your house to pay for the "extras"?

    In other countries of the world, you get sick, you go to the doctor, you get your surgery, you recover.... and you're ok. In Canada, you show your health card, and that's it. Have had many serious operations in our family in the last few years, and did not pay anything (other than taxes) - hip replacements, anerism, bunions, sinuses, skin surgery. Could have cost many thousands. Didn't.

    August 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. bj

    How sad it is that so many people in this country struggle to even put food on their table everyday for their families and politicians can't spend enough money on negative campaigning.

    Executives and former executives are getting more attention from politicians for their personal gain. Just how many millions of $ does one person need to live on? What about the American people who are in real need? Where's the compassion? Wake up America! Don't be fooled by those snake oil salesmen. Educate yourself to the FACTS!

    August 21, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Why is it okay for this country to go to war for the benefit of other countries spending billions, but when it comes to helping our own people have access to health care people seem to have an issue. "

    Because if one side doesn't prevent the other side from helping the American people, they lose the next elections.

    August 21, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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