September 1st, 2009
12:22 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC ad calls for 'Seniors' Bill of Rights'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.michaelsteelernc.0901.gi.jpg caption="The RNC continued its push to reach out to senior citizens on Tuesday with a new television ad."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is intensifying its push to reach seniors skeptical of President Obama's health care proposal, releasing a new television ad Tuesday that targets the powerful voter bloc.

In the one-minute ad, RNC Chairman Michael Steele outlines the RNC's new "Seniors' Bill of Rights" - six policies the party says will serve as "protections" for senior citizens.

"When you disagree with Washington, how come they act like it's your problem?" Steele says. "That's what the Democrats have done with health care. They say you're the problem."

"How about a different way? A focus on things we can all agree on? I'm Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican Party. Join us in supporting a new Seniors' Bill of Rights."

The GOP's plan repeats recent Republican calls for zero cuts to Medicare, a rule barring health care rationing based on age, and a measure that would prevent the government from playing any role in end-of-life care.

The White House has said any cuts to Medicare would target government waste, and would not affect the level of care for seniors, and independent fact-checking organizations have said claims that the proposed plan includes any provision for rationing are inaccurate.

The measure that would help fund end-of-life counseling - private sessions where doctors would advise patients on living wills and other related matters - drew strong support from the American Medical Association, but is now likely to be dropped from the final bill.

The DNC called the new ad a "scare tactic built on a foundation of lies."

"Republicans have decided that they have no other choice when it comes to blocking health insurance reform than to lie to the American people and try to scare seniors – all in their admitted effort to 'break' the President on this issue and 'kill' reform for political gain," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

"...Republicans have substituted scare tactics for substance and lies for the truth. And now, the very Republicans who opposed the creation of Social Security and tried to dismantle it less than four years ago – and the same Republicans who have worked against Medicare since its inception – are now standing up for seniors?"

The ad is slated to run across certain national cable networks and throughout Florida.


Filed under: Ads • Health care • Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Ray in Nashville

    My God, Republicans do think that Americans are stupid, don't they! (Unfortunately, judging from the polls, they're right.) They're still acting like the Democrats want to kill off senior citizens and cut back on medicare. The part about keeping government out of end-of-life decisions is the biggest joke, or possibly the highest form of hypocrisy as the government, especially as practiced by conservatives has steadfastly fought any form of doctor assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. I wonder what they think that is? As for medicare, Republicans I talk to all say we need to cut spending for social programs, which medicare certainly is.

    Mr. Steele ought to just cut to the chase and tell America what the Republican agenda really is, get government out of the way of business profit making and, as for the American public, too bad, they shouldn't have joined.

    September 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The republicans do not have to waste money on ads to frighten the seniors. They already vote for the republicans. What a joke.

    September 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. 60's survivor

    I don't want those arrogant fools representing me in their so called seniors bill of rights now they care!! hypocrites

    September 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Moderate Democrat

    Michael Steel wants to make sure that killing seniors is profitable. He works for the insurance companies that make a KILLING off of the murder of our society via denial of claims and treatment.

    Michael Steele is a heartless advocate of 'for profit genocide".

    Vote all republicans out that wish to continue the whole sale murder of our citizens at the hands of the insurance companies. Which is ALL of them.

    September 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Casey - California

    How like the Republicans to use scare tactics, especially made up lies, directed to seniors and vets... what's next? Ethnic groups?

    Oh, wait, they've already DONE that one for years.

    September 1, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Mike

    I don't know why this Idiot open his mouth, He has nothing new to offer than fearmongring seniors. Come out straight and tell American people ( SENIORS ) that what is your plan for health reform . American people can't expact anything from party of " NO "......................

    September 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. J.P.

    You have the right to shut up.
    You have the right to be called a racist.
    You have the right to euthanasia.
    You have the right to serve your country as Soilent Green.

    A nation that cares so little for its most vulnerable young will give even two sh!ts less about it's most vulnerable elders.

    P!ssing off America's elders (who are the largest and most dedicated voting block) is a surefire way to ensure Barry is one and done, four and the door.

    September 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. DianeR PC FL

    . . . And this from the political party that calls Medicare "tyranny"; and, was as opposed to its passage with as much vehemence, lies and distortions as they are health care reform. Truly amazing the number of hypocritical liars sniveling morons in the Reputrid Party.

    September 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. unshrub

    They tried this before, and it is always the same thing with them only repackaged differently.

    September 1, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. aware

    Bravo RNC! This Independent applauds you! 🙂

    September 1, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Sean

    This guy is funny, like most of those who are against a public option. I think they should stop using the word "socialism" because Medicaid is "socialism" in their definition. Bill of rights for Seniors? It's like an empty talk, let's have a bill of rights for children... and who's going to implement them? Come on, Steele should step down for the good of GOP...

    September 1, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. T Mckinley

    If Republicans are really concerned about patient's rights, why don't the propose putting a cap on how much health care insurance and big pharma executives can get paid?

    We are never going to bring health care costs under control as long as these coorporate criminals are allowed to make $$$$$$$$$$ by overcharging the American people.

    It's time for the Republicans to set aside their extremist "free market"
    ideology and begin to do what is right for the American people.

    September 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Tom

    This guy is as dumb as the Democrats in Congress. No wonder the Republicans can't get it together. The Seniors don't need their own seperate Bill of Rights. This country already has a Bill of Rights for everybody. That is the foundation of this country. Instead he is taking the same approach as the Democrats in splitting people up into groups. That is exactly what the protestors at the town hall meetings are talking about. "We are Americans and want to be treated equally....no special treatment because of anything!" People want to see their taxes used effectively, and most important they want government, left or right, out of their lives. Lets face it, 99% of what government spends its money on the average American never sees a dime. If this guy wants seperate but equal, then go somewhere else. We don't want you here.

    September 1, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Voted4HealthCare

    No, Steele, your lying, fear-mongering evil (sorry, no other way to say it) is the problem.

    No matter how many times these Republican outright lies are exposed; the GOP continues their dishonest, immoral assault in our innocent seniors. Shame on you, xGOP!

    People are in need of compassionate health care, and too many Republicans would rather play Party First games than provide constructive reforms to help seniors with Medicare and a reasonable public option for other Americans.

    Reforms Now, because it is the morally correct thing to do for America, as we elected.

    September 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. robmarie

    why do a commercial about a topic that no one in the democratic party is disputing.??? no one wants to take anything away from seniors. just more smoke to divert the real message don't allow access to all who need it.

    September 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    This guy is looking like a clown instead of the GOP Obama he is supposed to be.

    September 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. ehschoenberger

    the RNC should add a strong provision to stop the Republican's from lying about health care proposals, and mandate that they should shift their focus from impeeding reform for to gain power back in the next election – to get power back by caring about the problems of their fellow Americans and doing something functional and constructive. After over 40 years of experience arranging health care benefits for small and some large companies from personal experience I know what too many Republicans either avoid recognizing or just are ignorant of. Henry Schoenberger

    September 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Just another ploy to steer people away from the truth. Michael Steel is a joke as well as the entire Republican Party. How can they even say anything relating to 'disagreeing with Washington.' The Republican Party is in it's last days. Let's hope more moderate Republicans such as Meghan McCain can jump start a new party for the none-crazies on the other side of the aisle.

    September 1, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Mike

    A senior Bill of Rigths is not a bad idea. I was just windering why the Republicans want to follow it when the previuos administration ignored the country's Bill of Rights?

    September 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Mark S.

    Lies from a liar.....

    September 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. normajean

    How does the DNC get away with calling anyone else a liar?.This is the most convoluted article I have ever read. Michael Steele can't talk straight no matter what lie he is telling.We haven't heard the presidents complete program as yet but if you are happy with your present plan, you keep it, if not there will be others for you to choose from. I'm 84 years old and have NOO fear that anyone is trying to pull the plug on me.To do nothing as the Republicans are doing will leave thousands of people young and old without any health care. Get behind your president and let's get this program going like intellegent Americans.

    September 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. What a Joke!

    Fear Fear Fear Fear...that's all republicans know...they have no substance or ideas...so lets just scare the bejesus out of senior citizens...who are the real criminals here? who are the ones who are really trying to kill off senior citizens? my guess...REPUBLICANS & THEIR FEAR! the worry and stress put on our senior citizens by these types of lies and fear spread by the right is what's going to kill them off...thank god we have a new era of younger voters who aren't easily persuaded by your ignorance!

    September 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. ehschoenberger

    It's too bad the media has lost it objectivity that it screens out the truth but spends hours on air debating the lies of self-evident liars. Grassley claimed the proposals would kill Grandma – that was a lie. The New York times reported that there is one website which sends out chapter and verse citing pages "quoting" proposed reforms which are distortions and primarily lies. So now i know that CNN is more interested in being politically correct and moderation than a clear unvarnished view of truth. Whomever screens comments should be checked for wisdom, judgement and their concern for reporting the truth like Edward R Murrow did about McCarthy.

    September 1, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Darrel from Denver

    Typical Repbulican vapor-ware and scare tactics. This is realling getting tiresome and annoying. They have nothing to offer. Their stewardship has failed the country. And now they want to scare us older folks into supporting them?

    Class clown Steele and his cronies are worthless. They should all be retired and put on the street without all the government benefits they believe they deserve. Live like the rest of us and see how they like it.

    September 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. white female

    I am soooooo sick of these Ads, lies, and more scare tatics, from the Repubs. This unedcated fool MIKE Steele should go back to School, and try learning how to read, write and speak, he shows NO education at all. Why is he in the Repub's Party. He is a big loser, and left over from way back when.
    He just look and sound so out of place and touch, Give a Dog a bone, to carry, and he will bring one back. MIKey,please let it go son.
    you will never be anything close to President Obama, no way no how.
    Right now I don't think the Black community want to have anything to do with you either.
    (LOL)

    September 1, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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