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. Lisa P

    How about a Health Care Bill of Rights for everybody, not just seniors? It could end insurance company death panels and denial of insurance due to pre-existing conditions, guarantee affordable premiums and a reasonable standard of care for everybody, and regulate medical practice so that people don't waste time on useless or fraudulent treatments and quacks face swift and sure punishment.

    Oh, wait - the Republicans oppose all that stuff. Never mind.

    Any senior who falls for this divide-and-conquer piece of nonsense deserves to lose their Medicare coverage. But then they probably didn't know that Medicare is a government program to begin with...

    September 1, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    How about that Contract With America Mr. Steele? Will it superceed the Seniors Bill of Rights? Which stupid Republican gimick is more important???

    September 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. jaye

    So, instead of calling for healthcare for all, they're calling for a senor's bill of rights....LOL Senor Citizens already have every coverage available.
    These republicans are just plain stupid!

    September 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Jim Doyle

    Sounds a lot like the "Contract with America" back in the 90's. New format for old lies....these guys are shameless.

    September 1, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Big Ed

    This so-called "Senior Bill Of Rights" does not help jump start the economy, it does not produce jobs, it is not a renewable source of clean energy, it does not help end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it does not help domestic companies and it does not provide a reasonable answer to health care. And it sure doesn't do anything for domestic security.

    So what's the point of this "ad" again? What solutions does it suggest? It's just like the Birthers, the Tea Parties and the Town Hall Rowdies...all smoke and mirrors. All fluff and no stuff. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Lead, follow or get out of the way!

    September 1, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Why would any Seniors trust these lying Republicans that oppsed the creation of SS and Medicare? Michale Steele is one of the biggest jokers in the Republcans party.

    September 1, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    What a ..................................................................... joke

    September 1, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. KJ

    First, Republicans say no to government in health care. Now, they want to protect Medicare. Isn't Medicare a government run helath care plan? The hyprocisy of the Republican seems to have no bounds!

    September 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Dennis

    The RNC spends more money on ads to make the Democrats spend more money on ads for a debate no one apparently wants to have. When it comes to healthcare, I'm reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. When it comes to Congress and the Administration, I'm reminded of when Jesus cast the demons into the swine and the parable of the Three Talents. They have all this money for ads, but we have to borrow all this money from China? Go figure. Something in that town just ain't right.

    September 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Good idea. Use all your energy to protect us from things that were never going to happen anyway.

    Your fear tactics don't work, Steele. Your'e such a shill for the Party of nothing. You all didn't want us to have medicare in the first place. We can read who voted against it – the Repukes.

    September 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Ryan

    That's sad... The GOP is taking advantage of the lack of knowledge that senior citizens receive on such topics, and they're also using scare tactics to get them to oppose health reform. Wow, how do you guys sleep at night knowing that your party does such things?

    September 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Angie in Pa

    What a complete Joke for a party that was against Social security,and Medicare and any kind of social program for the Seniors now cares? Pathethtic. anyway the things that are in the Seniors bill of rights are also in the Healthcare reform bill do Republicans really think people are stupid?

    September 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    What we really need is an official opinion from the American Bar Association as to whether attorneys who serve in public office are bound by their codes of professional ethics to not blatantly lie to the public in order to use misinformation as a tool for skewing democracy by wrecking the public's ability to make educated, informed decisions. I'd love to see some of these GOPer jerks face disbarment for what they've done and are doing.

    September 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. bcords

    more of the same old republican lie tactics meant to scare old people. problem is they work and the repukes know it. they should be ashamed of themselves, but that would require them to have feelings!
    i hope michael steele keeps this kind of stuff up because the newest voters, who actually educate themselves, see right through this crap. steele is taking the gop down, which is great!

    September 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    The repubs supporting Medicare????..What a joke................These guys did everything they could to oppose medicare, saddled our seniors with the part D donut hole..........NOW they are looking out for the Seniors......NOT................Steele is an Embarrassment

    September 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Obama Victim

    everyone's basic right:

    Freedom from Democrat Part tyranny and oppression

    September 1, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Lee M, Egg Harbor NJ

    I'd trust the AARP over the scummy lies these republican fear mongers spread. Health Reform is fully endorsed by the AARP.

    Remember, the republicans were against Medicare (before they pretended to be for it) and they were against Social Security from the start and have spent decades trying to kill it ever since.

    Their only allies among the less wealthy are gross ignorance, fear mongering and lying, intolerce and hate and cynicism.

    This (republicans pretending to be on the side of seniors and trying to use/scare and lie to them) is the height of moral depravity and cynicism.

    September 1, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Leave it to the corrupt democrats to try to steal from our seniors in order to buy votes from the poor and the illegal aliens.

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Steph

    What a joke. A bill of rights announced in an ad from a politial party, not brought to the house floor by an actual representative . This "bill" protects against the boogey man (things the right wing nuts say are going to happen to seniors if health care reform is passed that aren't and never have been in any of the bills making their way through the legislative process). Health care reform will help seniors, especially those who fall through the cracks of the current system, and the seniors children and grandchildren. We need health care reform now. We don't need more ads from the RNC!!!!

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. JA/TN

    the rnc is full of itself(for lack of the other word), or did it not have a voice during the bush dictatorship

    September 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. A. Rice

    Mr. Steele...The Republicans would not be standing, if they did not
    envoke the memory of Regan into every issue in their platform.

    September 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. chelle

    So let me get this straight, in the US, a public health plan is considered 'socialism' and is bad bad bad, BUT socialized medicine is okay for retired folks? Say what??? Do Republicans EVER make sense?

    And why would you drop a common-sense thing like an end-of- life plan? Right – if you just ignore it, it means it won't happen? Kind of like saying young healthy people don't need health insurance or life insurance...until of course something bad happens....oops

    September 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Mary Lou Hamm

    so we need more than 1 bill of rights?

    im sick of nanny state republicans!

    September 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Does anyone know how the various bills address attracting and retaining doctors, nurses and other health care professionals? My concern is with up to 49 million new people using the same number of doctors and nurses as we have today, there will be a lot of stress on healthcare professionals. That means more mistakes (sometimes fatal) and rationing by default since demand will far exceed supply.

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Steph

    I think it is a good idea to pay doctors to discuss end of life options with each patient. Who wants to be stuck in the unfortunate situation of trying to guess what a seriously injured or sick loved one may want in terms of end of life care. Why has this turned into such a big, scary thing. Think of all the chaos that could have been avoided if Terry Schivo had a living will that clearly addressed her feelings about life support.

    I don't want the RNC to prevent doctors from talking to their patients about important health care decisions!

    September 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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