September 3rd, 2009
05:43 PM ET
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Conservative group resumes health care ad campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Conservatives for Patient's Rights announced that the group will begin airing a new TV ad next Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A major player in the health care ad wars is back in the game after a recent suspension of its campaign in the wake of Sen. Ted Kennedy's death.

Conservatives for Patient's Rights will start airing "No Promises" next Tuesday as the congressional August recess ends, one day before President Obama is set to address Congress about health care.

The 30-second ad focuses on the public health insurance option, which has become a lightning rod in the debate over overhauling the nation's health care system. "Tell President Obama to drop his government-run public option plan," the end of the ad says.

Democratic proposals to make a public health insurance plan available to uninsured Americans have come under increasing attack by Republicans during the August recess. The White House is also under pressure from liberal advocacy groups to continue to push for inclusion of the public option in the final version of health care reform legislation.

The conservative group suspended its multi-million dollar ad campaign the day after Sen. Kennedy died at age 77 from brain cancer.

"[N]ow is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance," Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights, said in an August 26 statement announcing the temporary halt to health care ads. "Senator Kennedy's lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations. His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents. His voice and presence will be missed."

CPR's new ad will air on CNN and Fox News and is supported by $600,000 in ad dollars, the group said Thursday.

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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Wouldn't it be nice if our politicians actually put this much time and effort into getting something done, instead of playing cowboys and indians everyday? I know, I know, that would make too much sense! What was I thinking?

    September 3, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. insurance plan available to uninsured Americans have come under increasing attack by Republicans

    Republicans have a follow up plan after this:

    1. punch old ladies in the stomach
    2. kick puppies like a football
    3. pinch small babies until they cry

    they are all heart

    September 3, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. justsane

    i guess that they didn't want people to be thinking about what they would do if they had the misfortune to be diagnosed with brain cancer...

    we need single-payer universal health care. if conservatives are scared of "socialized" medicine, they can purchase their own private insurance. let the for-profit bean counters decide what kind of care they're entitled to.

    September 3, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Garys opinion

    Focus on malpractice reform, elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions and kids.

    No public option! No new taxes! No deficit spending! No government panels! No rationing!

    September 3, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. nurse

    How many more times must the same lies be told before this power grab is stopped . Every thing Barry has said has been shown to be a lie! I will take Carter over this THING

    September 3, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Do you people really want the IRS snooping into your personal bank accounts to see just what type of health care plan you and your family have? And if you don't have one under Obamacare, having the IRS going after you. And to think you liberals were screaming bloody murder over Bush and the possible intrusion into your private lives because of the Patriot Act.

    September 3, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. On the other hand...

    I have a question for those in favor of ObamaCare;

    Why stop at health care? Doesn't everyone also deserve a free college education? Why should some people get educated and others not? What about housing? Why do some people have a place to live and others are homeless? That can't be fair. What about a new pair of shoes every 6 months? What about food? Why do some people eat better than others? Are they special???

    If we are going to bankrupt the nation, why not provide everything to everybody? It's only money and Bush spent money defending national interests! It's the Democrats' turn, right?

    September 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. nurse

    Medicare is bankrupt because of Dems raiding the kitty , just like FDR said soc sec was tax exempt HA HA HA Dems started taxing it and Raided the reserve NO MORE ( LOCK BOX as AL would say ) Now we are supose to give Karl marx ...I mean Barry 2 thirds of the economy so he can safe gaurd it !!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    I really dont know why the republicansare against the president, he's given them every thing they wanted. its sad that so many inbreed yahoo's would listen to anything the republicans say,well we get what we deserve.

    September 3, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    To all you Liberal kool aide drinkers. Pleas stop with the vicious attacks on the GOP and check your party's utter implosion in the polls! The majority of Americans are against Obama's government control of healthcare. Gor God's sake, the Dems control BOTH houses and the Presidency. Why don't you spew your rancorous vile on the Democrats listening to their constituants? Pelosi,Reid,Frank, Dodd and NoBama ill-gotten path to socialism is comming to an end so maybe it's time to start relying on yourselves instead of more government handouts and free entitlements OK!

    September 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Larry

    Republicans against the average American

    How disgusting

    Time to throw these BUMS out of office

    September 3, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. Tom L

    Hey Democrats, keep up the mocking and condescending attitudes. It's really helping out Republicans.

    September 3, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Pam-Independent

    NO, I will certainly NOT tell President Obama to drop his government-run public healthcare option! Instead I choose to JUST SAY NO to the GOP on this issue.

    Note to GOP: the keyword here is OPTION. Get it?

    September 3, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Dean

    This CPR is not a conservitive group its the Insurance industry spreading lies and fear so they can make millions more from us.
    Wake up people.. We want and need a public option in this bill to keep these evil insurance goons in line.

    September 3, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. IQ test for all voters

    PROFF POSITIVE that ALL the republicans are corrupt!!!

    If Obama actually does drop the public option, then HE'S just as corrupt as the rest of them and ALL of washington OWNED by the corporations!!!

    September 3, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Medicare and Social Security are both going bankrupt for the lefts information. Your Congress memebers started digging into it when they controlled both houses of the legislature and the republicans are not any better. Also the democrats have used social security and medicare to buy the senior citizens votes by spending more than these citizens put into the program. These are facts! New rules and subsidies for only the neediest are changes we need but others need to change their priorities and pay for their own health insurance like my son who pays $250.00 a month for he and his 5 year old son while making $18,000 a year. The Free-Loaders need to take responsibility for themselves not rely on the taxpayers. I am Taxed Enough Already!

    September 3, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Sharon

    The plan of the republican party is to have a 2-class system, the haves and the have nots. Those of us who are in between are the ones they have to bring down yet and many of the uneducated middle are still following them. I guess they won't mind being the class of nothing, while all the republican leaders have everything. It's kind of like the movie "It's a Wonderful LIfe". A republican bell rings every time another middle American goes broke or bankrupt. Got to support those multimillionaire health company CEOs. Doesn't everyone enjoy making a contribution to their paycheck with 30 or 40% of their health care premiums going into that kitty?

    September 3, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. CA Indie for Obama

    so the repubs do not want the uninsured to have coverage under any circumstance? I could believe the rethugs were sincere if they offered an alternative. But in the absence of an alternative and continual misrepresentation of the insurance plan, I can only conclude they do not care about the uninsured.
    BTW, I am not thrilled about the cost of the program. The care providers (doctors and hospitals) have given up something, but the insurance and pharmaceutical companies have given almost nothing. They need to be part of the solution as they have been a BIG part of the problem to date.

    September 3, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Kim in mpls

    Listen we're all about greed, we like money and we don't believe in the soul or god...

    Well I believe. I may die sooner but I like my chances better.

    September 3, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. carrie

    Yes , let us kill any heath care reform that would help the helpless, or give voice to the voicless, or the Christian directive that unto the least of these you have done it unto me....sure would like to know now WWJD. Doubt he would be very proud of the GOP , they think they have all the values but never seem to show them. As a Christian , I am ashamed of what I am seeing and hearing , they hate Obama so much they are selling their souls.

    September 3, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Stunned

    It is very disheartening to read every day about how disturbingly stupid many of my fellow americans are – fighting against their best interests and backing an industry who will never back them if they lose their job or get sick... and don't even get me started about how UNChrist-like they really are for a bunch of self-proclaimed Christians. I truly am sad.

    September 3, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. tochi

    The right wing lunitics have decided to challenge the results of the last election . Obama policies have saved mid west turning into desert by saving auto industry, these same lunitics would have been standing in soup lines if Obama didn't save the financial system. Investment in America has saved thousands of jobs and in future will create many more. The right wing, just like in Clinton era ,cannot bear to see a democrat president succeed.

    September 3, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Bill in Ct.

    Just came from one one these town hall meetings here in Ct.. Let me tell you it was nothing like the crap I see on Tv. Congressman Grimes handle it the way a Democratic should handle those rude people. In the beginning some tried to yell and shout out but Grimes told them if they can't be respectful to the people here they would be booted out of here, so just like a child who an adult scolds, they keep it respectful. So I take it, as long as you put those clowns in their place, it goes fine.

    September 3, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. ralph

    the government has no business involved in healthcare, other than tort reform, they should have bailed out the auto industry, we're way off track 31/2 more years of destruction left, embarassing for those who fought for american ideals.

    September 3, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Ken Williams

    What I don't understand is why am I an idiot or a racist because I want a simple explanation on what this bill contains, and I want the things that aren't going to work taken out. Just because the President says something doesn't make it true! You want the Independent voters to support these ideas: Show how the health care plan can be paid for.Tell me why my employer will continue to offer me health insurance if there's a public option. How will our plans for socialized medicine work when they haven't in other country's? How will this plan get health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. Finally, why are we rushing through this when anything that's approved will not go into effect until 2013?

    September 4, 2009 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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