September 3rd, 2009
05:43 PM ET
12 years ago

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. JonDie

    The conservatives and Republican message on health care:

    NO! to ANY health care reform of any kind.

    Let Medicare go bankrupt and let Americans continue to go bankrupt trying to stay well as health care costs spiral out of control.

    September 3, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Jay T.

    I wonder if they came up with some new whoppers to fire up the base. I think it would be fun to invent scary medical procedures to feed to a group of people who believe anything that is anti-Obama. Are they hiring? I got a few good ones I pulled off some Science Fiction movies I've been watching.

    September 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Christian Values

    I used to be a member of the party that 'talks' about christian values, republicans.

    But I finally found one that practices christian values, now I'm a democrat.

    As a christian, I fully endorse Obama's Health Care Reform. And I didn't even vote for the guy! I suppose some people from my former party will find an excuse to disobey their christian values and teachings, and I'm going to guess it's based on 'greed' (akin to gluttony). One of those very sins they 'talk' about each sunday, but never have the ethics nor character to actually avoid.

    September 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Jimmy the Greek

    We want REFORM... not a Government Takeover!!

    Get it? Do you understand??? If not – we'll be happy to vote in Congressional representation who DOES understand!!

    2010 – Donkey Go Home

    September 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Robert, burbank

    here they come again. Any lobbyst and republicans behind this/ Will americans buy this add? Hope not....
    I want to believe that i am living in THe UNITED STATES OF AMERICA not on THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA

    September 3, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Moderate Democrat

    Conservatives version of a Patients Rights:

    1. The right to die by being denied
    2. If you are no longer profitable to them, you will die
    3. Your baby should die
    4. Your doctor has no say, we decide if you live or die
    5. Ration Health Care, you can't have any, but we can
    6. Bankrupt America

    Any industry that constitutes 15% of the economy needs to be given competition by the Government. NO industry should account for 15% of our economy. If it does, then there is an OBVIOUS waste of money going to it, only a RETARD wouldn't recognize that. The industry that constitutes the most waste of money and lives IS the Private Health Care industry. They need to clean up their act, and if that means the government has to do it for them, then LET"S DO IT, they obviously won't.

    September 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. sara-fl

    the ad- should be let it be we are happy with what we got it that means nothing for some! The country of who cares.

    September 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. VGal

    Ha – does the ad also say "tell Obama to drop government run Medicare?" Perhaps the GOP should also say "keep your gov out of my medicare". Idiots.

    September 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    this is sooooo old school! – can't they come up with something new to attack the president with – they have used every smear in the attack books; "socialist", "narzist" "palling with "t e r r o r i s t", "communists", you name it and it's NOT working; Americans need healthcare reform...why is the insurance companies and the republiklan right wing NUTS scared of competition in the health insurance market???....this is a waste of $600,000 ad dollars; they should be thinking of something construtive to do with that money!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. AJ

    As usual, republicans will do anything to protect their buddies in the insurance indusrty. There is no meaningful reform without the public option.

    September 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Bridgette

    They played their hand to early. Because now people are no longer angry they just want it explained a little better. I just want the details of this plan.

    September 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Theresa in Bozeman

    We should consider the source or shall I say the financial backing of the "Conservatives for Patients' Rights." This group is funded by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

    I have to scoff at their bureaucrat in the doctor's office ad. Have you ever spent an entire morning on the phone with your insurance carrier (in my case Blue Cross/Blue Shield) trying to get them to cover a denied service which they clearly should cover? Talk about a bureaucracy getting between you and your doctor.

    September 3, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Chris - Denver

    I government-run health insurance is so bad, why don't the countries that have it just get rid of it?

    September 3, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Chandler

    Why are they so threatened by a public option? Because their pockets are lined with the lobbying money of health insurance companies that are killing Americans citzens left and right with their greed.

    It is time to end rescission!
    It is time to end life time caps on health care!
    It is time to FINALLY have the individual insurance market regulated by the same rules that group plans must follow.

    It is time for people in states like Arkansa and North Dakota to have choice! Right now, 90% of their insurance market is covered by Blue Cross! Enough of monopolies!!!!

    September 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Ironic that the same seniors who are vehemently protesting the Government health care plan as socialism are being taken care of by Medicare. Then again, those who are still clinging to the Republican party don't strike me as being too intelligent.

    September 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. vic nashville , Tn

    These Conservatives they don’t know What is conservative they think be in the old school is conservative no there is lot they have to learn

    September 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    Read it, ABORTIONS AND ILLEGALS will be paid for by your tax dollars, its Obama's share the wealth promise. Obama SELLS AMERICA.

    Brought to you by Obama Socialistic Republic of NON-America

    September 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Carole

    TELL McCain the next time he needs a melanoma removed to not use Bethesda Naval Hospital!!!! You know, a government run hospital.

    September 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Joe

    The Republican & Corporate America sponsored reform program:

    Step #1: Don't get sick.
    Step #2: Work til you're dead.

    Problem solved.

    Brought to you by Conservative Patients Rights (aka an ex-Health Insurance CEO)

    September 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Gary from Madison, WI

    Isn't this the group that was started by a health insurance executive?

    September 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Houstonia

    I would like just one of you anti-public OPTION (because it's an OPTION people) people – those of you who think it's some kind of takeover to answer a couple of questions for me.

    Are you against Medicare? Are you against health care for the indigent (that means poor)? Are you against the Christian thought of aiding the sick and the disabled?

    And I don't want to hear about how you've pulled youselves up by your own bootstraps and paid your own medical bills – if that's the case – I am sincerely happy for you. But there are people out there – good people – who are falling through the cracks. What do we do about them? Do we just let them fall through and write them off as "collateral damage?"

    Please – someone willing to give a serious answer.

    September 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Why doesn't the head of this conservative group tell us how he was forced out of a CEO job for insurance fraud?

    September 3, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. No Free Lunch

    CNN has lost their credibility on this issue because the insurance companies have obviously purchased coverage that is biased in their favor (which means against the American people) when they bought the time to air that ad.

    September 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. DJ

    The Republicans have yet to bring ONE idea to the table. If we truly had big government then people really would be in death panels because medicare, medicaid are the only way most older adults can get healthcare.

    Don't believe all the lies. Support the President.

    September 3, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. AntiRush

    What Patient's Rights are they fighting for? The right to pay outrageous premiums, or not be able to afford insurance at all? The right to have needed treatment denied? The right not to get re-imbursed for needed drugs? The right to be told by some clerk at an insurance company whether or not I can get life saving treatment?

    September 3, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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