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. katiec

    Now the republicans are coming after President Obama because he wants to speak to the students about education.
    How in the world can any intelligent person continue to support
    these unetical, destroy our president at any cost, fear mongering

    September 3, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Republicans would rather see people die just to get their point across.

    September 3, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Steph

    Is should say....Tell Obama to drop socialized medicine like the VA or Medicare or the health insurance government employees get. Oh wait, we all like those types of socialized medicine. I guess I'm just confused now. What government run health insurance option shouldn't we like??? And why???

    September 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Don't mistake a Public Option for being a health care fix. It does not address the fundamental problem of health care which is that health care is too expensive. A Public Option just passes a higher cost to taxpayers. Demand instead that government does the difficult work to actually fix health care. Spending borrowed money is just too easy for these DC politicians anymore! Demand instead that they do their jobs!
    Their jobs are not to blow our money to take the easy way out of problems.

    September 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Gerry

    You people don't get it. I believe that everyone wan't health care (not health insurance) reform. We don't want it to be government run. I am on medicare but it is estimated to be broke in nine years. This is not good.

    September 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Suzan are all for the rights of the unborn but to hell with the people who have no health care......just let them die........what hypocrites.........

    September 3, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. PAUL W.

    Conservatives for Patients Rights? More like Conservatives for the preservation of Insurance Companies Profits. I cannot believe so many Americans are being taken in by this shameless pack of liars also known as the GOP.

    Get a clue people.

    September 3, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Just mad because they lost

    Rubplicans are just mad because they lost the election. It has nothing to do with healthcare. They would rather their suffer without health insurance just to prove a point.

    September 3, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Jack in Florida

    Health Care Reform Now..............what is everyone afraid of? Oh yeah......the lobbyists that make bundles of money from the Insurance Lobby. Greed is not cool and this country needs an overhaul in it's health care providers. Stop the fear mongering

    September 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Post always rejected by CNN

    We know the health care and drug companies are pulling out all the stops to get dumb butt people to protest against this bill. What I can't understand is where in the world do all the dumb bunnies in this country come from. Not one of those jumping up and down in the town hall meetings has one iota notion as to what they are protesting. With all the lies Fox, rush, drudge, malkin and the Pee Baggers are spewing you would think they had sense enough to know something is up. They should know that the billions of dollars health and drug companies are giving to congress, especially republicans to try to sink this bill has to mean they are scared crapless. If they were scared they wouldn't be throwing this money at republicans and the blue dogs.

    I am so glad that the people in this country have now got the blue dogs number and are going to throw them out of office in 2012.

    September 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Just mad because they lost

    It has nothing to do with healthcare, the republicans are just mad because they lost the election. They would rather their children suffer without health insurance, just to prove a point.

    September 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Emma

    The Republican Party's denial of their lack of support throughout the US
    and their stubborn refusal to acknowledge we live in a much newer, more connected society may lead to even more of their inefficiency to govern in a country where they lack sufficient followers. Sounds like a terminal condition to be in.

    September 3, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. stripe

    I agree with them – every single cent of of our tax dollars should be going to support wars. Not one penny should go to Social Security, Medicare, health reform, roads, schools, bridges, courts, police, sports stadiums, food stamps or anything that provides a positive benefit to taxpayers. They are exactly right – every last bit of our tax dollars should go towards killing other people – after all, the sooner all human beings are off the planet, the better.

    September 3, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Keeth in California

    "Tell President Obama to drop his government-run public option plan,"

    Cuz we don't want no stinkin' socialized medicine... like Medicare or the Veteran's Administration that consistently beat private insurance in patient satisfaction and new technologies and advancements.

    September 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Nick 27, So Cal

    Funny how they suspended the ad because Kennedy died... If the cause to stop public health was so great why stop the ad? because they know that it is all a plan to stall anything on the presidents agenda. I don't hear the repubs screaming about our "socialist" programs Medicare and Social Security or how about public schools.. police.. firefighters.. road workers.. etc. The republican model of America would be complete anarchy.. no gov. no oversight.. everyone for themselves! That is not the America I live in or would want to live in.. read this very slowly.. THE "UNITED" STATES OF AMERICA!! Just think.. what would Jesus do?? Would he stand up and help the poor and fight for mercy and understanding or would he tell you to get lost?

    September 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Stephee

    I feel Conservatives and Republicans are spending too much money on these 30 second ads to make a point. If you guys are so against this health reform, why not make a plan on what kind of health care you think would be better?

    Oh don't have a plan. All you do is complain and attack......
    Give it a rest!

    No matter what anyone tries to do, American are going to be left waiting and suffering if Dems and Reps don't work together in trying to help us.

    September 3, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. sandy

    To all Americans who support our President on health care reform, Where are you? Why are you not taking to the streets to give him support. Why are you letting these "nuts" take our country from us. It is not our President who is trying to change our country in a wrong way, it is the nuts out there who are taking their cause to the streets. I and all Americans who support this President need to help him. I am tired of these holier than thou people who have done such damage to our country. Stand up America and help your President.

    September 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. a little sad

    Rick Scott was party to Medicare fraud as the CEO of HCA. He is part of the CAUSE of runaway health costs.

    Is this the best the anti-reform movement can field?

    September 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. T Mckinley

    Conservatives for Patient's Rights? I don't think so.

    How about...Conservatives for Health Care Insurance Executive's Rights.

    Protecting the rights of health care insurance executives to make millions and millions in executive compensation packages while continuing to raise insurance rates on the American people.

    September 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Frank, Las Vegas

    Do these groups understand that they are all playing to and hearing from the same 10% of the American public? I doubt it.

    September 3, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Steve

    I guess they were just itching to get back into the arena and start lying again.

    September 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Jimmy the Geek is an idiot

    The Health Care industry has a stranglehold over members of Congress, which is why reform has not already occurred. The insurance lobby doesn't want competition it only wants higher profits at the expense of the average American. We need to have a level playing field with competition in order to reduce the current price-gouging and cherry-picking going on. No one should go bankrupt because they are sick but that is precisely what happens now.

    September 3, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. jules sand-perkins

    CPR was very respectful of Sen. Kennedy indeed.
    It's time to save the country now.
    Doesn't Obama know about Benjamin Franklin, getting opposing parties together, and realistic compromise?
    Health-care reform without the public option would find enough support to pass. If our President really wants just reform–not just bought votes–he will bring the parties together, make peace, and change by compromising.

    September 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. T Mckinley

    I see that Rick Scott is feigning a hypocritical tribute to the memory of Ted Kennedy. What a bunch of B.S.

    Rick Scott is opposed to EVERYTHING Ted Kennedy stood for concerning health care reform.

    September 3, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Robert

    The only question President Obama should be answering during his bla bla is 'how'....and specifics – but don't hold your breath – it will be the ultimate smoke and mirrors. Just as VP Biden said today -"President to talk on Healthcare priorities". He has talked priorities and all that during the campaign stuff and he has gone back on so many of those promises – even from a month ago. I ask – why trust him now? His credability is shot! No government take over of Healthcare – lets do some tort reform – lets allow competition between the States. Those alone will drive the costs down. Try those first and then move forward. Oh – but a complete take over???? NOT!

    September 3, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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