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.

Filed under: Ads • Health care • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. bozo the obama

    The 1930's are coming out of the fog and it the czars or the chancellor himself ???

    September 3, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. annie s

    I refuse to understand why a once proud network like CNN refuses to state that "Conservatives for Patient's Rights" is run by Rick Scott – the former CEO of the largest for-profit hospital chain in America – a company that was fined 1.7 billion by the Government for Medicare fraud – and of which they admitted their guilt. It should be obvious to anyone that this man does not represent the best interests of American citizens.

    September 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. T Mckinley

    The private health care insurance industry IS the problem. It is an industry motivated by greed, selfishness, and more greed.

    "Conservatives for Patient's Rights" is both an oxymoron and false advertising.

    September 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Lila

    Obama just needs to push through a public option while he has the numbers, otherwise I think there will be no real reform.

    Yes, either way, the insurance companies are going to take a beating. But from how they've treated me, my family and my friends, I say they've had it coming.

    September 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. bozo the obama

    Christian values :: your new favorite pastor must be Jeremiah or could it be jesse , ohhh i know REVEREND Al. NOOOO it's the MESSIAH --B.O.

    September 3, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. 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!

    And 'Christian Value'....interesting post. I was totally under the impression that abortion was against most christian values. You are pretty unique I guess, since what is currently proposed with cover abortions on all tax payers dimes. Interesting.

    September 3, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. MikeH

    18000 Americans put to death last year by the Conservatives for Patients Rights Death Panels. How many will they put to death this year?

    Conservative for Patients Rights -You have the right to stand before their real Death Panel, paid for and operated by the Health Insurance Industry.

    September 3, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    I recieve my medical care from Tricare for Life as a retired military person – this is government run and I am very happy with it – I dare say that the 46,000,000 that do not have medical ins would be proud to have my government run insurance.

    September 3, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Go Obama Go!!! Get them and whip them into shape. We need a puplic option now. Have you seen the stupid commercials by the Insurance Companies that talk about no pre existing conditions and health care coverage for makes me want to puke every time I see it. If nothing is done, to stop their greed, do you actually think they will abolish the pre existing condition on their own???? If that were true why haven't they done it yet???? If you think insurance companies are out to help you, you are a moron!!!!

    September 3, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. gg

    were not talking about cars or houses or building a highway where talking about life and death corpporations should not be in the health insurance just another corporate scam like flood insurance your covered unless it rains

    September 3, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Carlos

    The ad should read, watch your hands while your around finger eating lib dems.

    September 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Retired US Army Officer - Kansas

    Lets swift boat health care, thats the way to gain political power isn't it, knock it, kick and bottom line don't participate in meaning full processes for change.

    September 3, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Reagan was wrong

    I'm sorry, but it's just really really really hard to take a group headed by a former Insurance Executive who was fined 1.7 BILLION DOLLARS for fraud seriously.

    It's like the Ham Society telling me that chicken sucks.

    September 3, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. psk

    It is unconscionable to mandate health insurance coverage and not provide a nonprofit option for middle-class people who are slightly above the poverty line. The only way to keep the insurance industry honest is to offer not-for-profit competition. Let them make their money on this by contracting to do the fulfillment, for the same administrative costs the federal government incurs for Medicare. That would prevent bloating the bureaucracy and burdening taxpayers with entitlement jobs.

    September 3, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. MCD, SF, CA

    I want NOT-FOR-PROFIT medical care... gov-run, public-run, extended Medicare... whatever... NOT co-op!

    Blue Cross just tried to raise their rates in Michigan by 56%!!!!!! This is just one insurance company and one state... the state regulators allowed 22%.

    Don't let the puppets of the insurance industry scare you... think for yourselves. Insurance Execs are being paid millions in bonuses... where do you think that comes from? Your Premiums!

    September 3, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Joyce in South Carolina

    I sincerely hope that most Americans are intelligent and will not believe any of the negative ads. the dictionary.

    "Option" 1. the power or right of choosing.
    2. something that may be or is chosen; choice.
    3. the act of choosing.

    I am on Medicare and love it............and it is run by the government.

    If we did not have Social Security and Medicare for our Seniors, a lot of young people would be supporting their elderly parents. I am happy that my children do not have to do this.

    September 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. michael

    For all the reform they are talking about they still refuse to limit malpractice suits which means that doctors will continue to order unneccesary tests to cover thier own buts from being sued.

    For those that thik the goverment can run a health care program then you should be aware that medicare currently overpays for medical equipment such as wheelchairs by as much as 4 times what they are worth.

    For those that "Fully support" Obama's health plan I have a question for you which one of the plans currently out there are actually his?

    September 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    I got one. pResident Obama stay out of my pockets. You want to give illegal aliens and lazy liberal’s free health care then you pay for it out of your own pocket.

    September 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. obummer, 1 and done

    The dimocratic message on health care

    If you want something for free, come to our side. (we'll make those who work hard pay for it. hehehe!)

    If you want to work go to the party of no.

    No to handouts
    No to laziness.
    No to spend, spend, spend.
    No to destroying our country.

    Proud member of the party of No.

    September 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. JP

    How come the trial lawyers are more important than the taxpayers in all the proposals so far.

    September 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. FWork

    The Republicans are media masters; they have an organized communications strategy in EVERYTHING they do.

    September 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Kate in SW Fla

    He should drop the Public Option for now, and pass other insurance reform. then, in a year or two, he should push for "Extended Medicare" and open it up to everyone 55 and up. Couple years later, 45 and up, etc. It is the term "public option" that is killing it. Medicare for everyone, eventually, and that, my friend, will work.

    September 3, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. The power be with you

    Republicans do not care about our country...they are paid by the private insurance companies to oppose any effort by President Obama for health care reform even if they know that private health insurance companies are bringing the U.S.A. down!! Our industries can't compete with foreign industries because of the high cost of insurance prices they have to pay to cover their workers, this cost, you know, has to be added to the price of their products in order for them to make money...this money they have to pay the insurance companies takes away for these companies to invest for example in improving the quality of their products, for example cars, and of course it just raises the price of their products so much that it is impossible for them to compete with other countries who do not have problems with such expensive insurance coverage. Here we are buying foreign cars because they are cheaper and of better quality and just putting down our car industries for not being able to produce cars of good quality and lower prices...please, think American and hopefully, with lower health insurance prices, we'll be able to again buy American and be proud of our American products!!


    September 3, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    don't you see CNN, how the government just keeps the people fighting among themselves – that way they can do whatever the hell they please.

    September 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    P.S. to my last post regarding pre-authorizations: Regardless of whether my doctor may think a procedure is medically necessary, the insurance company can deny it.

    THAT is a bureaucrat standing between me and my doctor.

    September 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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