October 15th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the Ticker: Insurance industry new DNC target

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is targeting the health insurance industry in its latest public relations campaign to try and discredit critics of President Obama's efforts to reform the nation's health care system, a party official tells CNN.

The DNC will send supporters an email this afternoon informing them that America's Health Insurance Plans - the insurance lobbying arm - has been picked for its "Call 'em Out" campaign. The DNC has created a new Web page and video that criticizes the industry for opposing Obama on this issue.

"The lobby has invested millions trying to convince Congress to oppose reform,"
Jen O'Malley Dillon, executive director of the DNC, writes in the e-mail provided to CNN. "So this week, we're not simply debunking lies: The best way to Call 'em Out is to cut through the spin and tell our representatives to say 'no' to deceitful lobbyists and 'yes' to reform."

So far, the DNC has only targeted Republican elected officials in the month-old campaign: House Minority Leader John Boenher of Ohio, Arizona Sen. John Kyl, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. This is the first time the DNC is taking on a particular industry.

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Filed under: DNC • Health care
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. hal9000

    so NO democrats have taken money from the insurance companies or any other company concerned with health care?

    The GOP can NOT block anything! They don't have the votes, so the democrats need to focus on THEIR OWN party!

    October 15, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Dems have to have a villain.

    October 15, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Gerry

    Don't blame the insurance industry blame yourselves for do nothing to let this happen.

    October 15, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Alfredo

    The DNC sounds so much like some sort of paranoid outfit. Nobody can disagree with their proposals and/or policy without them saying they're being discredited. They just don't get it. Not everyone is going to agree with you! That doesn't mean they're trying to discredit you, only that they don't like the paths you're taking the country in. And its not just Republicans anymore, even in their own party, there is much dissent and bickering over just about everything. When Clinton was in office all we heard from them was there was some sort of right-wing conspiracy out to get them. Give it a break! This is America! We are the people and we have a very loud voice! If our elected representatives won't speak for us then we'll speak for ourselves in whatever medium we want, to be heard.

    October 15, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. DanTheSensibleMan

    Exactly, the insurance industry doesn't care about its image as a whole because people don't have a choice, they beed health insurance. And since the blame for creating this missinformation campaign gets spread evenly there is no incentive to stop. Instead, attack the politicians who regurgitate the lies of the insurance industry on the foors of the house and senate. We need to embarass those right wingers who let their lobbyist buddies do their research on the issues for them. In the coming senate elections I hope democratic challangers play the tapes of some of the rediculous claims republicans have made that make it look like they are less qualified to hold their position than a 13 year old kids with wikipedia.

    October 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. worriedmom

    HEY DNC this means nothing. You need to name Democrats if you are gonna be fair!! But then again, democrats fair, ha, ha!

    October 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Erasmus

    The fact that the insurance companies have turned up the volume against health care reform and are pouring millions of dollars into lobbying and disinformation, makes it patently clear that the "public option" must be included in any reform bill that is passed.

    October 15, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Glennis

    While it 's true we need reform, what Congress is trying to give us doesn't fit the description. With their record of spending, waste, fraud and corruption, they couldn't sell me water if my hair was on fire. As for demonizing the insurance companies (who certainly could do better), it's simply more proof that the Democrats have never met a business segment they didn't want to tinker with, meddle in, control, or eliminate.

    October 15, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. haren

    Those who criticized Obama for getting Nobel peace prize for doing nothing should remember that after 8 years we still have HOLE at world trade center.
    How can you expect him to create jobs and bring back this economy in 9 month?
    it took republican presidency of 20 years (Reagan 8,and both Bush 12) to put this country in big HOLE.

    October 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Reformed Republican

    It's time for ALL dems to take a history lesson in courage from the "enlightened republican" Teddy Roosevelt and...


    End the health insurance monopoly NOW!

    Save lives, save money and put America back on track for prosperity by stopping these insurance thugs and their legalized extortion of ALL the American people – The rich, the poor and everybody in between...

    October 15, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. aproudmemberofdumbasrocks

    Go get 'em DNC.

    BTW, CNN seems to be operating as a filter for political correctness towards [R]s. I've been trying to get my comments on here for two days to counter the many hate-filled, fact-challenged posts by all the typical [R] neo-morons....but I can't seem to get one through. I must be way too tough on these dollops.....I'll have to lighten up for fear of hurting the feelings of these neo-wusseys.....poor, poor underachieving beings that they are.

    October 15, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Rich in Az

    Why hasn't McCain been targeted? Another big blemish on Arizona. He's never been right on anything.

    October 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. jh

    *yawn* tired of hearing about those EVIL, EVIL insurance companies.
    because we all know that government is going to do a better job..

    October 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    The demonization of the insurance industry continues for the sole objective of creating a new government agency. I expect that the government will also blame the insurance companies when they begin massive layoffs as a result of the Obama / Pelosi / Reid bill.

    October 15, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    The headline should read " Hate Mongers create new ad attacking Insurance Industry". Dems are really becoming the party of hatred. It started with Bush and keeps rolling. If you do not agree, you are a greedy capitalist thieves that will be attacked. Dems = The Party of Hate Mongers and Enablers...

    October 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. walleye

    It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
    Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.
    In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.
    In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee 10-10. The tie meant that the measure failed.
    All ten no votes were Republicans, including Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), a member of the "Gang of Six" on the Finance Committee who are hashing out a bipartisan bill.

    October 15, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. New Age Independent

    ... And the DNC has committed millions so that they can control healthcare and have zero competition. Maybe it will be as successful as Medicare, Mediccaid or Amtrack? ROFL, yeah, you know we are in serious trouble if anyone here really trusts the government to handle this one.

    October 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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