October 19th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Progressives hit Harry Reid on health care

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(CNN) - Days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched a pair of campaign ads in anticipation of a potentially difficult reelection bid, the Nevada Democrat is taking heat in his home state from liberal activists upset over the likelihood that the final Senate health care bill will not include a public option.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal political action committee with the express goal of electing progressive candidates to federal office, is launching a new ad in Nevada this week that asks, "Is Harry Reid strong enough?"

The 30-second commercial features a longtime Nevada nurse, Lee Slaughter, whose health care is refusing to pay for complications dealing with broken hips.

"Iā€¦voted for Senator Harry Reid many times," Slaughter says. "But in 2010, I'll only be voting on one issue. I'm watching to see if Harry Reid is strong and effective enough as a leader to pass a public health insurance option into law."

The ad will begin running Wednesday in the Las Vegas media market on broadcast and cable. The group, which boasts a membership of 225,000, is hoping to raise $100,000 to keep the commercial on the air. The group's recent ad taking aim at Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, raised over $230,000.

The spot comes 5 days after Reid went up with two campaign ads in Nevada, "Hard Work" and "Jobs," as the four-term senator braces for what will likely be tough re-election fight.

The most recent poll of Nevada voters suggests Reid trails both his Republican rivals in hypothetical 2010 match ups. According to a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released last week, Reid is down 10 points to Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and down 5 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian. The poll also indicates that half of Nevada's voters have an unfavorable view of Reid, with 38 percent viewing him favorably.

Reid is also facing fire from the right meanwhile as the Republican National Committee begain running a radio ad in the Reno media market last week that links the Nevada Democrat to what it calls the failed economic stimulus package.


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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Rob Johnson

    If they vote Reid out of office, and elect a Republican in his place, do they think the GOP will magically change their mind and enact a public option health plan?

    If you're disappointed that health care reform isn't going further, join the club. However, voting Democrats out of office in spite is only going to get you farther from a public option, not closer.

    Some people just don't think things through.

    October 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Jay T.

    We'll see. His political future hinges on it.

    October 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. tata mcgee

    The public option is a bucket of money that Obamists will to over flowing on a daily basis to drive the medical carriers out of business. When the private carriers go out of business Obama and the Dems will have you by he testicles. No escape.

    October 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Steve in CT

    We need to reform the filthy with greed health care system. But we need it done right. Nothing is being addressed about the graft and greed the thieves now run on in the industry. Until it's done right don't grab what they offer because once something passes we're stuck with it forever. Out of the frying pan and in to the fire anyone?

    October 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. ZAK

    Reid and Pelosi needs to get the Donckeys(donkey is stubborn animal to control needs a lot of whipping on the but to make it move just like these dem seantors) together and get the health care public option passed through the house and Senate.
    Also the conservatives need to stop lying to themselves that having a goverment run health care is Scoialist neither is England or the rest of Europe who have this system.

    October 19, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Rick

    I see this headline as "ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH"??? What garbage to cry that "he" in not "strong enough"!!! Such babies!

    WHERE are you? WHERE is your support? WHERE IS YOUR gall?

    WHERE ARE YOU?????????????????

    October 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Bryan in Texas

    Don't get me wrong. I do want Reid to retain his seat, but I'm glad this ad will hit the air waves. Maybe it will put a little more fire under him to get a public option in the final bill.

    October 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Mike in MN

    No public option. The government has already proved with a decads old track record that a public opiton will be another money pit we can't afford. Our nation is already facing massive and growing deficits in large part due to Medicare and Social Security. These two programs have been fiscally mismanaged by both Democrats and Republicans. They are broke. A public opiton is just the liberal progressives Trojan horse for Universal single payer health care. We can't afford it. It would be cheaper and far more effective to just fix the cosumer protection problems with private insuracance than to create another big government money pit that will be mismanged and that America can't afford.

    October 19, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    Most Americans want a Public Option. It's time for the Dems to stand with Americans and against the lying Republicans, greedy Insurance Companies, despicable HMO's, and corrupt lobbyists!

    October 19, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Doug

    Are you people even aware the so called and highly contested "public option" is only available to those that "don't currently have health insurance"? It's not available to anyone currently insured either by themselves or through their employer. So can anyone tell me how this brings the ridiculous cost of health care (the $100 Tylenol in hospital) in this country down? All I see is no competition as usual, politicians pocketing tons of cash from these providers, and we're getting screwed as usual, except with a much larger cost.

    October 19, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Melasun07

    I think it wise that those Republicans that are quick to call Democrats/Liberals socialist look in the mirror. The Bush administration gave America the greatest government expansion since Jimmy Carter!!

    Look, I don't care what party you side with. Corruption is corruption. One thing we need to remember is that Every politician on Capital Hill is a Lawyer. Lawyers are not to be trusted. A lawyers job is to present a strong argument for an agenda which usually manipulates the facts as support. If you know what's going on for yourself (no opinion needed when studying all facts) you are looking good. If you just listen to what the media and politicians say, you are lost.

    My personal conspiracy is we should dissolve the Federal Reserve and put term limits on Congress. There is absolutely no reason why we should have career politicians in Washington if we're encouraging education for the "future leaders of our Nation"

    October 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, chairman of the death panel

    Funny how a public option would pass in the house, where representation is apportioned by population, while it would not pass in the senate, where each state gets 2 votes. This tells me that the majority of Americans want a public option and that we are being held back by legislators from the hick states and corporate puppets. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was an idiot.

    October 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. JasonK

    Harry Reid has been the corrupt politician like a trojan horse for the progressives. If he loses the progressives will win. Harry reid and Pelosi are the heads of the same hydra that protected and are still protecting the Bush crime family in exchange of some lovely green backs

    October 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. fumblinstumblinoidiot

    There will be NO public option folks..the majority of the VOTING public do not want it..do you really think your represenitives will vote for something and risk their coveted Government job..has anyone noticed that the government is dropping the ball on the H1N1 shots??..and you want them to run your healthcare??..just keep on drinking the Obama kool-aid folks

    October 19, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Who are the ones being Greedy?

    Don't you think that its the Democrats and their supporters who are the ones being GREEDY?

    How else would you explain the thought that you can get more – for nothing – except maybe soaking the rich.

    Now that's GREED!

    October 19, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    No public option. About 80% of Americans are happy with their private health insurance. If private insurance was as bad as liberal progressives say, does anyone really believe that 80% of Americans would be happy with it. The progressives are lying. They most likely are the 20% who are not happy with it becasue they want it for what they think is free government health care. The progressives are so stupid that they don't realizie that government health care is not free, it is paid for by their taxes. Every nation in the world with socialized health care for everyone pays much higher taxes than we do in the US.

    October 19, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Jane

    I only watch Fox News and for years I watched ABC but George Stephanopolus and Charles Gibson cured me. I don't care who they are for but the way Charles Gibson treated Sarah Palin was so terribly wrong. And GS is just way to funny looking for me. FOX NEWS TELLS IT LIKE IT IS THAT IS WHY THEY ARE NUMBER ONE AND WILL REMAIN SO. THEY ARE NOT IN LOVE WITH OBAMA – OBAMA WILL BE OUT OF HERE IN THREE MORE YEARS AND HE WILL GO INTO ACTING. HE IS A PRO AFTER ALL.
    WATCH FOX NEWS WATCH FOX NEWS, FAIR AND BALANCED

    October 19, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Greg in MO

    Why in the world do you liberals want to be controlled by your government?
    Many of you say: "I would pay more taxes to insure everyone", but should not people have a choice whether they want to or not? If you want to insure people with your money, go out and buy someone insurance – you don't need the government to take it out of your pay check.
    Some of you say: "Why are you scared of government, you have less control of the insurance companies" What concerns me about the government is losing the power we do have over insurance companies: we don't have to buy it and they can't make laws to change that. The government can and are doing so.
    Wouldn't you rather make those choices on your own or have the Democrats convinced you to think that you can do nothing on your own? I would hope that many of you will see the truth and understand that you don't need or want government involved in your life.

    October 19, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    Dont worry Miss Slaughter, If the bill passes Your Dems will have you meet with a death panel...
    They will put off your hip surgery for 10 years...
    And then set up a nice little meeting with Dr. Kevorkian...

    Good Job Dems.

    October 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. aliou

    We got your back senator, but do you have ours? Public option will tell.

    October 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    Funny how the White House is scared of Fox News.

    Cant handle the truth Obama.
    Cant handle anyone disagreeing with you.

    I never saw President Bush GO AFTER MSNBC...

    Why does this weak little man called Barack have to muscle out Fox.
    Just a scared man.
    Funny how you put sanctions on the Insurance companies and would not let them speak their minds and the truth...
    You are still a liar Barack, but now you are a weak little liar as well...

    October 19, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. aliou

    Senator read: Do me, I do you. Scratch my back, I scratch yours. Public option is my back. Yyour reelection is yours.

    October 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. MarkE

    I LOVE IT! Hapless Harry is taking it from both sides.... His blind allegiance to Nancy Pelosi is going to cost him his seat. Those two morons were 100% obstructionist all the while the Republicans were in power and now their getting some of their own medicine....

    October 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. ANGIE IN PA

    Harry the PEOPLE Put you in now work for them or you will be replaced simple.

    October 19, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    The healthcare debate is without a doubt the most exagerrated issue ever made up. Why is this the focus of the Obama administration? Since he and his" intellectually challenged" administration is incapable of doing more than one thing at a time, it is now a danger to the security and prosperity of this country. If you take illegal aliens out of the mix, only about 10 million people are without insurance. Hardly a crisis worthy of all this time and taxpayer money. He needs to focus all of his attention on winning this war( not sure what side libs are on) and creating jobs(without taking our money for "stimulus) to line the pockets of socialist cronies and extortionist labor unions. HURRY UP 2010!

    October 19, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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