October 19th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
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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. Clay

    If Reid fails to deliver on the public option then I hope he is defeated, since a turncoat is no better than any other republican. The same goes for Baucus and his lobbyist aide Liz Fowler. Bought and paid for, that's all they are. Not an honorable bone in their bodies.

    October 19, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. jobless recovery

    These "progressive" groups need to be labeled, what they are. Modern day communists!!
    America is great for a reason...and it's that we have free market capitalism.

    October 19, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. John D.

    Let's face the facts here people. There is plenty of blame to go around on both parties. The Clintons were just as bad as the Bush regime. They are all corrupt and follow their own agenda. They have forgotten who they work for. It is time to start anew and get rid of all of them. This time the people are in charge and you better tow the mark or you're gone.
    The only ones who will not go along with this are the ones holding their hands out cause their too lazy to get off the couch. Watch how fast they can run to the mailbox on the first of each month.
    Anyone wanting bigger government telling them when and what they can do needs to open their eyes and take a real good look at the problem.

    October 19, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. We Won Get Over It

    Knowing that Nevada CITIZENS WANT the public option he will be the one to make sure he looses the re=election....I can't understand these senators...Poll after poll after poll shows the citizens of their state want the public option but they continue to resist...is the money from the insurance companies that important.

    They are going to see that deserting their public and going with the insurance companies is only going to lead to their political demise. I hope every single solitary congress person that goes against the public option looses their election or re-election bid, no matter how high up they are.


    October 19, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit


    Your opinion on Health Care Support is False...

    Every survey shows that most americans are AGAINST the public option.
    Most americans are AGAINST Baracks single payer plan that he wanted.
    Most americans are HAPPY with their existing health care.
    Most americans do NOT want to pay more.

    So for you the answer is NO. NO to a Congress which is going AGAINST its constituents, and does NOT reflect what america wants.

    By the way you should read Ayn Rand before you slam her.
    Just like a dem to speak out about something he knows nothing about.

    October 19, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. talanhugh

    Enough "Public Option". There are not even CLOSE to 60 votes for this. Read the news!

    There are also not enough Dems willing to give up their seat in 2010 to pass this with 51.

    Reid, Obama, Emmanuel all say a plan without a public option is fine.

    Simple math...complain all you want, but the numbers don't lie.

    October 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Ray

    Liberals are upset with Reid?? Well, Boo Hoo – that just breaks my heart – NOT!! The left wing wacko pundits predict the demise of the Republican Party due to the right. This article about Reid & the FAR LEFT wing of the Democratic Party shows the Democrats are heading into the toilet because of the left.

    October 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Joshua College Station Texas

    Good. Put the pressure on.

    October 19, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit


    The republicans and the democrats are both spending TOO much money that is not even theirs to spend.

    1.4 Trillion ADDED to the national debt this year under Barack.
    Estimates are 1 – 1.5 trillion each year for the next 3 years.
    That blows away the 5 trillion that President Bush added to the deficit.

    Stop the spending.

    October 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. jobless recovery

    Why are a few of you the loud minority in the left so fixated on a "public option"?!
    What's wrong with vouchers for poor...portability and insurance guarantee for pre-existing condistions????
    The constitution specifically warns against a strong, intrusive federal government.

    October 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. JasonK

    We donot need Harry Reid and Pelosi. If we need corruption and wargasm we will vote for the GOP

    October 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Seriously, Left

    Keep dreaming of a public option. You don't have the votes to pass it. So sad snce dems control everything in Washington. What's going to get passed this year will be a bill so weak, the president will have to sign it so that he can say he passd something and not make it look like he wasted a wole year. They should just start over and pass something that will mean something.

    October 19, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. al

    I don't know if a public option will spur competition or drive the private insurers out of the market but I do know that the Republicans have once agin proven that they don't care about the people, don't care about what health care costs are doing to families in this country and don't want to accomplish anything. They are mired in the 1950's. Wake up folks, this is not 1950 and things are not the same.

    It's a shame that the two parties can't work together to solve America's problems. The party of NO. That is all the republicans seem to have become. They complain and complain and complain, but offer no solutions.

    Reid is an idiot and I don't care if he is voted out or not. A trained monkey could do better than him or Pelosi for that matter.

    October 19, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Chanel

    I don't agree with slamming another Democrat. It's only going to help the opposition. Putting a fire under his feet is not worth risking us losing a seat. However, I still don't see how any middle class American can be against a public option after seeing what the health insurance companies did last week. In that report they said that health insurance prices would rise over 100%. THEY DECIDE THE PRICES AND WHAT THEY WILL CHARGE. Wake up people, it was a peek into what the health insurance companies are going to do if there is not a strong public option. If private health insurance goes down the drain, it's their own fault for refusing to be competetive. Don't say they don't have the money either because they are steadily paying their CEOs millions in bonuses. How many lives could have been saved had that bonus money been given to patients instead??? Think about that when you side with the Insurance companies.

    October 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. MatthewDetroit


    That Barack sent James Carville over to Afghanistan to run the election against Karzai....

    Amazing. Not only do they try to screw their own guy patterson over in New York... but they are trying to rig elections in Afghanistan.

    You people really have NO idea what you are doing.

    October 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Proud Boulder Liberal

    Senator Reid:

    Please support the public option!

    October 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Victim of Democratic Greed

    Wake up People......the MAJORITY of Americans do NOT want Public option, quit spewing the lies that we do. 80% of Americans are happy with their health care, we don't want the government to screw it up. Gotta love all those screaming for the rich to pay their fair share, while those screaming the loudest pay NOTHING. Time for the rich (anyone with a job) to revolt and tell the Democrats to get your hands out of my pockets, we are sick of your tax and spend for people who are too lazy.

    October 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    I love it when democrats eat their own reminds me of the insect world

    October 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. KMAN

    I've often wondered how such a wuss as Harry Reid ever became the leader of the Senate ... the man simple doesn't command respect and he has never demonstrated the attributes of a leader.

    October 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Mike

    Reid is in a world of hurt. The health care issue is only one of many problems facing this guy.

    October 19, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Edwin

    Health care reform is NECESSARY for this country. Something like 66% of all bankruptcies are because of unexpected medical bills.

    SOMETHING needs to pass. If it is only so-so, it's gonna be a lot better than NOTHING!

    October 19, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. progressive man

    some of you conservhypocrits on this site should be ashamed of your selves you all seem to forget that it was bush who and cheney who raped America for 8 long years without vasoline as for harry he is a wimp and should feel the pressure to give us a public option conservhypocrits can pay for two wars ,and the rebuilding of two countries but cannot provide your own people with good affordable healthcare who are you pledgeing allegiance to the taliban, and the sunni what about Americans. HYPOCRITS.

    October 19, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. uncle ellsworthey

    If the progressives get their way this country would cease to exist, it's inevitable. They must be stopped at all costs, course they are in the minority to begin with. Most of what they espouse doesn't even make good sense to anyone who can actually think. Thank God their are cooler heads that will prevail.

    October 19, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Dems have nobody to blame but themselves

    The liberals in the Democratic Party are getting restless. They are waiting to see if their leaders have the backbone to push through an agressive agenda with health care reform and several other legislative initiatives promised by Obama and his party. President Obama and the Democrats control all three branches of government, with a super filibuster proof majority in both the House and Senate. If they are unable to come together as a Party and get things done, they have nobody to blame but themselves. All the rhetoric about the GOP being the Party of No is just that – rhetoric, for Americans know full well that there is nothing standing in the way of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid getting anything and everything passed - except .... themselves.

    October 19, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. vic bullard

    Say good bye to Harry..he is so afraid of the GOP that he will surely not have a Public Option..just keep our premiums high and going highter. Harry, along with the Blue Dog " I am afraid of a Republicans" Democrats will not be re elected as the base will vote against those cowards!! Maybe we could Tom Delay to move over to the Dems and then we could pass anything.

    October 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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