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. Todd

    Dems need to remember that gettin a republicon is far worse than Ried not doing everything they want.

    October 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Unemployed in IOWA

    a public option equals the government take over of medical benefits, and a guarentee that Obama Care will install death panels.

    October 19, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. John

    The way Reid follows Pelosi around like a dog, it is obvious that he'll get ring around the collar if she stops quickly.

    October 19, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. MarkR

    I absolutely agree here. The present Senate and House "leadership" is as beholden to the corporate lobbying groups as they always have been. Reid and Pelosi have shown now ability to truly lead in this discussion, rather they continue to focus on keeping their power in the future. Problem is, who else is there? Mitt Romney? Doohhh....

    October 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. B

    Reid is turning out to be just about worthless in not only health care, but everything..

    Vote the guy OUT.

    October 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. MatthewDetroit


    They are not talking to Fox because they can not control the news.

    Dunn said today that they didnt talk to any media in the fall because they wanted to control what was put out so they would not have to answer any questions.

    Proves the point GIBBS made today. They dont like what is reported so they CONTROL what is released to the media.
    They only talk to FRIENDLY news organizations.

    Nice STATE controlled media.
    Obama has banned his staff from talking to Fox News.

    Good job Barack. He learned that trick from CHAVEZ in Venezuela.

    October 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. randolph davis

    The Public option is just that an option.

    So why are the free market people so scared as well as the Insurance Companies and the Republicans?

    If all theses people are happy with their insurance then why so scared of the public option. If you like you company by all means keep it but I would rather have my money go toward health not executives salaries/bonuses or dividends to share holders.

    Public transportation is not free neither is public utilities. So why do you guys believe public health insurance is going to be given for free. You or your employer will still have to pay except your money will go toward health not multimillion $ salaries/bonuses for executives or dividends for shareholders or insurance private jets.

    October 19, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Jim

    There are 2 sides to this issue. The first is the fact that if you are unemployed, you aren't happy with your health provider because you don't have one. The second is if you are employed, then you have a health provider and are probably fairly happy. But, there is too much obfuscation by the insurance providers right now. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want. The Republicans say that there will be "Death Panels" under a public option, but they already exist. Under the current Health Care situation, your provider determines if the cost of providing treatment is acceptable, and if it's not, you don't get it. There was a story about a baby boy who, in spite of being in good health, was denied coverage by his parent's provider because he was TOO BIG! Not fat, mind you, just all-around big. So, the current method isn'r any better than anything that has been suggested. What we need is transparency in the decision-making process as to who gets treated. That's the single most important part of the legistlation, and I have not heard anything about this...

    October 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Ray E.

    Well Folks,
    If you haven't figured it out by now let me enlighten you. The Democrats and Liberals WANT TO RUN THE COUNTRY but they want the Conservatives and Republicians to pay for it.

    You have money? Send it up to the Government! They will spread it around where they think it should go. But don't worry. You won't have a job to send any money!

    October 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. turdburglar

    The mere fact that the majority of comments are against socialized medicine, on CNN no less, is proof enough that this is only the coveted prize of a few far-leftists and should be left to die in its tracks.

    October 19, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. The Voice

    I agree. Public Option must provail!!

    "Public Option", means that you have an option to not be screwed, denited health insurance due to pre existing conditions, price gouged by big health insurance.

    When big health insurance says "public option" is wrong, it is like big tabbaco saying cigarettes do not cause lung cancer!

    October 19, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    In Michigan the Democrat Governor Granholm is pusing for a 3% tax on All doctors. She was going for 5%.

    Already doctors are talking about leaving the state.
    Yep that will be great for Michigan. Another spear in the side until she kills off the state completely.

    Massachusettes is running a deficit in their Health Care program. They have proven that it DOES NOT WORK.

    Stop screwing with our health care system.
    How about a little TORT reform on all the law suits.
    How about bigger choice in health care insurance.
    How about a pay as you go option like dental insurance.
    How about letting insurance companies cross state lines.

    You people wont be happy until we have very few doctors, long lines, no new drugs on the market, and general soviet union health care.

    Wait in line for your hip lady... get used to it that is what you are voting for.

    October 19, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jay T.

    Those Neocons need to be labeled what they are: Fascists!!!!! Corporate Fascists!!!!

    October 19, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Ralph

    I love the smell of democrats going after themselves. It smells like...Victory. It was only a matter of time and this democratic anethma is starting to unravel at an accelerated pace. Have to admit that I'm enjoying the show. Harry "Gutless" Reid." Nancy "Do I say and not as I do" Pelosi. Barack "Just another political clown" Obama. Oh, I guess criticing his dibs makes me a racist. Too bad, he's still a clown. November 2010 can't come soon enough but it WILL come. And then November 2012 and bye-bye to the demos as they're swept out of office. maybe on a hot air balloon since that they have a lot of-hot air. No substance.

    October 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Al, CA

    Democrats should have been united and strong against Iraq war.

    They must be also united and strong for universal health care public option.

    If not, we will replace them by more progressive and liberal democrats.

    October 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Jay Kay

    First and foremost, the insurance companies need to be stripped of the ridiculous non-compete protection they've been greedily enjoying. Let this industry compete like any other industry.

    October 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Nunya

    Like she'll vote for the Republican because Reid isn't strong enough to strongarm a public option? Riiight... then her senator will be sooooo much stronger in trying to install it...

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    Nice how the White House is focused on the smoke and mirrors of health care.


    The fact is that unemployment is 10% and the health care bill will only RAISE the cost for employers thus triggering more layoffs.

    Stop using healthcare as an excuse Barack.
    The economy is bad and you made it worse.

    Retract your 790 Billion in Stimulus spending and you will save us all some money.
    Where are all the road building jobs, and infrastructure jobs. All you did was save the UAW and the unions. You did not help our economy.

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Michael Hsu

    Democrats attacking their own... sort of like cannibalism. Of cource, dems are the rainbow coalition of -isms (most of which are too taboo to mention here).

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. rhiannonrede

    I'm sick of elected Democrats who keep voting like Republicans. I have let the ones in my state know that they can be replaced. I will not vote for them in the next election. I won't vote for a Republican but I will vote for another Democrat who will challenge them or simply not vote at all. A lot of these people were re-elected or elected on Obama's coat tails and the public sent a pretty clear picture of what we wanted going in. I say get along, go along or be removed.
    LittleRock, AR

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. joel palmer

    If Harry Reid and Nancy pelosi can't pass a public option with sixty votes, do it with 50 Bush passed the tax cuts that same way (reconciliation). It is time for the dems to firm up and stand up; "we don't need no stinkin' republicans" to pass a public option. We do need ALL the dems to man up!

    October 19, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Down With Obama

    So much for Hope and Change! Obama is a quitter, a liar, and isn't fit to serve this country. My dog could do a better job than he is. Obama needs to run a lawn service and try his hand at that. He is not ready to be CIC.

    October 19, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Sam Wilson

    I'm sick of hearing about the 80% who are happy with their insurance. How many of them are young, healthy, and ever tested their policies? How many of them think they couldn't be dropped in their next renewal cycle, within a year, should they ever get an expensive sickness?

    October 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. cspurgeon

    I agree that Reid is doing the Dems absolutely no good. Would like to see him and Pelosi out of leader role. I aman independent who voted for Obama and other Dems and very disapointed with results to date.

    October 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. R. Feingold

    Why did Obama meet with Big Pharma behind closed doors in April? Any chance of CNN investigating that? Will CNN fact check the Precedent on the high unemployment rate, when he said it would go no higher than 8%?

    October 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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