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.

"I…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. Peter

    It doesn't look like a public option is going to make it. Obama is not comming out for it because he doesn't think it will make it thu the senate. It seems to me at this point that the Dems just want to pass something to add a win to their record.

    It looks like the special interests have enough politicians in their pockets to defeat any meaningful reform. Somehow there needs to be electorial reform to get the lobbists out of Washington but thats going to be difficult since they own the very politicians that need to pass the reform.

    October 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. R. Feingold

    Healthcare is not a right..Healthcare for you is not my problem. Make something of yourself and buy your own healthcare. Keep your hand out of my wallet!!

    October 19, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. batteredandblownabout

    I do not understand how anyone can blame Republicans for failure to pass a health care bill. Democrats have the majority in both houses and the Presidency. That's all 3 branches of government. All three and yet they still can't get what they want. The Democrats were elected in all 3 branches by clear majority. Simple deductive reasoning states, then, that what they put on their agenda would pass. Folks, when you have ALL 3 BRANCHES, the buck stops with YOU! Quit blaming someone else. Pull your big-people britches up and get to work!

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. R. Feingold

    Government Reform is what is needed. Starting 2010 carrying out until 2012, we will replace all those who stand in the way of real Progress..Personal Responsibility and Freedom of Government!

    October 19, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. R. Feingold

    CNN..in 4th place in the ratings..behind Headline News even! Keep carrying Obamas sack!

    October 19, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Guess what, big insurance industries are going to raise your rates as much as they'd like and it won't be a tax. Hope you can afford it and even if you can your services are going to be more limited than what they are now. The more Americans that don't have insurance or who can't afford it, you'll pick up the bill without any questions asked.

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Nichole - Denver

    Maybe reform will not be passed right now if the public option is demanded. But at least the PCCC is making the voice of many supporters heard – and in a civilized fashion I might add. This message would spark my interest more than the shouting and immature tactics we saw during the town hall meetings.

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    HARRY REID EARNED THE IRE OF LIBERALS.

    (1.) Liberals went to the polls in 2006 and gave the Democrats the majority in the Senate and House. Yet Harry Reid still accomplishment nothing and complained the Republicans were the cause for his failures.

    (2.) In November 2008 the nation overwhelmingly rejected the Bush-Cheney policies and sent President Obama to the White House while padding Harry Reid's Senate with a 10-seat majority lead. Still Harry Reid cannot push through Congress the CHANGES America voted for in 2006 and 2008. HARRY REID MUST GO!

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. andy

    I have no use for Harry Reid but its bad when you get attacked by liberals. They are a ruthless bunch who like to throw and hide the hand. They call everyone names and cry when someone calls them out. Most liberals are completely anti-american who only live to push there abnormal agenda. Of course, you don't get more nutty liberal than Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. So what gives here?

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    Why are you people so ready and excited to give away all the freedoms that our country has fought for...

    Why do you people want to become a socialist or communist country...

    Where do all the extreme liberal left come from...

    October 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Perusing-through

    If no PUBLIC OPTION to force competition in the health insurance industry,

    . . . than no Harry Reid in 2010!

    October 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Kansas Dem

    Don't Buy Health Insurance, Vote For IT !!

    October 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. kd

    I'm one progressive who wouldn't be sad to see Reid replaced.

    October 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Shawn - GA

    Health care reform is NECESSARY for this country!!!

    Public option is NOT!!!

    October 19, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. buddy smith

    yes here take all my money because your to lazy to work

    October 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Perusing-through

    Americans voted for CHANGE from the Bush-Cheney reckless policies and the ditto-head GOP Congress. In November 2008 Americans gave Harry Reid’s Senate a 10-seat majority to bring CHANGES (including healthcare reform) to middle-class America.

    In less than 10-months the President has done all he could to pass CHANGES. Congressional Leader Nancy Pelosi has also pounded the House of Representative for changes. But "Pink-Panty Wearing" Harry Reid has done nothing but appease Republicans who are dead set against CHANGE and healthcare reform. HARRY REID MUST GO IN 2010!

    October 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. RG

    Public option is NEEDED.Who will pay for it? It's time to go back to the 90% tax rate the rich used to enjoy before Reagan. The top 1% control 95% of the economy, thanks to the Reagan tax cuts. It was supposed to "trickle down" , but it had a major prostate problem called "GREED". It's time to pay for the benefits they've extracted from society. They have done this by robbing the middle class private sector, and they have drained us quite dry.

    October 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Jamie Gammon

    Everybody knows that the so called non profit cooperatives is just a better way of saying, hi, insurance companies, I know you screwed us over all this time, but we still trust you to make decisions regarding our healthcare.
    The public option on the other hand, is saying, enough is enough insurance companies. We've gave you guys enough profit and now were taking it back, and expect you guys to offer us better coverage for a more reasonable rate or else we will go with the new option on the table.

    I've seen enough of these comments, and I don't need nobody speaking on my behalf. The fact is, most of this country favors the public option.

    October 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Chris - Seattle

    I wonder if the conservative name callers and free market capitalism advocates on here realize that free market capitalism is what is preventing Americans from getting back to work. Globalization has allowed corporate America to save money to pay their CEO's and board members by outsourcing jobs to other countries for cheaper labor and in some case's a more advanced workforce with a language barrier. I've seen several departments at one company I work for totally shut down and send Americans to the unemployment line while their jobs resurface in India. I would think that if our POTUS and his administration were to attack and prevent outsoucing, the the names our President are being called now would pale in comparison.

    October 19, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Chad

    I said a year ago – if Obama gets elected, Reid and Pelosi will be his biggest obstacles. They are too entrenched and corrupt to benefit the American people. Democrats (and Congress) need new leadership now.

    October 19, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Me in KY

    I find it very amusing you dumbocrats keep saying why can we not get anything done, we control everything. Read very carefully, one word @ a time so you can understand this very simple concept. The reason nothing is getting done is because most Americans see the country is headed down the wrong path. And your beloved house/senate do not want to loss their cozy jobs in 2010/2012. Simple enough.

    October 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Todd

    Healthcare is not a GOP/Dem us versus them issue. Wake up people! 90+% of legal American citizens are covered by health insurance. Anybody can walk into an ER and receive treatment with or without insurance. We receive some of the best and most state of the art healthcare in the entire world. When is the last time you heard of some famous international dignitary heading to Canada or Cuba for their operation. Sure our current system can use some improvement ie. rising premiums, pre-existing conditions, etc. but we do NOT need to blow it up and start over. And God help us we definitely do not need to put the government in charge which has never run anything successfully.

    October 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. dr no

    Do any of you have any clue as to what a public option is going to mean for our pockets. This is not FREE to any accept for those who can't afford anything. Those of us with insurance, the price will go through the roof, along with those who choose not to carry insurance, but will be required to, this is going to be very expensive. The only ones getting it free will be the same ones getting it free now.
    We all know that something needs to change, but it's not always the big bad insurance companies. All of those not for profit mega hospitals that always scream broke along with the Dr's doing unneccesary procedures, just to get the companies and medicare to pay for them, we need to do this one step at a time, and do it right, not all of the government take over garbage. Once they have control, it will be hard to get it back. The more we depend on the govt. the more power they have.

    October 19, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. pam

    The Democrats need to lead. This is no time to be wimpy. We need at least a public option. We need protections in our economic systems, climate change issues, ending the war, transportation, energy, and food/water security. Being a progressive is not a dirty word. It is a way to look at issues and improve situations proactively. Political leaders - Do your job!

    Pam in Oregon

    October 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. seebofubar

    Boy, if this is a picture of a liberal woman from Nevada...... I'll take a Republican !!!

    October 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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