November 24th, 2009
09:27 AM ET
13 years ago

New $2 million health care ad campaign unveiled

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new $2 millionĀ  ad campaign is targeting lawmakers in nine states."]Washington (CNN) - Lawmakers in nine states will be targeted in a new $2 million television ad campaign paid for by an organization opposed to the Democratic Party's approach to health care reform.

The 60 Plus Association will begin running commercials Wednesday in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the organization announced Tuesday. These nine states are either represented by centrist Democrats and Republicans or have sizable senior populations.

The 30 second ad focuses on cuts to Medicare in the Democratic bill being considered in the Senate.

The organization sends a blunt political message to the lawmakers in the commercial warning them that if they vote for the legislation, "Seniors will not forget."

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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Scott, Tucson

    Why is it if George Bush were to try cutting one dime from Medicare the liberals here would be howling for his head, but when obama wants to cut funding to Medicare to fund obamacare, you give him a pass?

    November 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Sian

    Town hall meeting facilitated by local elected officials and community leaders is the way to get this thing passed. Community leaders can get the information to the people and communictae the needs of the community back to Congress in the form of a survey. It is easier to compose a 1 page survey than to sit back and hope that 30 second media ads will change minds before detractors bridge a wider rift. This healthcare initiative is somethng that affects the entire contry and should be presented to the entire country. Solicitng nationwide input will make people feel involved and reduce opposition, even among those who do not agree. Like that campaign that ran on the premise of "change"...give Americans a different approach for a change

    November 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Doc SteveO

    "Seniors won't forget"? Heck, I'm a senior and I can't rememberw hat I was looking for when I downloaded this site!

    November 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. stevegee

    Both the House and Senate healthcare bills are abominations!

    They're a government takeover of healthcare - with higher taxes, more bureaucracy, less quality, and less access to medical care.

    Essentially, it's socialized medicine. Which has been an abysmal failure in every country that's tried it. So why should the U.S. go down the same path that's doomed to fail?

    If this nightmare passes, when the American people get their tax bill, they're going to be sick! And then, in November 2010, they're going to prescribe a liberal enema for Washington, D.C.

    November 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. LIP

    I suppose the Democrats are going to propose that the people pay for these ads with a surtax based on a sliding scale of 1% for low income to upwards of 5% on higher incomes.
    The solution to everything is "just tax the people", they can afford it.
    I can answer the question of "What does Health Care Reform Mean for Seniors?". It means less money in their Social Security paycheck.

    November 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Gary

    This should even be called healthcare is healthcare tax! Raise taxes on the hardest working people, lower benefits for the hardest working people and retirees to that the laziest people can get free healthcare. This bill is stupid and anyone who supports in will not get my vote.

    November 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. j

    Let the scare and fear mongering commence.

    November 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Since the Willie Horton ad days (courtesy of Karl Rove's mentor, Lee Atwater), all the GOP has had to offer is fear-mongering, division and hate.

    The GOP's policies are failures:

    – We're in the middle of two wars, started by a president who lied us into Iraq and hung us out to dry in Afghanistan.

    – Tax cuts for the wealthy during wartime – unprecedented in our nation's history and totally irresponsible.

    – These same tax cuts resulted in factories being built overseas by the wealthy and Americans being laid off.

    – Skyrocketing medical costs, not once addressed during the 6 full years when Republicans controlled the White House, Senate and Congress.

    – Global financial collapse, brought on in part by the Republicans' irrational, irresponsible, naive belief that an un-regulated marketplace somehow brings about the best in people, resulting in financial stability.

    So I guess it makes sense that when you're such a failure, all you've got left is fear, division and hate.

    Because the truth about the GOP – and all of its tried-and-proven failed ideas – sinks it faster than a stone thrown into a lake.

    November 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. C. F. Vance

    I recently posted an update (facebook) on my neighbor's condition to all of those who believe we don't need healthcare reform. Her MRI last Friday confirmed that the cancer started in her Adrenal gland and spread to her kidneys and her upper right lung, then on to her brain. The surgeon CAN do surgery; however, she will have to come up with a substantial DOWN PAYMENT. So it now looks as if she can't afford to live any longer. This was decided by our society and the uncompassionate and selfish people who refer to themselves as CHRISTIANS. I babysat her little grandbaby on Friday. What a shame it is that he will not have the benefit of such a decent and caring woman as his Grandmother. To me, it seems she is more worthy of life than many others who would let her die. On the other hand, perhaps it is better for those who would let her die, that it is her and not them as she will most certainly be with Jesus.

    November 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Never fails...those republicans can start a scare campaign about anything to do with the health care reform bill.

    November 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Hal

    Death Panels!!! Socialism!!! Fear Fear Fear the GOP Fear Machine is in fine shape.

    Republicans it seems have one final flag to wave the noble banner of

    November 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Minnesotan

    More lies from the conservatives. Nothing new here. They're only interested in maintaining the failing status quo so that they can continue to line their pockets with OUR tax dollars.

    November 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Mike in LR

    I heard an interview with David Baker (former comptroller of the U.S. and head of the GAO) last night. he has worked around democrat and republican adminstrations so he has no axe to grind. He made it clear the current proposals do not control costs, will add to the debt, and will not improve care (rationing). I feel vindicated for my objection to these proposals based on the fiscal irresponsibility they entail.

    November 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Kevin

    Well, maybe we should just eliminate Medicare altogether. Republicans didn't want it when it was passed in the 60's and it seems to be quite along the lines of socialism anyway. Those of you Republicans out there, will you refuse this socialistic program when you retire?

    November 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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