November 30th, 2009
10:14 AM ET
13 years ago

WH going 'on offense' as Senate health care debate begins

Washington (CNN) - The White House is "geared up to go on offense" on health care messaging this week, a White House official tells CNN.

As the Senate debate over health care reform gets underway, the administration is planning to "push back on the distortions and misinformation... being circulated by interest groups and opponents." The new offensive includes a video featuring Vice President Joe Biden and the presidents of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Family Physicians.

(Who do Americans trust more on health care reform, asks Biden in the video: doctors and nurses, or "special interests"?)

The video comes as White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer continued his string of tough November blog posts slamming opponents of President Obama's proposal with a holiday weekend salvo taking on one Washington Post columnist - with the White House pledging more of the same to come.


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  1. southerncousin

    This White House and their attempts to control my life and steal my money have always been offensive to me. Why is their no tort reform (it is because the trial lawyers are big democratic supporters, so no tort reform, even though it would save a half $500 billion dollars over the 10 year period) and why is there no removal of barriers to selling health insurance across state lines? This bill is all about giving these socialists control of our lives. Obama, one and done.

    November 30, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "Who do Americans trust more on health care reform, asks Biden in the video. Doctors and nurses, or "special interests"?)"

    Doctors and nurses, of course – the majority of whom feel this piece of garbage legislation is terrible.

    Biden, you're such a buffoon.

    November 30, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. WoW

    I do not believe this bill is in the best interest of the American people. Why should we pass a bill where Politicians and Lobbyists determine what care and practices you receive instead of your actual doctors. If the care you need isn't on the checklist determined by these politicians and lobbyists, then your doctor cannot give you that care. You will miss out on different treatment options.

    November 30, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. meltem

    What, Doctors and nurses aren't special interest???

    November 30, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Biased

    Here we go again with the White House acting like they are still in campaign mode. Since when do they take it upon themselves to be the ultimate fact checkers of Pennsylvania Avenue? I am sorry but isn't this what the Democratic party apparatus is for? Do they have nothing more important to do in the Oval Office than this?

    November 30, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. TCM

    none of the clowns in the White House, or this administration are to be trusted. Obama and his cronies have shown time and again that he's totally incompetent and not trustworthy....why so many people are still in love with the image is beyond me....Americans really need to wake up and demand changes in health care costs...not quality or availablity. If you want better get a frickin' job! To tax and burden the working class to supply benefits to the welfare hounds will get all of you thrown out of office, and rightfully so.

    November 30, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Only 20% of doctors are members of the AMA and only 18% of them support this healthcare.....70% of Americans DO NOT support this healthcare and people such Obama, Biden, Pelsoi and Reid support this healthcare. Folks, this should tell you something in a nut shell. This Obamacare is not good for you nor is it good for this country.

    November 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Offensive? Yes Smart? No

    Obama and the Dems are once again going after the wrong target when it comes to health care reform. it is NOT about the middleman (the insurance companies), it is all about the cost of the underlying care. Instead of meddling with the insurance companies, the government should simply regulate health care costs – much like Japan has. otherwise, the cost of health care will not go down; we will merely shuffle paper to decise who is paying for it....

    November 30, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. PrairieDog

    This WH is certainly offensive to me. This man is following exactly the same pattern that Robert Mugabe used 30 years ago to "redistribute the wealth" of Zimbabwe. America is becoming more like Zimbabwe everyday. Aren't you happy?

    November 30, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    According to Senator Lugar, we need to postpone debate on Health Care Reform. Haven't the "do-nothings" of both parties been doing that since National Health Care was first proposed by President THEODORE Roosevelt? You would think that after over 100 years, they would finally get the courage to discuss this issue!

    November 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Healthcare reform has been so watered down at this point, I don't even see the point. What we need is single payer like every other developed country on the planet. All this thing is is a big giveaway to insurance companies. By the way, whatever happened to financial reform? Oh yeah, that got watered down too and now the same rocket surgeons who trashed the economy are running the Fed and treasury. Bend over for your corporate masters, consumerbots, here comes more of the same. Have a nice day!

    November 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's good. Stay proactive NOT reactive. While on the subject of being proactive: what's being done about the White House crashers? And the Secret Service breakdown that allowed them in? Can't help but wonder if they'd been of a different hue would everyone be as cool about letting go about their own business in the aftermath.

    November 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    I trust doctors and nurses. And the VAST MAJORITY of doctors and nurses hate Obamacare. The AMA represents less then 20% of doctors, and lost of the docs i know are withdrawing their membership over the AMA's "endorsement" of Obamacare.

    November 30, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    WE want a list of the democrate's who are holding out on the public option.. so we can fire them next time they come up for re election. but for now they better do what the people want not what the insurance companies and big business wants .. this is the only chance america will have to take it back !!!!!!! don't let the scare and fear and lies fool you . the more the insurance and republicans want to stop the public option the more it tells ME ....WE NEED IT . 🙂

    November 30, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Chris M.

    In all honesty, the White House is clueless about what's in the bill.
    The only thing that's clear is that the White House wants LEGISLATION passed more than comprehensive Health Care reform....

    November 30, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Bpin

    Clear reason why the libs health care plan will not work: The question continues to be asked, why don't we go ahead today and start cracking down on the wasteful spending in healthcare so we can build a surplus to pay for the version that is passed? Answer: What?????

    November 30, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Gary

    We don't need President Obama to be offensive or defensive or use regular politics. The American people want basic healthcare reform, namely lower drug prices, elimination of pre-existing exculsions and malpractice reform. The people do NOT want more taxes, or government/public options, or government panels. Overall people want abortion legal but not government funded. We do not want to tax the hardest working people to give free healthcare to lazy people.....keep it simple and we can pass basic healthcare reform that everyone will like. If the Dems get overly aggressive or pass an overly liberal bill then independents like me will vote Republican. Like I said it is simple!

    November 30, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    (Who do Americans trust more on health care reform, asks Biden in the video: doctors and nurses, or "special interests"?)
    If I was a medical doctor or a nurse I would be right next to Joe saying the same thing. Of course they love it...they are the ones getting paid by the government, not the ones paying the government's bill. This bill does nothing to lower the cost of treatment or care. It just makes sure there are more paying customers and who wouldn't love that in their job?

    The problem with the Democratic health care proposals from both the house and the senate is that they are too expensive for America and they only raise the cost of health care. That's the main problem right now and they don't fix it!

    November 30, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. mjm

    Well, I guess as long as the nurses say it's ok.....lets spend a trillion.

    Do the nurses know what's in the bill? Or the coverage the "public option" provides?

    November 30, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Ray E.

    The White house is going to "Push Back on Distortions and Mis information"?

    We have a 12 Trillion Dollar National Debt. What's un truthful about that?
    The Constution never gave the Congress the power to collect and disberse money. What's un truthful about that?

    The Bill is coming due for all those liberal big government policies over the last 70 or so years. What's un truthful about that?

    The people that supported all those, Head in the Sand, look the other way, big government policies are also going to pay the bill, one way or the other. What's un truthful about that?

    November 30, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Mike in LR

    Opponents can make the same video with doctors and nurses. This is no offense. Maybe there is more that was left out.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Senate will not pass this mess with 60 votes. They will invoke the nuclear option and pass it with 51. Then when they are turned out of office for that, it can be rescinded before the major damage is done.

    November 30, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Tom

    GO DEMS! If you don't get the plan passed this time you probably will have lost the game. Republicans just want to say 'no' to everything and hold the country back from progress. They don't care about the American people.

    November 30, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Rick D

    If I were her, the only announcement that would make me happy would be that I was adopted.

    November 30, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    As my insurance premiums go up 41% next pay period. Please help. We need a public option so I can eat more than 1 meal a day. I will not let me family go without insurance.

    November 30, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Hey Big Spender

    They should add the pharmaceutical companies that they paid off to the video too!

    November 30, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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