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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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The gloves are finally coming off and now it's time to play hardball.

    November 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Another Reformed Republican

    It's about time!

    November 30, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Jayson

    Don't worry. The politicians in Washington can't fix all the funding shortages that will soon be upon us when it comes to Social Security, Medicare, and other government programs but things will be different if we just let them rush ahead with the proposed healthcare program....

    Before the government runs off and creates yet another entitlement program maybe they should consider fixing all the major problems with the programs that already exist. Prove that there is fraud, waste, and abuse. Then fix it and move on to fixing something else.

    November 30, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Tim

    Biden is not a very intelligent man. This entitlement program is going to bankrupt our nation. We actually have people in office that want to take half a trilion dollars away from senior citizens through their medicare and give it to childless able-bodied minority adults. It must be because they give so much to our society? How is this going to help anything? How will this get those people jobs, or keep people from foreclosing on thier homes, or bring down the poverty rate, or keep business's from moving overseas. Their is a report out that shows that the amount of business's that have moved out of the U.S. has tripled since Obama took office, and it is predicted that the amount will double itself if health care reform is passed. Thanks Obama, thanks for completely ruining the United States.

    November 30, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Melissa

    Good. No more catering to greedy corporations.

    November 30, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    I can assure Biden that I do not trust him or the Washington politicians to manage a health care program effectively and efficiently!! You are all just a bunch of big spending – deficit producing group of idiots running our country into the ground!!

    November 30, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Steve in North Carolina

    Let's see...The American Nurses Association and the American Association of Family Physicians are not special interest groups?

    Get real! They want to keep lining their pockets with even more taxpayer money than they are getting now (which is plenty). This bill needs to be all reform to save taxpayer money and no more entitlements before our nation goes broke!

    November 30, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Mark

    Biden wants us to trust him lolol

    November 30, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. IndiePA

    1) No government run option (public or whatever you want to call it). They' screw up/with everything they touch (Social Security, Medicare). 2) No eligibility for ILLEGAL aliens. Require proof of citizenship. This group is already bilking the U.S. economy and its taxpaying citizens($728 million in 2008 in PA alone for healthcare, education and incarceration).
    3) No cuts in Medicare to finance this fiasco.

    November 30, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Carnell From The Motor City!

    The White House Needs To Do A Better Job Of Taking On Its Hypocritics Such As Some At HypocriCNN And Fixed News Channel.

    November 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. true american

    biden will be the last person to convince me of anything. he was always on the wrong side of history, voting against golf war, for 2003 iraq war, against the 'surge' in iraq. just blows with the wind. a joke!

    November 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. tom

    There would be a whole lot less misunderstandings if the press would assign11 reporters to read the bills instead of wasting their time on Palin. What happened to journalism? Are you guys a bunch of whimps? I have a question, we start paying on the insurance right away, but don't get insurance for a couple of years from the plan, so do we pay for the new one and the old one we have at the same time? The Congress can pass this law, given the mood in the country regarding the Federal Gov't, I don't think the people are gonna obey it. So they can pass whatever they want, we are just not gonna do it. And this is the beginning of the political revolution that is sweeping the country.

    November 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Flex

    But what about the religious fascists? They don't want us to have health care, or get married, or receive abortions! They want to impose the death penalty on us to control everyone.

    We must impose the death penalty on all religious corporations, and their leaders, criminalize their money laundering, and break their backs!

    November 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Bob in Pa

    How about you go on the offense and protect my hard earned money. I'm tired of our government's actions spending and borrowing that devalues the dollar, passing new laws that have caused banks to tighten credit and hike rates. How about Congress and B.O. just sit back and collect their paychecks. Do no harm.

    November 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. JP

    Why doesn't the white house go on an offensive, on behalf of taxpayers and save them 100 billion a year, against the greedy trial bar and institute comprehensive medical malpractice reform.

    November 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Randy

    What has the goverment ever run well? Obama cant even throw a party without screwing that up. Now you want this baffoon in charge of your health. he could not get a job as a janitor at my firm. Biden come on he is like your crazy drunk uncle who still thinks he is 35 with the hair peace and fake teeth.

    November 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. SO RIGHT

    50% plus of the American population doesn't want a public option take-over. And that's exactly what a public option would become - The Feds taking over health care. Why? Simple - if the feds offer a public option, who else could compete? Sure, they say the public option would be ONE option and that people would still be able to choose their own health plans if they want to, but what they fail to mention is the Feds would set all the prices. If they have that much control over health care, all others would not be able to compete, sending quality health care as we know it down the drain. All of the quality insurance plans, like those in Minnesota, would drown. The entire health care industry would be thrown on its back and quality care would be replaced by government-run restrictive medicine. in addition, eventually hundreds of thousands of independent health care facilities would be shut down, leaving a large part of the population unemployed. Really think about this people...don't just follow blindly.

    November 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. voter

    about time. WH needs to be on offense, not defense. This is the farthest the healthcare debate has ever come and we are close to reform despite the roadblocks and negativity/lies from the GOP. WH needs to tie the healthcare reform debate to the economy. I work in the healthcare field and I hear compliants from my patients about their insurance denying coverage after payment. They cannot afford treatment despite having so call insurance. Reform is needed.

    November 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Somebody needs to ask Halliburton, or whatever they're calling themselves this week, how the rebuilding of Iraq is going. How's that oil pipeline working out? Not so good, huh? And this is the private sector you want running your healthcare. Haha, nice. Keep your capitalism out of my healthcare! Have a nice day!

    November 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. public option good - insurance companies bad


    But maybe too late.

    November 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Anonymous

    The fact that there has been billions of dollars spent by the health care entities, special interests and the republicans to try and destroy Health Care Reform proves to the Amerian people that this is what our country needs and wants.
    We who support the survial of our country must e mail, phone, write every politican they can letting them know we will no longer accept or tolerate big business running, controlling our country making crucial decisions on our behalf.

    November 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. ttbala

    All you Right wing nuts who are attacking Biden, you should have thought about attacking bush and cheney when they were sending our young men and women to their death for their own interest and ruining this country, you played a big roll standing beside bush/chaney and faild, so now please keeo your mouths shut and let the inteligent people do their job, and yes whoever is telling us no government run healthcare that government ruiins everything, just take a look at Medicare and Social security, where were you or your parents be without these, please think before attacking, God has given each and everyone of us brain to THINK, SO THINK

    November 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Dave

    A quick search of the Senate health bill will bring up "secretary" 2,500 times.

    For instance, on Page 122 of the 2,079-page bill, the secretary is given the power to establish "the basic per enrollee, per month cost, determined on average actuarial basis, for including coverage under a qualified health care plan."

    "The legislation lists 1,697 times where the secretary of health and humans services is given the authority to create, determine or define things in the bill," said Devon Herrick, a health care expert at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

    November 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. annie s

    Please, please Democrats, unite on this! Neither the Senate nor the House bills are perfect, but either would be an excellent start to fixing the health care debacle in this country. To the selfish people worried that they will lose something if reform passes, or angry that it might cost them something, please remember that 44,000 Americans die needlessly every year due to lack of insurance or denial of benefits. If we are truly the greatest county in the world, we should be able to provide affordable health care to ALL of our citizens, just as every other industrialized does.

    November 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. John, Brooklyn, NY

    I find it ironic that the same contributors below who calim that the government doesn't run anything well are the same ones who are bellyaching about possible cuts in Medicare. can't suck on the government teet and then cry about how it doesn't give you chocolate milk!

    November 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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