February 24th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

RNC to President Obama: Listen to the American people

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/24/art.rncvideo.rnc.jpg caption=" The Republican National Committee released a new Web ad Wednesday telling President Obama to start over on health care reform."]Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee has a message about health care for President Obama on behalf of the American people: "Listen to them."

"If President Obama is truly interested in a bipartisan approach, then he can start by shelving his hand-me-down health care proposal, and start working with Republicans to put together a health care bill with common-sense incremental reforms that Americans are demanding and our country desperately needs," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement released Wednesday.

"Instead of listening to the majority of Americans and starting over on health care, the president decided to go forward with a recycled government-run plan that will still cost over $2.5 trillion, puts government in control of personal health decisions, and empowers the government to set prices in the private market," Steele added.

The video features pictures of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown–three Republicans who have recently won seats previously held by Democrats. Republicans contend that the elections were referendums on President Obama and Democratic proposals, including health care.

The video comes a day before President Obama will hold a bipartisan health care meeting in Washington.

Read the full script after the jump:

SCRAP IT" SCRIPT
Time: 01:18
Voice: "President Obama, you owe the American people answers."

Voice: "Because you've spent the year behind closed doors concocting a government takeover of health care."

Chyron: CONCOCTING A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTHCARE
Voice: "And the American people have spoken out and rejected it."

Voice: "They told you…"

Chyron: THEY TOLD YOU
Voice: "Time..."
Chyron: TIME
Voice: "And time again."
Chyron: AND TIME AGAIN
Voice: "At town hall…"
Chyron: AT TOWNHALL
Voice: "After town hall."
Chyron: AFTER TOWNHALL

Voice: "Election…"
Chyron: NEW JERSEY
Voice: "After election…"
Chyron: VIRGINIA
Voice: "After election."
Chyron: MASSACHUSETTS

Voice: "But Mr. President,"
Chyron: BUT MR. PRESIDENT

Voice: "You aren't listening."
Chyron: YOU AREN'T LISTENING

Voice: "You say you are holding a bipartisan health care summit."

Voice: "But at the same time you're trying to force the health care bill through Congress using a partisan parliamentary trick…"
Chyron: PARTISAN TRICKS
Voice: "Called reconciliation."
Chyron: RECONCILIATION

Voice: "You're sticking with the Senate Democrats' health care bill that's already been rejected."
Chyron: REJECTED
Voice: "You say you want bipartisan reform."
Voice: "So prove it."
Chyron: SO PROVE IT
Voice: "Will you say no to reconciliation?"
Chyron: WILL YOU SAY NO TO RECONCILIATION?

Voice: "Will you scrap the government takeover of health care crafted behind closed doors?"

Chyron: WILL YOU SCRAP THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTHCARE CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
Voice: "Will you actually listen to the American people…"

Chyron: WILL YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
Voice: "Listen TO THEM…"

Chyron: LISTEN TO THEM
Voice: "Start over on health care."
Chyron: START OVER ON HEALTHCARE

Voice: "Take action. Go to GOP.com."
Chyron: TAKE ACTION AT: GOP.COM
Onscreen Disclaimer: PAID FOR BY THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE NOT PAID FOR BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE WWW.GOP.COM


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Nestor

    Dear GOP/RNC....please provide something for the American People to compare to the Democratic plan. If you dont have anything please SHUT UP!

    That is all

    February 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has turned a deaf ear to the people, and will pay for that, in 2012.

    February 24, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Ha...watch out Republican! Obama must be setting a "TRAP" for you. Obama going to call you out and expose your pack of lies. Just come out and admit that you Neo-Confederates want to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid...because Limbaugh is afraid it might lead to reparations. What a pathetic joke.

    February 24, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Laurie

    How about the Republicans listening for once.

    February 24, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Glenn Koons

    Finally. The Pubs are giving the public the true skinny on the partisanship and lies of the Dems and the faux CIC and Messiah. Unless the Dems tear up this 2400 page horror and Reid's addentum, the Pubs are not going to be used to fool the public over this socialist mess. Good for the Pubs.

    February 24, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Eddie

    The LIberal Media & the Liberal White House can try (as they will/are) to spin this any way they want but truth is; We the American Public is sick and tired of ObamaCare constantly being forced upon us!!!!

    February 24, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    Dream on, Michael Steele, dream on! The only thing this American person would scrap the current plan for is an entirely government-run single payer plan. Republican weak tea "reforms" aren't worth the paper that no one has bothered to write them down on.

    Oh, Michael, when will you cease your preoccupation with the mote in your neighbor's eye and start worrying about the log in your own?

    February 24, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    About this whole, "he's not listening to the American people" meme: I hate to be the one to say it, but most Americans are too ignorant and brainwashed to know which policies benefit them. So they vote again and again for politicians who are in the pocket of big business and then wonder where their jobs went, why that bridge collapsed and why their kid is too dumb to get into college. Have a nice day!

    February 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Mesa Mick

    That's right rethuglicants – Listen to the American people not the loud, retarded lizard-brained minority of Tea Baggers, neocons, Texans, the Klan and the NRA.

    And remember this too GOPers, "Real" Americans care about the well being of each other and the planet we live on, not tax cuts for the uber-rich, banksters and big corporation campaign contributors...

    February 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Sheree

    The Republicans should stop spending so much time on placing blame and offer a solution that is viable. It is obvious it is not about those of us struggling with the constantly increased costs of providing an option for our employees, but how do we as a party undermine the efforts of the other party. Grow up, become productive or serve some other country.

    February 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. LN

    They are so afraid of tomorrow! Feb 25th. Tune in and see who's telling the truth about health care and who is not.

    February 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. JFK

    If Republicans offered something better or new, then we would listen to them. Unfortunately, we get nothing but fear tactics from the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush. Death panels and so on. Strange, they didnt seem to propose this when they had control of the Congress for years. Oh, thats right, they didnt care enough to overhaul healthcare!

    February 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    " Hand-Me-Down Health Care Proposal"...this is good. That's exactly what it is, saying it in a nice way. Saying it more bluntly, the proposal from Obama was a snub in the face of Americans who demand a bipartisan approach. " No...I'm President and we'll do it my way!".

    I doubt that he has the political capital to pull this childish stunt off. Too many Democratic congressmen have heard what Americans are saying loud and clear. They fear for their jobs if they follow Obama's ratings down the drain. America is looking for Democrats who are not going to blindly follow the losing party line. Massachusetts on January 19th was not an aberration. It was the headlight of a train coming into the tunnel.

    February 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Frank, San Diego

    Democrats in the House need to man-up and adopt the Senate plan. Then we can go back and clean up the silliness that had to be stuck into it to get 60 votes.

    Republicans, on the other hand, should shut up until they have a plan that would solve the problem of 30 million Americans uninsured.

    February 24, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Dan

    This is the kind of stuff everybody is tired of. If the Democrats AND the Republicans spent as much time on health care and the economy as they do on this kind of stuff something might get done. For the first time in my "voting life" I am voting against the incumbent no matter who they are. I will not look at their voting record, whether they are pro-life or whether they are Democrat or Republican. Flat out the incumbent is gone.

    Dan
    Saint Charles, MO

    February 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is all in the phrasing; it isn't a take over since there will be private insurance companies allowed and encouraged. As for those elections, appearently the GOP isn't paying attention either. The Democrat who was running for those seats were not doing a good job at campaigning or performing the duties of that office.

    February 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. NYCitizen

    HORAY republicans and well said!!!! I am renouncing my political registry with the democrats and turning to republicans.

    February 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. gt

    TO BIG A EGO....never happen its his way or no way....

    February 24, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. tmart

    The Republican Party is so bad about generalizing. I am also the American People as are tens of millions of others who want this legislation to go through, and NOT start over. What a waste of time.

    February 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. irene

    The pres is listening to the people. We need HCR. Don't listen to those nasty Repugs Mr. Obama. They only want to hurt everybody who get's in their way of complete power & domination. Look at how badly they failed us when they last had the power. Did they care at all about the lacking health care or education? No – all they want to do is drum up war so that their buddies make more money to fund their next campaigns. The GOP had 8 years and did nothing good with it, now let's take America back from them and get their mess cleaned up!

    February 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Video Guy

    I am a American voter. My message to the GOP is knock this "crap" off. Set down with the President and work out a deal.

    February 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Pam from Iowa

    It is time the GOP starts listening to the citizens instead the insurance carriers!

    Americans want affordable health care!
    Americans want elimination of pre-existing condition clauses!
    Americans want protection from exorbitant premium increases by greedy insurance carriers!

    I have yet to hear these from a single Republican!!

    February 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Yooper

    Republicans read the first article in the Politicalticker section says 77% of americans think you are not helping solve problems in america.....the Party of No fast at work!!!! Thanks repukes for screwing up the good old US of A ...appreciate it you idiots....

    February 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Publico

    RNC – You do not speak for the Ameican people or have the slightest clue what the American people are thinking. You will be very surprised to find out in November how your transparent obstructionist, party first tactics have been received by America.

    February 24, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. sam

    The only reason why the RNC wants Congress to start over is because they hope it will take another year and by then they may have enough seats to block any legislation. It's makes no sense to start all over and still include the same ideas. Furthermore, the Repub are in position to tell anybody what to do.

    I'm so sick of hearing that the "majority of Americans" crap. If these Americans are the ones that didn't vote for him Pres. Obama does not have to listen them and neither does the rest of American

    February 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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