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. BJs65

    LOL – yeah GOP, why don't YOU listen to the American people?

    Time and time again I'm hearing "We need health care reform". The current system does NOT work! Keeping it the way it is now ain't the answer!

    February 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    Now is the time to say NO MORE.
    NO MORE handouts
    NO MORE bailouts
    NO MORE free rides
    Time you quit supporting the lazy and illegals

    February 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jay

    It's a shame that people are too stupid to realize that the Republicans are really just trying to help the insurance industry. If corporations can't be defeated for the common good then this country is in serious trouble.

    February 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    It certainly would be nice if President Obama would listen to the American people, but we'll dealing with a narcistic person here and a man who thinks no one knows better than himself what the American people want. That, or he's just plain stupid and doesn't get it.

    February 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Duck Fallas

    No, listen to ME, ignore the right wing retards.

    February 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He is listening to the people. Republicans aren't listening to the people. Republicans have generated so much misinformation that people in their caucus(republicans) may not know what's in the bill. The public option is coming. As soon as this summit is over, I suspect senators will sign the letter for the public option and pass it through reconciliation.

    February 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Start over = sweep under the rug.

    February 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. DanB

    Imagine that... Steele is distorting the truth.
    While I'm no fan of more government subsidies, the CBO has reported that the White House / Senate proposal will actually SAVE the country money in the long-run. As for government control of personal health decisions, that's just seems like more of the same tired scare tactics that the country has grown so tired of... While the plans being proposed are not perfect, far from it, the GOP owes it to the American people to have a truthful discussion on Helath Care and what they really intend to to do about it besides complain and tell the POTUS to "start over" using their ideas... yeah right.

    February 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. ww

    THIS ISN'T A BOXING MATCH tomorrow – they are meeting to work together – yeah, I'm not that pie in the sky, but still, this sort of behavior is EXACTLY why NOTHING gets done! Be ADULTS and work to compromise – enough of this garbage!!

    February 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Obama is against real reform

    NO DEBATE and NO REAL REFORM:
    Obama has submitted the same old bill, so that the debate will be about the senate rehash instead of real healthcare reform

    Instead of offering new solutions and cost savings reform, the debate will be about individual points from within the failed bill. WE NEED TO START OVER AND DISCUSS REAL REFORM.

    Obama is corrupt, dishonest and the biggest partisan in Washington.

    February 24, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    These are the people claiming they want bipartisanship? This is like saying to your wife/husband "let's sit down and discuss this...b-tch." The GOP isn't seroius about any of it. They just want to delay and thwart. Obama made a proposal, that's all. Congress can consider it or not...he's not a member of Congress and doesn't legislate. The idea that we need to start over is total nonsense too: if you think that every single possible idea hasn't been addressed, discussed and analyzed, then you're just lying to yourself to re-affirm your pre-determined position that the Dems are at fault, that health care reform is a giant communist plot, etc etc. Hundreds and hundreds of amendments from GOPers were proposed and voted on. Many made it into what are currently the Senate and House bills. The only reason the GOPers want to "start over" is so government can come to even more of a standstill, nothing will get done AND THEY'LL HAVE ONE MORE BITE AT THE APPLE FOR PLASTERING IDIOCY ALL OVER THE ISSUE. They think it worked for them the first time (last year), and to some extent it did because Obama's and the Dems' failure to stuff it up the GOP's collective a$$ angered their own base and the GOP's base was already nodding their heads before the GOP opened its fat mouth to spew "death panels" fabrications, etc. They want to do it all over again, that's all. There will be no difference. The GOP will not suddenly be running reasonable advertisements informing the public as to their positions and actual ideas for solutions. It's just a mid-term-election-year ploy to keep the issue they think they can win via demogoguery in front of everyone.

    February 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. barb

    Republicans will never agree to any kind of health care bill. Did they do anything when they had control of the WH and Congress? They don't believe it needs fixing and will fight ANY bill put together. When it comes to their support of the American people vs. lobbiests for medical related businesses, the Ameican people are always the losers.

    February 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. PJ

    If he would listen to me, he would resign his office and crawl back under the rock he came from.

    February 24, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Cindy

    You guys are just stalling. I'm just sick and tired of this.

    Don't start over, let's just get this done.

    February 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Debbie

    This is an outright lie without any facts or statistics. The assumption here (lack of critical thinking) is that the American people are all GOP supporters. The fact is in a democracy the majority rules. That means that more American people voted for Dems than GOP. So even on the surface this ad and message is an outright lie.

    February 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and to RNC.... LISTEN TO ME: SHUT THE HELL UP

    February 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. MsDp

    This is not representative of the American People. Don't listen to this crap. Some of the American People agree with the RNC, but MOST or MORE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT!!!! Most of the American People have been heard by our President. Keep up the work on HEALTH CARE REFORM!!! This is what most of the American People wants. Remember, RNC doesnot speak for ALL of the American People and the President is listening to MOST of the American People!!! It is time the RNC, GOP, & TEABAGGERS get it RIGHT and TELL THE FACTS!! Most or More Americans want healthCare reform NOW!!!!

    February 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Bob

    The system is broken. Only way left to change it is revolution, not to change our form of government, but to get rid of career politicians and over paid bureaucrats workings in our government..

    February 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    American people to GOP...You lost....Go Away.

    February 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Michael

    The rnc needs to listen to the American people. They are being self-centered, selfish, obstructive, and are acting against the best interests of the majority of Americans. Petty bullies is what they are!

    February 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Wade in Alabama

    I'm an American, so listen up: DON'T SCRAT IT, WORK IT OUT. Stop this BS idea of "my way or the highway" by the liberals an conservatives and work together on the common issues. This ad ignores the ditching (by Obama) of the backroom deal items that were practically oinking. The pork never should have been there. The CNN poll today showed that people are more fed up with the partisanship than they are with any particular legislation (or lack there of).

    At some point, people will become fed up or scared off b the radical right and left, and demand that moderate and practical progress be made. And what if our current leaders continue to leave the middle ground a void? Someone will come along and fill it- more Olympia Snows and Russ Feingolds and Arlen Specters- maybe even a few more independents.

    February 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. no need to know

    I hope President Obama does listen to the american people and cause reconciliation on health bill

    February 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Is this real?

    I think that it is more obvious that the Republicans, of whom have been asked by the President to submit their own healthcare plans many times, are out to delay the process over and over again to gain an advantage going into the elections. Then, and if, they get more seats, will most likely stall the process event more.

    February 24, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Tom from Canonsburg

    Actually what I saw of those town hall meetings was a handful of supposed voters that chose to shout down anything that any politician especially Democrats would try to say. You can't have intelligent debate with those who refuse to listen to the other side of the debate. Everything I heard seemed to be the exact same words just a different voice, like it was scripted. I would venture to say that if you went and found those exact screamers from the townhall meetings you would find that half of them were paid to be there to make a ruckus. How many of those screamers were actually outside agitators? I have issues with anyone from outside a voting district forcing themselves into a meeting meant for the voters of that district. I also have issues with any politician who receives money from people who aren't registered voters in that district. The registered voters from the district should be the only ones to influence their representatives.

    February 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. AnnieL

    President Obama HAS listened to the "American people"–the ones who ELECTED him. That's called democracy. The screamers are all Republicans and Tea Partiers. You represent a minority, for a change, Rep. Boehner. That said, President Obama needs to explain his plan to the American people IN DETAIL Thursday. He needs to give concrete examples of how each major feature of the plan would benefit average Americans in their particular circumstances and how much it would cost them. It's no different from selling a car: What are we getting and what are paying for it. Republicans have taken maximum advantage of the lack of details to breed fear and anger. President Obama, give Americans something to SUPPORT!

    February 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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