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. David

    Nonsense, we are the majority and we want healtcare reform. Repulicans wants nothing good but to help the very wealthy. I am Republican and I see first hand.

    February 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. All I have to say is...

    Who cares what Michael Steele thinks?

    February 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Steve

    I love it. Honestly is there anybody out there who doesn't think that the president, for the most part, has been a huge disappointment so far? Oh-ver-ra-ted. BTW, I am not a Republican.

    February 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. normajean

    Trying to work with the Repubs is like shoveling snow with a spoon. How many times have we heard the president and other Democrats say on camera that they will listen to any ideas that the Repubs bring forth? When the president speaks to the politicians, these people all sit on their hands like stone statues. They have never made a legitimate effort to contribute to solving health care and stated from the very start that they were out to take Obama down.They have never stopped trying since day one.

    February 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    This is just another example of the GOP's strategy of "Say a lie enough times, and some people think it's the truth."

    The American people don't want the President to "start over" on health care – Americans are sick and tired of all the obstructionist delays that the Republicans insist on pursuing.

    The American people want health care reform now!

    And you want to know why? Health care insurance companies are planning on raising rates as much as 39%, so for the sole reaons of keeping their profit margins at astronomical highs, while they continue to pay their CEOs on average $14 million a year.

    February 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. john

    Ex republican to RNC: Agree, listen to the people. Get a public option into the healthcare bill and quit stalling!

    February 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. John

    YEAH! Listen to us! We want single payer!!!!

    February 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    "... put together a health care bill with common-sense incremental reforms that Americans are demanding and our country desperately needs..."

    WOW – before YOU said you already had a Health Care Reform Plan that would NOT cost us ONE RED CENT!!!! Remember that???

    What is "common-sense increments"???? Explain yourself!!

    This is the problem – EVERYTHING has to be PROLONGED and NOTHING gets done!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. AZ Steve

    Yes, listen to the people and include a public option!

    February 24, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Mark L.

    RNC Chairman, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir....OOPS, I meant to say Michael Steele (Sorry – He resembles the Sudanese Presidential FACIST Dictator SO Very Much) is an IDIOT !! Mr. Steele states: "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." So tell me Mr. Steele, what are some of of the Republicans proposals to fix the catastrophically broken healthcare system in this country?? Hmmm?? I bet I know of at least one of the GOP's proposals: To keep the privatized healthcare insurance company lobbyists & CEO's overjoyed with the gold & platinum lined pockets...Am I right, or am I RIGHT??

    February 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Chris D.

    They who?????? The 50+ million that voted for McCain/Palin in 2008?
    If so yes, these voters have been against this plan all along......
    However the 55+million that voted for this President, at least 50 million of them agree w/ this initiative.......Pass this bill......America will be better for it......In the future.

    February 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. minnie

    The Republicans keep saying a majority of the People want them to start over from scratch regarding the health care bill. Is that true? Has a Fact Check been done regarding this statement?

    February 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Jim

    1) Quote: "But at the same time you're trying to force the health care bill through Congress using a partisan parliamentary trick…"

    Republicans call reconciliation a "trick" when used by the Democrats, but when they have used it themselves in the past, they defended it as "majority rule". Nice double standard.

    2) Quote: "You're sticking with the Senate Democrats' health care bill that's already been rejected."

    Rejected by who exactly? The House naturally prefers their own version, but to my knowledge they haven't voted on the Senate's version since the Senate approved it.

    3) Its amazing how 2 governors races and one senate race represent the will of the people, but the general election in 2008 doesn't count for anything. If anything this ad proves the GOP is just as unworthy as they have always been.

    February 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. ran

    The RNC are the ones who should be listening. Come NOV. 2010 they will hear loud and clear what the American people want when the Republicans are out bid time because of their fear/hate/obstructionist/purity ideology.

    The Republicans are the ones who have not and seems unwilling to listen to the People.

    February 24, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    GOP, listen to American People:

    We want the public option in health care (70% +).

    Stop the obstructionism. Stop the lies. Stop the hate and fear.

    February 24, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. The Unsub

    Translation=Let Republicans write the bill so we can take credit for it and make you look like you did nothing.

    February 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Terry from West Texas

    The Republican fax machines are working. They now say the phrase "what Americans want" at the end of every paragraph. Of course they don't know and don't much care what "Americans" want. This is just a rhetorical device. Do not mistake it for what our Conservative leaders actually think.

    Q: How can you tell if a Conservative is lying?
    A: If he is breathing.

    February 24, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    When you ask the American people on an item by item basis, the vast majority want what the President is asking for. They don't understand the total package, but they do understand each separate item. Basically, the Republicans have it all wrong.

    The President aired his proposals out for all to see. Why don't the Republicans do the same? You know they will come to the meeting with a hip pocket agenda. Why are they afraid to show it?

    February 24, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. cindy ex-republican

    They do not mean listen to the American People, they mean give us our own way and we can say it is for the American People so we can get brownie points (we think) Just like I think Palin thought she would get brownie points by using Bristol to defend her little brother . DIDN'T WORK SARAH! WON'T WORK REPUBLICANS! The American People are too smart

    February 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. The Unsub

    Who says the American people don't want the bill? WE WANT IT!!!!

    February 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. TomInRochNY

    More R propaganda. The American people want Congress to DO something. Not push reform further away! Not delay people getting the care they need! Not allow insurance companies to cancel or deny coverage! November can't come soon enough for do nothing congress man/woman in either party!

    February 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. The Voice

    While the Republicans continue to play games "Blue Cross" just raised their premiums by 35%.

    By the time Americans wake up and realize the Republicans were on the side of "Big Health Insurance" and no bill could be passed, they will have no health insurance or too expensive to afford and may be forced to drop it.

    The longer we wait the more we will pay, literally!!

    February 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "puts government in control of personal health decisions, and empowers the government to set prices in the private market,"

    Both LIES.

    1. Nothing being proposed empowers the gov't to make private health care decisions. NOTHING OTHER THAN THE CONSERVATIVES' INSISTENCE THAT PEOPLE ON THE SUBSIDY NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT TO OBTAIN AN ABORTION. Other than that, not one person here can name how it empowers the gov't to make private health care decisions...because it's not in there. It's like trying to prove a negative. Of course, the accusation is the conviction as far as the American political system is concerned and that's the way the "news" media likes it, so fat chance changing it...controversy sells advertising time.

    2. As far as fixing prices, that couldn't be further from the truth. Currently, antitrust laws DO NOT APPLY to the insurance industry. The primary reason for the antitrust laws is to prevent monopolistic and oligopolisitc PRICE FIXING. Currently, that is PRECISELY what the insurers do: rate hikes mimic each other and they all agree when it's time to tighten the thumb screws. Obama has come out for repealing the insurance industry's exception from the antitrust laws. His only proposal that comes close to this is to create a commission that would be able to PREVENT ABUSIVE RATE HIKES that bear no relation to market factors (like what the insurers are doing now). That's consumer protection...PROTECTING US, THE MIDDLE-CLASS, FROM THE ABUSES OF GIANT BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSING US FOR A HALF CENTURY.

    I just gave FACTS. Now watch as the mindless Limbots insist on Mushmouth's lies.

    February 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Paul Ernest Show

    It is a blatant deception for anyone, especially republicans to spread the view that majority of Americans are against a national health insurance. The fact is that most Americans want health insurance. The republicans are using their opposition to protect big businesses from having real competition from government run insurance. Their alliance with big business is a well known phenomena and tradition. The party is fighting for big business and not for real Americans.

    February 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Anthony

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH......

    Republicans ONLY care what the American people think when it benefits THEIR agenda...

    Yes, Republicans.. LETS listen to the PEOPLE...
    Instead of trying to keep the highest amount of wealth in the smallest percentage of hands, lets make sure everyone has a fair chance at living the "American Dream", same as Health Care, everyone should have that opportunity, not you're chosen few...

    OBAMA introduced this whole push on health care reform, on behalf of the American people, yet the Right want to act like Americans arent listening? The only thing he isnt listening to are youre lobbyist and health insurance companies lining your pockets to vote NO NO NO.

    February 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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