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:

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."

Voice: "And the American people have spoken out and rejected it."

Voice: "They told you…"

Voice: "Time..."
Chyron: TIME
Voice: "And time again."
Voice: "At town hall…"
Voice: "After town hall."

Voice: "Election…"
Voice: "After election…"
Voice: "After election."

Voice: "But Mr. President,"

Voice: "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…"
Voice: "Called reconciliation."

Voice: "You're sticking with the Senate Democrats' health care bill that's already been rejected."
Voice: "You say you want bipartisan reform."
Voice: "So prove it."
Voice: "Will you say no to reconciliation?"

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

Voice: "Will you actually listen to the American people…"

Voice: "Listen TO THEM…"

Voice: "Start over on health care."

Voice: "Take action. Go to GOP.com."

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

    He is listening to the American people, not the 26% following the party of NO

    February 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Diane Portland OR

    Michael Steele is in charge of the RNC not the American People. We elected a President to fix Health Care and thats what we want him to do. If the republicans think their 3 wins were a referendum on Health Care, what do they think the 58 remaining Democratic!!!! Senators are. 41 is not a Majority regardless of what they want to pretend.

    February 24, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Liz

    American person to RNC. LISTEN TO THE ELECTION RESULTS OF 2008!!!! a few more people are opposed to the health care reform bill because of all the lies your party spewed and they believed. Anyone who really understands what the bill will and won't do is for it, if they have any functioning brain cells. there are no death panels! no one's taking over the healthcare system, although that's what should be happening. no one's pulling the plug on grandma! the morally bankrupt way the rethuglican lizardbrains have pursued this debate is sickening. they are perfectly content for thousands of people a year to die for lack of insurance while fighting to protect the insurance companies' profits. wake up, people!!! anyone who's not a multimillionaire and supports these thugs is a pure sucker!

    February 24, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    I just checked out the Republian plan on gop.gov/solutions/healthcare.
    The Republicna bill has a lot of common ground with the Democrats bills including:
    1) Steps to lower insurance premiums. The CBO says the Republican bill does that including for millions of families by $5,000 dollars more than the House bill.
    2) Provides access to affordable health care insurance for those with pre-existing conditions.
    3) Prevents insurance companies from unjustly cancelling a policy.
    4) Prohibits insurance companies from setting annual and lifetime benifit limits.
    5) Allows dependents to stay on family plans thru age 25.
    6) The CBO says the Republican plan reduces the deficit by 68 billion over 10 years. Obama says his plan will reduce it by 100 billion over 10 years.

    What the Republican bill does that Obamacare does not is:
    1) No tax increases.
    2) No cuts to Medicare.
    3) No funding for abortions.
    4) Does not cost nearly a trillion dollars or more like Obamacare. Republican plan costs 61 billion paid for by spending cuts.
    5) No mandates for everyone to purchase insurance or pay a fine.
    6) No mandates for business to provide employer based insurance or pay a fine.

    What is missing from Republican plan most voters probably would want and is in Obamacare:
    1) Subsidies to low and middle income families. Republicans rely on changes to lower premiums to expand coverage. CBO says Obamacare will expand coverage to more families than Republican plan.
    2) Cuts to fraud in Medicare.
    3) Exchanges to provide group rate coverage for individuals who do not have employer based group rate coverage.

    A compromise might be possible if Democrats were willing to give up most of the tax increases, all the new government regulations and mandates, to eliminate much of the massive expansion of new government agencies, to reduce the size of the cuts to Medicare to say in half, scale back the cost, adopt the Republican free market ideas to lower costs and be willing to rely more on spending cuts than tax increases to pay for it.
    And Republicans would have to be willing to compromise on some subsidies to low and middle income families and the creation of exchanges and agree to some cuts to Medicare related to fraud prevention and perhaps a small tax increase somewhere.
    If the two parties could agree to something like this, you might have something a majority of voters could get behind.
    But so far all I am hearing from the Democrats and Obama is to give up nothing and add a couple of Republican ideas. That does not cut it with a majority of voters.

    February 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Dave

    Republicans are building a false story on small data here. They are using specific, regional incidents (and trying to infer meaning on them that may not even be there) and attempting to pass that off as a nationwide concensus. That's not only incorrect, it's dishonest, and so transparent that it's insulting to the intelligence of the American voter.

    In nationwide polls, the majority of Americans DO want healthcare fixed. The only people who are resisting it are the Republicans, who've been fed a bunch of lies about it by their leaders. These same Republicans will be filing their taxes soon and will see that most of them are actually having to pay LESS than they did last year. Will that actual result-based data sink in, or are they so fantasy-based with their protests that they don't care about truth anymore?

    After what I'm seeing from the Republicans, this is one independent voter who won't be giving the GOP any of my support for a long time.

    February 24, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele is pathetic...........go back to spending all of your rich friends money that they donated to the RNC..............

    February 24, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Yougottaloveit

    Until the American people are allowed to vote on this issue, no one knows what the majority wants...just speculation..depending on who is speaking.

    February 24, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Chandler

    The Republicans do not speak for me or the majority of Americans that support health care reform. The GOP has been lying to their consituents about this issue for over a year now!

    February 24, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. gwen

    I am sick of the republicans, especially McConnelll and Boehner saying Americans don't want health care reform EVERYONE I talk to and I work in a health care facility wants health care reform, no better than that, are demanding health care reform. We see first hand people without health care insurance struggling, people being dropped for getting sick and then not being able to get insurance while they battled cancer and we've seen people lose everything because they or a loved one gets sick!!! It's disgusting that in this country this is going one!! So stop saying what the Amercian people want – you only speak for the rich white guys – Americans want reform and most want a public option!!!

    February 24, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. j

    He did and they want health care changed. The Repubs scrapped it under Clinton– Remember? They don`t want ANY changes unless there is more $$$$$ for the insurance industry.

    February 24, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Michael

    THE REPUGLICANS ARE IN NO POSITION TO DEMAND ANYTHING FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA! They have not listened to Americans to stop the gridlock and their do nothing stance! The only thing they have mastered is "crying foul play." Boehner and repuglicans wants the President to bow to them and let them run the country! All they have to offer Americans is partinsanship, this is a word in the repuglicans vocabulary they adore, worship and simply bow too! They are obstructionist of any idea the democrats will put forward! I do not buy the fact that democrats should give up more for bipartisanship! That is stupid! Why, should democrats have to give up their agenda or solutions to help Americans for a group of people who will not cooperate, are obstructionist bent on delaying, hindering, sabotaging, and eliminating their programs, effectively stopping or gridlocking everything! DEMOCRATS SHOULD USE THE RECONCILIATION TO PUSH THROUGH BILLS THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS! PRESIDENT OBAMA ITS TIME TO GET IN THE TRENCHES AND FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY OR YOU WILL BE DEFINITELY A ONE TERM PRESIDENT!

    February 24, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Doug,lib jersey

    Only if you are a liar who lives a dishonest life can you vote Democrat.

    One of many lib lies on the ticker;

    "Republicans hate America. That's why they fly planes into buildings."

    This is what libs are saying, yet the guys own suicide letter shows he is as usual a liberal Democrat, here are Joe Stack's own words,

    "The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government"

    Sure sounds exactly like the ticker lib Obama-bots who have expressed that their greatest wish would be for Sarah Palin and her family to be executed. Thank god more libs don't own planes!

    February 24, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    You mean start over or do you mean scrap it all together so you can keep getting rich off Big Health and Big Pharma while tens of thousands get kicked off their insurance like a pepsi can down the street? Thanks But No Thanks to That Bridge to Nowhere GOP Goons. Dems need to man up and merge the two bills as best as they can and pass it.

    February 24, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Steve-O

    Take a hike RNC. You used reconciliation five times during Bush. You had all of 2009 to participate on health care and all you had to offer was a tax credit which would pay for three months of health care at today's rates. Your signature cost-saving issue, Tort Reform, was already done in 2002 (with no effect) and the CBO has estimated the savings as less than 2%. You refuse to compromise. Your representatives have gone on the record as saying this is about defeating Obama. You did nothing for the past eight years but offer more tax breaks and patent protections to pharmaceuticals which have been the fastest growing cost sector in health care. You're afraid of your own base who have been protesting this government since Inauguration Day with racist and invective signage, gestures and screaming. You're useless.

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Miss Independence

    He doesn't even listen to the voices in his head....

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Chandler

    The GOP used reconcilliation to pass 2 tax cuts that cost over $1 Trillion, and Medicare Part D which also costs over $1 Trillion. They are hypocrites.

    February 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    I've been hearing a lot of liberal/progressive supporters on TV and in newspaper articles these last few days saying when the House and Senate health care bills are broken down into separate parts, a majority of voters support the individual parts. The then claim the reason a majority of voters don't like the whole of the bills is because they just don't understand them.
    I kept thinking to myself there are any number of parts I am positive a majority of voters do not like and suspected these liberal/progressives were being less than honest and cherry picking their parts.

    I was glad to see in the USA Today that they published a poll on a parts break down. The results were very interesting. Seems the liberal/progressives are not presenting the whole picture.

    The USA Today poll shows about a half dozen popular major parts getting an average of about 60% support with 67% being the highest.
    It also shows only 42% support the bills as a whole. That leaves 58% who do not support the bill as a whole.
    It also shows only 22% support requiring people to buy insurance or pay a fine and only 19% support the nearly 1 trillion dollar cost over 10 years. I'm pretty sure that there are a number of other parts that would get less than 50% support also like some of the tax increases, the mandate for a business to provide insurance, the 500 billion in cuts to Medicare, and the government funding for abortions in the Senate's and Obama's bills. But USA Today did not have any numbers on those.

    So if you sort it out.
    About 20% support the bills as a whole.
    About 22% have mixed feelings but feel the good parts out weigh the bad. This gets you to the 42% who support the bill
    About 18% have mixed feelings but feel the bad parts out weigh the good. This gets you to the average of 60% who at least like parts of the bills. I count myself in this group.
    That leaves about 40% who don't seem to like much of anything in the bills. My guess some of these people must really like some parts of the bill but must find the bad so bad they just dismiss everything.

    So it is really very simple when you look at the whole picture. Even though a majority of voters like some parts of the bills an EVEN LARGER majority don't like other parts. And when the voters add it all up a majority equates the bad stuff out weighs the good stuff. Of course you do not get that picture if you cherry pick out the parts you like and use it for talking points and spin.

    Looks like a center right majority of 58% of voters are saying taking away freedom of choice and spending too much for the benefits or spending more than we can afford are show stoppers. Okay, I may be taking liberties assuming all 58% are fiscal conservative, center right, freedom loving patriots. Some of the 58% are probably far left liberal/progressive, nanny state, tax and spend, spend, spend socialists who will settle for nothing less than Universal single payer health care. Even Obama is smart enough to know that won't fly.
    Obama and the liberal/progressives will never get it. Liberal/progressives prefer government controls, mandates and regulations over individual freedom and are mentally challenged were money and spending is involved.

    February 24, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Bill NY

    Right, the president listins to the people and the Republicans listen to the sound of crisp bills from lobbyists.

    February 24, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't need my President to listen to me, all I ever wanted and the main reason and components why I voted for him is because he made promises, like reaching accross the aisle, getting the GOP work together, etc. But he broke promises, appointing lobbyists and special interests to get his liberal agenda further.

    Though I confess is the opposite of what I believe and hoped for, this guy is pretty much the same, he ain't nothing different. Nothing new, so what else is the point? He's just a phony, who goes by emotion than action, is not tough enough, wishes he had Chisgo style politics magic, etc.

    He's just another phony and a wannabe Honest Abe. And for the record, since he likes to quote him much and use him verbally, he made choices that he didn't like, never liked but had to. What is this moron and idiotic President done to prove he can be of that stature and belief?

    "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."-Mahatma Gandhi

    Moron of our President.

    February 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Audrey in Georgia

    Democrats, do not start over to appease the NO party! This is their "waterloo. " Health care has been debated for years and because they
    can not keep up, then the rest of America needs to slow down for them
    to catch up. Well it is not happening. The republicans continue to act like
    slow learners. America, vote all of the republicans out of office so they can maintain their small government in their little minds.

    February 24, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The vast majority of Americans want the Public Option! However, the GOP propaganda machine has distorted the Healthcare Bill, so that Americans are wary of it.

    What amazes me is that the GOP claims to put "America First" but in reality, its not "America First" its...... Big Pharma and Big Insurance first!

    Thousands of Americans die every year, far more than were killed on 9/11, because they lack healthcare and the GOP DOES NOT CARE!

    February 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Audrey in Georgia

    CNN, I notice you are not posting my comments. Why?!? Are they too
    bold for you?

    February 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Boehner's a boner

    American people to RNC: YOU LOST! Get over it.

    February 24, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. dave

    Americans are still playing the old game while the China and India working hard to make their country prospourous and super power.....you need to come together as one nation and work with your president.

    February 24, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. William

    A message to RNC. Temporary relief. Overall, the public still do not like you guys and don't think you will have your way in the 2010 elections. Bask in the sunshine while you can as your day of recknoning will come..soon!

    February 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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