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. J.P.

    Doesn't matter what Barry and his pinko buddies in the Congress do re the medical field, because the voters are going to send these statist socialists packing in November. Its as certain as day follows night.

    Right now, even Jimmy Carter, is thinking these guys are dangerous socialists.

    February 24, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. IKHAN

    They should be the one listening to American people.Their politics of obstructionism is blocking what American people are saying.

    Rid Washington of politics of pandering to lobbies,special interest groups, war mongers, partisanship, self serving policies & doling out pork- thats what American people are saying.

    Listen up RNC!

    February 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Same old same old

    The President IS LISTENING to the American people. He is trying very hard to make the reforms that the American people are demanding. The Republican party (you know, the Spin Doctors) are putting every roadblock that they can in the way. Every poll supports the fact that Americans want these changes. They WANT health reform, they WANT a public option. Republicans don't want these changes, so I guess for them that translates to "everyone". Republicans, check the polls. The American people are blaming YOUR PARTY for the lack of bipartisanship, not the Democrats. Wise up.

    February 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Pete in Guilford

    Steele forgets that the American People elected this president. If STEELE had LISTENED, he would have heard the news. From day one the right wing has been flooding the airways with lies, distortions, and promises to do whatever they can to make our president a failure—doing everything in their power to try to stop the will of the people who elected this president. Remember when the GOP used to say, "The only polls that matter are the ones on election day?" They should accept the election results and let our president fix the disastrous mess the GOP left behind.

    February 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. maf

    RNC and Michael Steele want the President to "start over " on Health Care, so they can continue to obstruct and delay and NOthing gets done! It is a repulsive notion that the GOP does NOt want a health care system for the people that is less than what they receive as politicians!
    Listen to the People?? It is hard to continue to listen to the GOP slant on things. Maybe Brown will sway on Health Care and break with party lines again. Then what will the GOP say about who won in the former Kennedy seat! They'll be calling him an independent "rogue", not fit to be a Republican!

    February 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Proud DEM

    Don't include me with your "American people stance" Because RNC...you do not speak for me...you only speak for your "people" We real Americans want change to this Health care mess we have, and you have done nothing to help out along the way............Polls are such a joke...half the people who are polled are uneducated on this matter...and only listen to what "Faux Noise" will tell them or these pathetic Repukes in Washington...get the facts....oh, and good ol' Boner I'm sorry, I mean Boehner now is complaining that the bill is too small?...11 pages...compared to the 2,000 page bill...what the hell do you want man!! So tired of the rhetoric..

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    This disastrous administration will be the best thing that ever happened to conservatives in the history of this country, 1 n done , the hate that we have for this administration makes your hatred for bush look trivial. I find it hard, compared to a lil over a year ago, to find a passionate supporter. I find it funny the ones I know supported this bum quickly change the subject, it seems the only people quick to stick up for this embarrassment are those, like you , that can do it anonymously.

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. cecilia

    the President of the United States is listening you morons
    we want health care and insurance reform with a public option
    Are you all stupid as well as being mean
    you guys better hurry you do not have too much time for your dirty tricks before tomorrow and I am sure you will do all you can to cause this and Obama to fail
    you people should be ashamed of yourselves – every last one of you

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. disgusted

    When will the Republicans listen to the American people? Get to work. You don't speak for the American people. The voters in Massachusetts don't speak for the American people. No one is listening. Get to work for all of us.

    February 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What Michael Steele and the GOP are really saying is listen to them. The GOP didn't listen to the people for 8 years under Bush and voted YES 100% of the time with Bush without ever listening to the people. I refuse to listen to the same people who left this mess behind, they had their chance and did nothing but voted 100% with Bush.

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. jacster

    The Republicans have had ample opportunity to partake in the healthcare legislative process but instead have chosen to hinder or obstruct any forward movement at all junctures in the process. So now they want to start over so they can do what? Sit by the sidelines once again and criticize everything and say NO without offering up any viable alternatives of their own? It appears that it’s more important to them to bring down President Obama and the Democrats so they can regain the White House and Congress. Unfortunately, their obstructionism flies in the face of the millions of Americans who either can't get or can’t afford health insurance and therefore must go without it.

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Preston kk

    Pkm if you are not rich the gop does not care if you die if your mt a republ

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. judy

    Where were all the genius republicans the last ten years??

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. notfooledbydistractions

    There's no point in starting over – the republicans aren't interested in reforming our health care system – they never have. If they were they would have taken up the issue sometime over the last 40 years, but you never hear anything about health care until the democrats bring it to the forefront. The republicans are looking out for their benefactors – the insurance industry. They've screwed us long enough. The republicans were invited to the discussions and chose either not to participate or did not negotiate in good faith. It's time to press on without them.

    February 24, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. fleecingOFamerica

    I find it hysterical how I person with so much promise could fall so hard so fast. This CROOK will not listen to the American people he does not care about them all he care's about is the same power , money and control all our politicians care about. My advice to America get over it and stop wasting your time and effort attacking your fellow Americans for a political class that could careless about you or what u want. Your country is FOR SALE and our politicians are the seller's. This country is DOOMED and we can all thank D & R for the crumbling of our country.

    February 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Joel Miller

    Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans support every major provision of this legislation. This fact plus the fact that the Democrats are the majority party because the American people want it that way, should be enough to get the Republicans to stop the false claims and let badly needed health care legislation to get through.

    February 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. chris l

    OBOZO and the rest of the anti American Radical Liberals in Congress (aka The American Al Queda) have nothing but contempt for The American People. This is why come November they will all be theown back into the gutter they came from. As for OBOZO, definite one and done (unless of course impeachment or revolution gets him out first)

    February 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. jp,michigan

    Obam who states he is a constiutional leacturer, has forgotten, "FOR THE PEOPLE< BY THE PEOPLE'. We are the emplouer of the white house and members on the Hill. Whom we have put there, we can excerise our right to take away via the voting booth. Obam already is in campaign mode, hoping for the same results. Well so far, the majority of American people who put him in office, whould not do it again!

    February 24, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Marie

    The RNC need to listen to people and stop lying to the public. We are not the ones you care about because if you did we would have health care bill for everyone before now. Your goal is to make the president look back by keep voting NO on things that WE THE PEOPLE NEED. I have worked for years and I have had insurance on my jobs, but guess what every year you get a raise, guess what goes up. That it the medical insurance.

    That is one of the reason a lot of people do not have insurance because they can never get ahead for insurance keeps going up and up. Most people who are on fixed income whether they are working or on disability cannot keep affording to pay outrages prices for medication or to see a doctor.

    There are a lot of people who are not on medicaid or any government services, do not received any health care until it is too late or they have lost their jobs. Even people who have insurance on their jobs are afraid to use it because of the fear of getting kick off if they have any medical problems to arise. Most of them would rather die then to get help. I know a lot of working people who should not be working but are working because they have to pay the high price for insurance and medications.

    You do not need to start over, pass this bill and continue to work to improve it as time go by. Stop lying to the PUBLIC because we are not the ones you are thinking about.

    February 24, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Bob

    Can the RNC please change, "Listen to the American people" to "Listen to ill-informed people who can cite no concrete details on why they actually disagree with Obama's healthcare package, aside from the fact that they dont like the government"?

    Thank you – that would be much more accurate.

    February 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Recreator

    I want to know who said they want "to scrap their "job-killing health care bill" and start over. I was never surveyed. How can you make an all encompassing statement with a survey of less than 1500 people. I just turned 62 and was laid off by the Department of Defense. Two months ago I was notified that my insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield) raised my premium 10%. On top of that I just saw where my co-pay went up from $20 to $30.

    Something must be done with this health system.

    "WAKE UP AMERICA", DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE LIES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, OUR HEALTH SYSTEM IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. IT IS NOT JOB KILLING. WE HAVE BEEN OVER FEEDING THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY FOR TOO LONG. WE NEED CHANGES "NOW" NOT IN THE "UNFORESEABLE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLICANS.

    February 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. GOP = "I hoe he fails"

    The reTHUGS have had a pretty good year politically. And they did so with practice of obstruct, stall and delay. This is nothing more than a continuation of that practice.

    We have now spent an entire year, an entire 12-month period, doing little else than working on healthcare. During that time all the Thugs have done is lie (death panels) and obstructed (the gang of 6). And it has benefited them politically. And now they hope to repeat the whole proceess all over again.

    If you start from scratch, you have to go through the process of writing a whole new bill. You have to go through the committe process all over again. You have to begin the reconsilation process all over again, and etc etc etc. That makes no since. Any thing you want to strike from the bill, can be striken. Anything you want to add to this bill can be added. All the Thugs are trying to do is go through the whole political process all over again so they can continue to lie and obstruct.

    February 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. rice, bryan

    both sides need to listen. all they are worried about is getting re-elected. one side is fighting for those who can not stand a black guy being president. the other wants to do what is right, but isn't quite sure how to get it done.

    February 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. a health economist

    The Republicans want to trust the free-market too much. There are too many market failures in the health care system to blindly follow the free-market. While some of the Republican's ideas have merrit, I would NEVER trust their plan completely.

    February 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Mr. Moderate

    Funny how when their guy was in charge, not listening to polls meant that Bush was a man who stuck to his convictions. Previously, they raked Clinton over the coals for allegedly being too beholden to polls. Why the different standard for THIS president?

    Why start over? Why can't they just change what is already out there?

    This is just a superficial stalling tactic in hopes that they can delay any action until after the midterm elections, taking the chance that they will take over at least one chamber and can kill it off for their big health care corporate masters.

    February 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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