March 15th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
11 years ago takes turn on health care reform

Washington (CNN) – An influential liberal advocacy group shifted gears and is getting behind President Obama's push for health care reform even though its membership believes it doesn't go far enough. is spending "six figures" on television commercials to run on national cable and called on its membership to back primary challengers to Democrats who vote against health care reform legislation.

For the past year, advocated that a public option be included in the overhaul health care reform. But the leadership of the member driven organization took a poll of its membership last week to see if it wanted to support the president's push. And 83 percent of them did.

"Our members still totally believe that the public option is the best way to lower costs and make health care affordable," said Ilyse Hogue, spokeswoman for "And at the same time they overwhelmingly believe that the president's plan is the best way to keep health care reform moving forward and this is a necessary step."

The TV ad contains images of prominent historical figures including an image of the founding fathers, President Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Franklin Roosevelt and President Lyndon Johnson.

"Throughout history, America has been blessed with heroic leaders - individuals who helped us to navigate between right and wrong," the announcer says in the ad.
Citing rising health care costs and the needs of the uninsured in the country, the ad continues "We need historic action. We need our leaders to fight for what's right."

The ad implores viewers to call their representatives in Congress and asks them "Which side of history will you be on?"

As for supporting primary challengers, representatives noted that every vote is needed in the House to ensure health care reform passes.

"With the big vote happening as early as this Friday, Conservative Democrats need to know the stakes if they choose to side with Big Insurance over the voters on health care reform," said in the e-mail.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. stev french

    If we can spend 3 trillion dollars on two Wars in someone elses country and lose 5000 service men and woman. Why can't we spend a trillion dollars to assist the citizens of the U.S.

    March 16, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Texas Jack

    It is time for them to wake up. The OBama supporters need to wake up and understand that this particular health program is not fit to be passed. There is still alot of work to be done. This is not an Republican talking this is a used to be Democrat but they have lost me because of no brain Obama. Get someone who knows something of fixing health care to get this done. Call in a board of Physicians and let them work this out with political advice. Do not destroy one organization after another just to be able to pay for a failed plan. IT WILL NOT PASS NOW OR EVER.

    March 16, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |

    Good, it's about time that someone hit back against the outright Lies that the insurance companies are telling and then repeated by the GOP who are bought and paid for by the insurance companies. The GOP do not care about the American people, just the money thy get from the insurance industry. They say let's not do anything even as insurance premiums are 40%. On the top of the list in Rep. Bonner and Senator Grahm. The good people of Ohio need to vote Mr. Bonner out of office so he can take his real full time job as an insurance lobbiest.

    March 16, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Sandra South Carolina

    I am one Democrat who will work feverishly to defeat any Democrat who votes against what the President of the country wants. We worked hard for him and gave money that we could not afford for him so that he could lead by giving this country good health care and better insurance options.

    To any Democrat who stands on the abortion issue to vote against this bill, remember that the majority of the country is pro-choice and so is the law. And remember that there are so many citizens who desperately need health care that they can unseat you. We are committed to stop the "reign" of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. All of us are organized and funded to use this power to get in your district and end your career as a Democrat.

    March 16, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Bob True American

    Glad to hear, these dems who do not back the president on this reform need to be voted out of office along with their republican cronies!

    March 16, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
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