March 16th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP cuts post-health care campaign commercial

The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.

The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have cut a new television commercial that they vow to run against Democrats who vote in favor of health care reform.

The ad will run during the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament in congressional districts of Democrats who do not reject the bill, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain tells CNN.

GOP leaders unveiled the commercial Tuesday as part of its "GOP Code Red" campaign that is focused on the upcoming health care vote.

"Any Democrat who votes for a government takeover of health care will be held accountable for rubber-stamping this corrupt bill and for being part of a corrupt process to ram it down the throats of the American people," Spain said.

Releasing the commercial early gives the NRCC a twofer: It allows House Republicans to issue the threat while health care reform is being debated, and the GOP will likely receive additional coverage from local media once the ads being to run after the vote.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    All they can do is complain and whine... what a pack of losers.

    Where are the GOP ideas? Where is compromise?

    March 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Obama Victim

    looking to forward to nailing the dumbocraps in Nov.

    March 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. j

    It's one thing if they'd argue based on the facts but their just going to lie and attempt to instill fear and hate. Plus the Republicans have no alternative for fixing a broken system. I say NO to the Republicans. Let's get this done and any Democrat that votes for it is a hero.

    March 16, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Stallion

    It is not only unconstitutional and is treason. Vote every last single one of them OUT.................

    March 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Alan

    One thing that I didn't know about this bill until yesterday is; health care coverage will not begin for the unisured for FOUR years. Now all of the new taxes and fees go into effect imediately, but not the coverage.

    So i guess the little lady that Obama is talking about will not qualify for coverage for FOUR years!

    For some reason this just does not seem right. It looks like we could come up with a better plan than this. Of course this is coming from the same Congress that gives themselves a pay raise every year regardless of what the economy is doing!

    March 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. emtpJB

    Now I know why people find the Republicans so repugnant! All they have done is obstruct Obama's healthcare plan while NEVER putting forward their version FOR PUBLIC COMMENT!!! They claim to oppose Obama's plan but do nothing to make it better.

    By the you idiots who want to start over....WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH BY DOING THAT...only delay a chance at getting coverage for the Americans who need it most? But I guess that's it...the Republicans have never really cared about the "little guy", only their rich buddies!

    March 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Oh, yeah, GOP. Let's talk about government ramming things down our throats. Like the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Iraq War, the so-called Patriot Act, torture, privatization, and denial of civil rights. Where were you, then, GOP? Why, you were there doing the ramming, weren't you?

    And now where are you? Obstructing every action of this administration. Lying and distorting the facts to suit your obstructionism. Throwing up roadblocks against every appointment to ensure that executive offices would not be able to move forward. Living up to the moniker of the Party of No.

    Now, you have forced a bunch of weak-willed Democrats to water down the health care bill to the point of it being little more than a windfall for insurance companies, and you're still not satisfied. What a bunch of anti-American corporate shills you are.

    March 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Jim - PA

    More nonsensical talking points from the GOP. The Republican Party's formula is simple: fear + hate mongering = victory at all costs. Its disgusting to see them spew out these declarations even though they have shown to be nothing but divisive.

    March 16, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Thanks GOP for bringing our country together during these tough times. You not only refuse our fellow Americans access to affordable health now to divide us and continue to attack our young President and his Administration. This former moderate GOPer (my family has been Republican since 1856) will not be voting for you bunch of selfish hypricots anytime soon. You all spent a TRILLION dollars in IRAQ ...but refuse to spend anything for Americans who need OUR help to enure health care to their families. I will reluctantly continue to vote for the Democrats and donate all I can to the defeat of the curremt GOP Washington hypocrites. Total distaste for these shinanigans!!!!

    March 16, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. historian

    Frantic, desparate politicians do desparate things – wonder how this will play out when educated people vote this fall? This ad is simply vicious and evil.

    March 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Russ

    Wow, I have never seen a party run so scared. Republicants are so afraid of losing their support from the health care industry. What will they do without it? Sell their shares of stock in Humana, United Healthcare and all the drug companies ripping us off. Poor, Poor Repbublicans. They'll have to find another way to get rich without working for it. What part of health care is driving this country into bankruptcy don't they understand? Oh, that's right they have free government health care so screw the rest of us along with the dumb sheep conservatives that believe all their scare tactics. They laugh at you all the way to the bank.

    March 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Helen

    The republicans didn't even try to come up with a viable bill to help the people who cannot get health care. There are some good and bad things in the bill but it is a start.

    March 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. the southern progressive named greg

    as someone who had a health insurance salesman that he cannot buy private insurance becuase he has a deal-breaking pre-existing condition, i would like to say all that oppose health care reform.. go to hell.

    March 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    So instead of trying to help American this is what the reThuglican do with the people money that they send them. I am so proud that I am not a reThuglican and that I love America and my fellow citizen.

    God, made all creature big and small, we are to work together on this planet and live as one.

    If the reThuglican don't want health care reform than I say let them all opt out and take care of themselves, that includes the reThuglican politican. Let the American who need this and the 47,000 who die every day because they don't have health care, and keep leting the hospital ememgency room become the doctor office. Pretty soon it will be to expensive to go to the doctor and then we will all die.

    March 16, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Oh my their at it again fear mongering! oh and i just love the ram it down your throat part like they did with the Iraq war,The Bush tax, cuts,The Wall St bailout. oh Republicans people are FED UP WITH YOU!

    March 16, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. the southern progressive named greg

    as someone who had a health insurance salesmen tell him that he cannot buy private health insurance because he has a deal-breaking pre-existing condition and that they would just throw my application away, i would like to say to all that oppose health care reform.. go to hell

    we need it and we need it now.

    March 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Sean

    "Ram it down the throats" eh? Oh the hyperbole.

    I'm well employed and feel that government -run health care is the only way to keep costs sane and ensure that ALL Americans get a basic level of coverage.

    This new bill isn't the best, but it is a place to start.

    IMO, if health reform doesn't pass, I'm unaffected but knowing many 'conservatives' who make less than $50k/year who will be burned by the increasing costs of health care without reform makes me smile.

    Lay in your bed conservative America. Enjoy watching your taxes increase to cover the hospital bills of those who won't or can't buy insurance.

    March 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    Well, well, well . . . .looks like the Party of Fear-Mongers has hit a new low. Just when you think they can't go any lower they do! "Corruption" ??? . . . . thy name is REPUBLICAN!

    March 16, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Free america

    Kickbacks to states? I guess the other states will have to pick up their cost.
    Unfunded mandates on the other states that can't afford so why does illinios have to pay for Neb. Lou. Fla. So Illinios will raise the price on the cost of state health programs in the form of taxes.
    This bill has no regulation on how much insurance companies can charge you.

    The only people that in the long run come out ahead on this bill.


    March 16, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    Like this is not expecred of the most corrupt and fear mongering party in the US political history. Instead of dealing with facts and using dialogue to move things forward the Repugliban return to the only thing they know, lies, half truths and fear mongering to force thier views forward against anyone who does not agree with them. If just once this party used intelligent and intelectual means to try and convince Americans they were right I think we would all pass out in complete surprise. Of course when you are the party of the illiterate and hate mongering groups in the country what other means are you going to use? You know no different and practice what you are, uncivilized lies, fearmongering and hatred. Nothing ever seems to change with this party, one wonders if it ever will.

    March 16, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Craig

    I get so sick of all of the political bashing that both sides do. We need health care reform. It is a huge mess. There are people suffering and it has become all about winning instead of helping those who need help. Insurance companies just keep raising rates with no relief in site.

    March 16, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. joe averagae

    The dems that vote for this bill will be VOTED OUT when their term ends.

    March 16, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. gt

    america is sick of this health care pysco merry go round..enough ! start over do it correct....

    March 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Trouble4you

    Thank God that President Obama was elected because it is clear as to who will get to heaven and probably those that want.

    Those tea people I guess will probably be among those that will kill Moses and Elijah when they return back.

    March 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. BeverlyNC

    Any Republican who continues to tell lies and obstruct healthcare all Americans need will not be back in Washington. Republican hate speech, lies, fear-mongering, racism, and in the gutter politics has backfired on them.

    Americans are sick of their dishonest and disgusting tactics. We want honest leadership who works for the People. That is the Democrats. They have worked HARD all year to pass legislation to benefit working families.

    Republican have done NOTHING – except stand up for abusive and greed-based banks, insurance companies, and large corporations, They care NOTHING ABOUT THE PEOPLE and have proved it with their do-nothingness and obstructionism all year. They are not in Washington to serve you and I. They are there for themselves and their elitist friends.

    It's time to rid Congress of these traitors to the People. They cannot be trusted and are clueless on what issues are important to all of us.
    Let's use our NO votes to rid Congress of these do-nothing Republicans who want us to fail!

    March 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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