March 16th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
13 years ago

Health care proponents launch massive ad campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Health Care for America Now is launching a $1.4 million ad campaign Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - Proponents of health care reform Tuesday are launching a sizable television ad campaign in an effort to sway undecided House Democrats to get them to vote in favor of the legislation.

The $1.4 million ad buy was placed by Health Care for America Now (HCAN) in conjunction with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Catholics United.

"We're on the cusp of making history, and now is the time members of Congress must stand strong and side with us, not the insurance companies," HCAN's National Campaign Manager Richard Kirsch said in a statement. "The health insurance companies have unleashed their armies of lobbyists on Washington and have sunk millions into TV ads designed to derail reform, but Congress can and should ignore the corporate fear mongering and side with the American public."

HCAN represents more than 1,000 smaller organizations nationwide in favor of Democratic health care reform proposals and both the SEIU and AFSCME have long supported health care reform.

The ads will target 17 Democrats who have not publicly announced how they will vote and will run Tuesday through Friday– expected to be the final days of debate on the legislation.

Filed under: Health care • House Democrats
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio


    America does not want this plan.....and the CRIMINAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL methods being employed by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are abhorrent.

    March 16, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Sniffit

    You think it's high now? Wait until we have to pay (those if us that do pay) for everyone to have 'insurance'. It will be a fleecing like never before. At least those photographers, painters, artists, etc. will be able to quit their day jobs when they get insurance and pursue their 'interests' full time. Don't forget to thank ME for supporting you. OH, and thanks for the taxes starting NOW and your benefits come in FOUR years from now. I think my head is about to explode......

    March 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Adalbert

    We must control the money hungry healt insurance cartel.

    March 16, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Unions, of course, are at the forefront of stealing taxpayer money, always have been and Obama is their dream candidate, crooked, corrupt and totally insensitive to taxpayers. And on top of this unions have cut themselves a deal with this corrupt president and congress to be exempted from the additonal taxes the rest of us will have to pay. Of course they are for it. I do believe that if a 2% profit for the insurance companies is "too much" and causing such rage by the bumbler in chief, he should apply the same criteria to the corrupt, thieving unions.

    March 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Ron in California

    Sorry to say it but these guys are idiots. While Health insurers are certainly contributors to the healthcare crisis, they are really just part of the problem. Let me list the rest of the gang.
    FDA-adds tremendous costs by over regulating
    Pharmacueticals-Gouging the public big time-gets a pass from Obama
    Medical equipment manufatcurers-Gouging the public big time-gets a pass from Obama
    Hospitals-Gouging the public big time-gets a pass from Obama
    Obama is on the wrong track with healhcare.

    March 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Mark

    Not surprising the unions are in favor of this bill, they are exempt from taxes the rest of us will have to pay. I hope the next president doesn't allow union leaders into the White House.

    March 16, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    I still don't understand why insurance companies are against this. Isn't the government going to require all Americans to have insurance? Sounds like a market boost to me.

    It's a lousy bill; unfortunately with 40 Repugs voting lockstep against anything President Obama wants ("This will be his Waterloo!!"), the Dems have to compromise with the lowest, greediest, and most narrow minded members of their own party to accomplish any of their goals.

    March 16, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Mark L.

    What the heck is the problem? House Dem.'s – PASS THE BILL ALREADY and then we can look at modifications later, hopefully, to include a public option. I do NOT understand what the hold-up is. I'm beginning to wish Michael Moore would consider running for a seat either in the House or Senate. This cannot drag out any longer. What are the House / Senate Dem.'s waiting on? The Midterm elections maybe? That's LUDICROUS !!

    March 16, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Progressive propaganda. They fail to show where all the insurance money goes.

    March 16, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. not_a_dem_anymore

    "side with the americna public"?! SO that means they are NOT going to passs the bill...ALL polls show the majority against this i'm confused on how they are siding with the american people

    March 16, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |

    Call out the democrats holding up the process. We'll make sure they get primaried.

    March 16, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Jeff

    Have the Democrats NOT launched a massive ad campaign? What do you expect people to do, just sit there and let themselves be slandered?

    March 16, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Jay

    Way to go! Defeat the corporations and their bought-off party, the Republicans.

    Keep going.

    March 16, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. bob

    There is no "reform" in this bill... where is malpractice reform? now where and that drives up costs significantly. The bottom line is people are living longer and doctors ( along with families) continue to try and save even the most terminal patient because of the danger of being sued. Should an 87 year old with cancer be put on a ventilator or dialysis? If you look at it from a pure business standpoint, never. Yet it happens every day in every hospital in this country and it will continue to drives costs through the roof. I am sorry but a sensible use of our resources ( which may mean that 87 year old is allowed to die a peaceful death without mechanical intervention) is the only way to control costs. Yet, that is nowhere in this bill. it is really just a way to give coverage ( and three or four years down the road not now by the way) to those not currently under an insurance plan. Costs will explode in the coming years and we will be bankrupt. No question.

    March 16, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. j

    Good. Someone needs to tell the other side. Maybe somewhere in there a few of the real facts will be made clear to Americans so they'll have a better understanding of what health reform is going to provide for them.

    March 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    This is the 2010 version of Civil Rights. Not all opponents have noble & philosophical reasons behind their visceral opposition. Some, especially Southerners, can't accept that Barrack Obama was elected President of the United States by the PEOPLE. I'm from the South–I KNOW !!

    March 16, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    Still selling that free lunch.

    How do you take 1/2 trillion dollars out of Medicare and not pull the plug on someone's grandmother?

    The really big profits aren't in insurance – they're in pharmaceuticals.

    There is nothing in this scam for you – unless you hate your grandmother.

    March 16, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Bob in Pa.

    Yeah and if these idiots have there way, not only will you have to pay your owb premium, but the guys down the street as well.

    March 16, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Andy

    Looks like the UNIONS vs INSURANCE to me,guess what the American people want does not matter. Whoever has the most money now wins.

    March 16, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Doug,lib jersey

    With the way almost every Democrat in America has a total disregard for the lives of the other Americans around them, they should be the last people to mess with healthcare.

    If you eliminated liberalism from the hearts of the liberals in America we would have no healthcare crisis. No friviolous lawsuits by taker libs and their John Edwards type scum lawyers, no using the system to get out of work with free money ETC, and the biggest one, 99% of all violent crimes and auto accidents would not even happen.

    The nerve of libs to talk about this without owning up to the true facts that show they are the problem. Not all libs are criminals, but 99% of criminals in America are liberals, just the facts.

    March 16, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. pj

    Forget what the GOP is saying about the health care bill. Forget what the Tea Party is saying. Forget about the fact the the majority of Americans are against it. Just look at the bribery, wheeling and dealing, back room meetings, arm twisting, and political chicanery it is taking for Pelosi, Reid, and Obama to get the magic number of votes to pass this mess. Then consider that they need their lap dog unions to try and buy it for them. Actually, I'm not sure who is the lap dog anymore. Maybe our legislative and executive branch are the lapdogs and the unions are the masters. Either way, the relationship is destroying America.

    Are they so desperate to pass this just to show that they could do it? Is this the arrogance that our legislative process has degenerated to?

    It's just sad that we, as a country, have come to this.

    March 16, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    AMAZING....there's no money for Health Care reform.....but there's PLENTY of money to defeat it ??? Just think of how many folks could get health care coverage if the Special Interest money were spent for "that" as opposed to stopping the passage ??? Sure glad that this sort of nonsense weren't around during the formation of this great nation. The Brisish Special Intersts Groups would have out spent the Revolutionaries and we would be bowing to the Queen as opposed to complaining about making sure that our American family had access to health care for their families.

    March 16, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. walleye

    After Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans, on Sept 11, we went to war and spent hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring that this would not happen again. Yet every two months, that many people die because of our failure to provide universal insurance — and yet many members of the GOP want us to do nothing?

    It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
    Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.
    In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.
    In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee 10-10. The tie meant that the measure failed.
    All ten no votes were Republicans, including Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), a member of the "Gang of Six" on the Finance Committee.

    March 16, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |