March 17th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP governors go on health care offensive

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The Republican Governors Association on Wednesday launched a new Web site to oppose health care reform legislation."]Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association inserted itself into the health care debate Wednesday, launching an on-line effort to rally opposition to the reform legislation that Congress is expected to vote on later this week.

The RGA is spending "six figures" to pay for on-line ads and has launched a Web site as closing arguments are made on President Obama's top domestic priority. GOP governors argue that the health care reform legislation advocated by President Obama and Congressional Democrats imposes an unfunded mandate upon the states. Instead, the RGA is promoting "lawsuit liability reform" as a better way to help lower health care costs. Ten Democratic governors and candidates are singled out with their own 30 second videos clips that are posted on the RGA's new Web site.

Separately, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour posted a video to his YouTube channel Tuesday in which he spent nearly four minutes criticizing the Democratic health care proposal.

"I am urging you and all of my friends to contact your representatives in Congress ask them to vote against this irresponsible legislation," said Barbour, chairman of the RGA and a potential 2012 presidential candidate. "It would only result in higher taxes in both the state and federal level increase costs for health insurance and ultimately worse quality care."

Update: In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Democratic Governors Association said, ""We would like to congratulate the RGA on their political strategy of influencing possibly dozens of already decided voters nationally. We quake in anticipation of their coming T-shirt blitz."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP should be spending money wisely by helping people finding jobs or using innovation for job development if they really cared about Americans. The GOP have offered nothing for the past 8 years but destruction and obstruction and think that's enough to regain support.

    March 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. j

    The GOP governors should just go stick it. The Republicans are one giant stick in the mud. They don't care anything about what's right for Americans. They only care about their own political ambitions, the wealthy, big corporations, and special interests. The GOP leaves most Americans out in the cold. Why does anyone with an income below 100K vote for these people?

    March 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Watchdog

    Dennis Kucinich is a lying sack of you know what.....another democrap who's promises are broken....there is a special place in hell for people like him.....and a special place in NOVEMBER!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. susie

    Democrats don't even care how much this health care is going to cost. I wonder how they would have voted if they had to take this health insurance like the rest of us.

    March 17, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. snood

    Kucinich gives in to obama strong arm. thats funny how a guy that does not agree with the health bill and doesnt agree with most of the bill now says he will vote for it after the armtwisting. wonder how many other bills that the dems really dont like they vote for. the whole batch of them are just giviing into the insurance companies and yet they claim the reps. are for the insurance compaines. thats why the dems just are going to force us all to buy insurance at the ins. comp. cost without any across boarders comparison. sad no dem will ever get my vote again spinlesss

    March 17, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. ernie p

    i am terribly dissappointed when a man of supposedly great conviction caves under poilitical pressure. when ohio dem kucinich supports a bill he said that he could not support after a personal conference with the pres., it shows that he lacks the integrity we attributed to him.

    March 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Barbara Independent in NY

    When are Americans going to understand that the GOP does not care about the Middle Class?

    March 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. a in austin

    Tort reform did NOT help the insurance premiums here in Texas. In fact, insurance for state employees are going up! With an unbalanced state budget to the tune of millions (which Perry campaigned on his budgets being balanced) I see the increasing cost of health premiums being passed on to the underpaid state employees. What a joke!

    March 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. reality check

    I hope that in spite of republican obstructionist , be they in the house, senate, or state legislatures that the health care bill gets past. No government survives that cannot provide basic services to its people. That's what the war in Afghanistan is now about security and services, and that's what the American people at home should have as well.

    The people in the top income brackets are going to have the pull their weight and pay more in taxes. It's not fair that one precent of the population controls 50% of the wealth, yet only pays 37% of the taxes. Fixing this inbalance would go a long way in fixing our problems.

    March 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Debbie from AZ

    I agree that lawsuit liability reform is needed, but that alone will not fix the strangle hold health insurance companies have on this country. Lawsuit liability reform will help doctors and their malpractice insurers, but not the people who need health insurance. If the Republicans have their way the only folks their health care plan will help are the health insurance companies, whose campaign contributions help keep these people stay in office. I do not trust the Republican party to do anything that actually helps the people in dire need in this county. We must pass health care reform, if not now, when? If the Republican party somehow takes over the Congress again, I don't think I'll see health care reform in my lifetime, and I'm 54.

    March 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Michelle

    It is truly stunning how these people can spend millions of dollars and lie to their constituents. Obviously the American people want and need this health care bill, and Republicans are terrified that it will pass and be successful. If they would spend their energy voting against massive war funding and FOR the people who elected them, they might indeed win seats back. As it stands now, though, Republicans are looking silly and petulant...with their racist signs and their ominous predictions. Does no one in Washington tell the truth?

    March 17, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Steve in Ct

    Our country is being ruined by out of control spending by our President Obama and likely will be damaged beyond repair before the 2012 elections. This would be the last nail in our coffin. Yes, we do need to address the health care issue, but to fix what we have in a way we can afford. And if this doesn't pass, and yet gets rammed through by Obama, Ried and Pilosi we move from being on the verge of becoming a socialist state directly to a dictatorship. These politicians need to be stopped to save the USA.

    March 17, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. jjh

    The Republican philosophy is do nothing and let the market dictate what happens. The American way is "I've got my own so to hell with you. " Rush Limbaugh nation, you have your way. There will be no republican plan once they succeed in killing health reform.

    Take the consequences of perpetual rate increases, recission and employers reducing coverage. Big business, you have free reign to do whatever you want. Mexico and Guatemala move over, you have company. Most of your people are here anyway so you won't notice any difference.

    We should have done better.

    March 17, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Liz

    Keep it up, rethuglicans!!! show the American people you don't give a rodent's behind about us and sooner or later even the dimmest bulb in your base will realize they're being screwed. i do hope you all run against this bill in november. it'll mean you're running against saving lives and saving money. some idiots will vote for you on that platform, but not many.

    March 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Brenda in Cherry Hill NJ

    Stop drooling and shut your pie hole.

    March 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. get real

    Just think of how many people could receive quality health care if the money spent on ads (pro and con) about health care were actually spent on people's health care.

    March 17, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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