Republicans under attack for attempting to repeal health care
January 18th, 2011
09:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Republicans under attack for attempting to repeal health care

Washington (CNN) - The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change released a new ad on Tuesday calling out those members of Congress who are attempting to repeal the health care bill.

The ad, which will run on the major cable news outlets, warns viewers that while "the Affordable Care Act gave your family the same health protections members of Congress get . . . Republicans want to take that protection away from your family".

Watch the full video HERE.

This commercial arrives in the wake of a symbolic effort by some Republicans to repeal health care legislation. Publicly recording their dissent of the Affordable Care Act would satisfy a campaign promise made by many in the GOP, since Republicans do not have the votes needed in the Senate to actually repeal the bill nor the support of President Obama who would ultimately veto any repeal attempt.

Americans United for Change Executive Director Tom McMahon told CNN in a statement that "a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a vote to deny American families the same kind of health protections members of Congress enjoy and would still enjoy if the misguided Republican effort is successful. We hope that before members considering voting for a full scale reform of health care reform, they simply themselves: 'Am I doing more harm, than good?'"

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Mike in NC

    This Tom Mc Mahon guy must have his head firmly up him butt. If the health care bill DID extend the same benefits as the "preferred" package we offer our legislative leaders, than why did they excuse themselves from this crappy plan? The fact is, this bundle of bull needs to be thrown out and start from scratch with market approach solutions.

    January 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. DandyStryker

    You just gotta love the Republicans - always looking out for billionaires and millionaires. Remember how they fought for tax breaks for their Wall Street buddies? Now they're going to help their friends in the insurance business. Too bad they don’t care about Americans as much as they care about their corporate sponsors.

    And after they’re through screwing us on health care, they’re going to steal our Social Security by taking it “private” and giving it to their buddies on Wall Street.

    January 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. John

    Liars and the lies they tell. The same benefits that congress gets? Hell no. What a bunch of lies. How can CNN publish such garbage unless of course they support it.

    January 18, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. wiredweirdoinSF

    Let me get this straight, a liberal left wing nut organization is lambasting Republicans for doing what the American people want? The democrat liberal Senate Majority leader will not let the bill come to the floor of the Senate for debate? Gee, I wonder what that sounds like. Let's see what do dictators and dictatorships do? Thwart the will of the people and tax them to death. Sounds about right doesn't it?

    January 18, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. AEK

    The Senate will not pass this legislation. President Obama will veto it on the odd chance it does get passed. So what we have here is the Republicans wasting the Congress' time pandering to their base. Now, in the Democratic-controlled Congress they were roundly criticized by the GOP for attempting the same thing with the "public option". Republicans being hypocrites, no way, really!

    January 18, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Steve

    And yet, in the funny-only-because-its-true dept, the healthcare bill still doesnt even begin to approach what our political figures get when it comes to healthcare.

    January 18, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Publicly recording their dissent of the Affordable Care Act would satisfy a campaign promise made by many in the GOP"

    Just shows how much business savy they really have. They already recorded their dissent when they voted against it and lost. Their current wang waving is redundant. As everyone with a brain in their heads knows, when you want to increase the efficiency and efficacy of your company and how you do business (or, really, anything in life), one of the main ways to do so is to eliminate redundancy. Republicans are redundant...follow that to its conclusion.

    January 18, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Me

    "...Republicans want to take that protection away from your family".

    This is not a true statement. The Republicans couldn't care less about you or your family. It's actually quite amusing that you would think that they care. Make no mistake, this is about defeating President Obama. If they could, they would impeach him.

    January 18, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. ohio voter

    very unfortunate the they are considering taking this away. We can send anyone to a war but we can't-or
    won't–or refuse to-take care of the basic needs of our citizens. I find that a really sad mentality.

    January 18, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. GI Joe

    The repubs have spent so much on a Huck ad that they could have paid for insurance for everyone already.

    They just hate people. No other explanation.

    January 18, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. BLM

    Standard Socialist rhetoric from a left wing extremist group. No much for toned down rhetoric.

    January 18, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Fairen Balanced

    The conservative Republicans were once respected. Now they are obviously just doing whatever it will take to discredit President Obama even if it means putting pain and suffering on millions of Americans to satisfy the rich. It is simply discusting.

    January 18, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. rob

    Here we go, the level of attacks will become a huge symphony of hyperbol from liberal groups and Dems and their friends in the major liberal media. After this symbolic vote, the Republicans will start introducing incremental and responsible alternatives to Obama care. With the help of reasonable Democrats, and unreasonable ones who are up for re election in 2012, they will strike down the worst parts of this horrible bill while beginning to reduce Government spending and growth to sustainable levels. All this while their critics will use all kinds of "HATEFULL, VITRIOLIC AND DANGEROUS RHETORIC".

    January 18, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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