Health care ads come out swinging
January 19th, 2011
09:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Health care ads come out swinging

(CNN) - Shortly after the House voted to repeal the Obama administration's signature health care legislation, an independent group released ads aimed at three potentially vulnerable freshmen Republicans who voted for the bill.

Starting Thursday, Public Campaign Action Fund, a liberal-leaning non-profit, will run 30-second TV ads in the districts of Ohio's Jim Renacci, New Jersey's Jon Runyan and Michigan's Tim Walberg.

The ads say the congressmen voted to "deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions, kick your kids off your plan and jack up premiums. Is this the change we voted for?"

David Donnelly, national campaign director for Public Campaign Action Fund, said they will run on cable channels for one week.

"These three members of Congress sided with the insurance companies and their donors, and against their constituents," Donnelly said in a statement.

The bill, officially named the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" by the Republican House majority, passed the House 245-189 Wednesday, but a similar bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate or escape a presidential veto if it should.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Root and stem

    The left doesn't need to spend a dime on adds. It has CNN, NPR, and MSNBC doing all othe work for them.

    January 19, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Anyway

    Hit back at all the lies spread by the Republicans. Tell them they can't give insurance companies the right again to cherry pick the healthier people of society to pad their profits. Tell them they can't deny kids dying of horrible diseases. Place some morality back on this terrible planet.

    January 19, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    yep repeal that "job killing healthcare bill LOCK, STOCK and BARRELL as one GOP Congressman so proudly said. So I guess all that talk about civilty and less violent gun rhetoric from our Republican friends is gone.

    January 19, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. trex

    big business up against "WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STAES", big business wins with gop control, EVERY TIME.

    January 19, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Steve in Denver

    It seems as though the Democrats have finally found a spine. If the Democrats had exhibited the fortitude and accomplishment from 2009 – November 2010, we wouldn't have lost the house.

    January 19, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Freedom

    Go GOP! Don't listen to this silly Liberal organization! Keep supporting your constituents and repeal Obamacare!

    January 19, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. MAC

    Vote to Repeal Obamacare. We need to start all over on this bad legislature. The process was bad and what was put in the Bill like the mandate has a goal to push the liberal goal of a one payer system!

    January 20, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    I am sick of paying congress persons to play political games rather than concentrating on the economy and Jobs and how to balance the budget/reduce the deficit.
    The CBO says repeal of health care costs 230 bn more to the deficit and QED debt.
    The people/ voters are not interested in ineffective poltics and polls. Still say 68 % of voters are unhappy with both houses behaviour and results.
    The economy/jobs improvement and getting voters to see our elected reps having a more than 50% favourable rating
    are the only things worth voting on or doing.
    PS seems that changing the name to "Job crushing" rather than "Job killing" was pure theater and another actual lie! Unless of course CNN is reporting incorrectly, if so apologise to all of us!!

    January 20, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. megan

    I"m glad that somebody is calling these thugs out.

    January 20, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. Chedar

    Beautifully said and done. i hope thos newly elected congressmen get ousted in the next election.

    January 20, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    60% of the population of this country want Obamacare repealed. It's bloody stupid of the Dems to start the 2012 campaign by highlighting the very issue that got them clobbered last November.

    January 20, 2011 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  12. Dawn

    Republicans, did your Congressman tell you the only jobs that it will kill are the jobs that people can finally leave because they no longer need to stay at said job because their kids pre existing condition will now be covered by a new job they choose to go to. Sure the bill may kill that dead end job, where there is no room for advancement or raises, but that is about the only jobs it is going to kill. Folks wake up. Fair Health Care is not going to kill anyone, but the insurance companies, who now have to spend 80% of your premium on your care and not profits for their share holders or million dollar bonuses for their CEO's. And actually it won't even kill the insurance may make them sad, because they can't continue to bilk the American Public, but it won't kill them. Did you know that the same insurance companies that continue to raise your rates year after year after year also have policies of other people in other countries and their rates are 1/2 of what you are paying? Do you know why? Because you have been scared into thinking what they want you to think by Republicans who have been doing their bidding for the past 50 years. WAKE UP America!!! This is not a socialist plot, this is your Government actually looking out for people who need it!! Seriously why would someone tell you to fear the Government, the same Government they are a part of? Because there is something bigger behind it and guess what that something bigger is................MONEY $$$$

    January 20, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How quickly can they be reviewed for factual errors and humor level? I'd like to hear about that.

    January 20, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  14. sara

    Vilified the Bill to get elected....poor fools voted against their own best interest.

    January 20, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. Honestly

    Republicans believe that all legislation should be ironically named. Seriously folks, they called it the Job Bleeping Insurance Law Act. Yes, it is a "law act". You have to be able to write better than this to get a GED.

    And then there is the fact that Republican lawmakers felt the repeal of last year's health bill should bypass pay-for-it rules. Did the Republicans subject the repeal of the Health care law to the independent analysis of the CBO? Did they have a balanced set of medical economists testify before committee regarding the effect of repealing last year's law? Did they have committee hearings of any kind? No. No. And No.

    Republican lawmakers didn't subject the repeal of last year's law to CBO analysis because they feel entitled to their own facts, not just their own opinions. They didn't want committee hearings because the information that might get out might not be what they want you to hear. Sorta like Castro's version of Democracy.

    January 20, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. (See Newton.)
    Maybe, for products of today's computer-literate educational system, "what goes around comes around."
    It'll all sort itself out. (See 2012.)

    January 20, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. a in austin

    They voted to keep their own government run insurance but also voted to deny WE THE PEOPLE coverage...I heard one of them say it is NOT a right for everyone to have coverage! Unbelieveable.

    January 20, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. Gil

    Finally someone to offset the lies and propaganda from FOX. Isn't it sad that so many ignorant, uneducated, rich people can be influenced by watching this bias network that spews lies and made up stories like sarah pathecis "death panels" and wants to harm so many! Our health care system is not even ranked in the top 20 of the world, but FOX has said several times we have the best!

    January 20, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |