Conservative women's group takes out massive ad buy against Obama
June 20th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
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Conservative women's group takes out massive ad buy against Obama

(CNN) - A conservative women's advocacy group on Wednesday announced a major ad buy aimed against President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.

Concerned Women for America said it's dropping a whopping $6 million on a commercial that will begin airing Wednesday nationwide on cable and in six key swing states.

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The 60-second ad features a family practitioner, Dr. Ami Siems, expressing concern about the health care measure, which was passed in 2010 with Democratic support but now awaits a decision on its constitutionality by the Supreme Court.

"Everyone agreed we needed reforms - but this new health care law - it just isn't fixing things," Siems says in the ad, adding that the law will pile billions onto the federal deficit and increase government regulation.

"I don't want anything to come between my patients and me - especially Washington bureaucrats," she says.

The ad buy comes one week after the group announced a get-out-the-vote initiative that targets women in certain battleground states.

"Our members are highly energized on the aspects of the President's health care law; we are making a significant financial investment on this issue because we mean business," said the group's president, Penny Nance, in a statement.

The six states in the ad buy include Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wisconsin-three states that lean toward Obama, according to CNN's Electoral Map. The ad will also run in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Virginia, all of which fall under the "toss-up" category, according to CNN analysis.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Reggie from LA

    Concerned Women? Hardly? They are Republican shills, thrown together to bandage up the damage cause by the GOP/TP war on women. They seem more concerned about dragging dummies down to their level so they can secure votes against the current administration than anything else. They are no more than and organized clutch of Stepford Wives. I would imagine that most of them are wealthy enough that they can take or leave affordable healthcare.

    June 20, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. v_mag

    If there are, in fact, any "concerned women" in CWA, they will either be rich white women with lots of health care coverage and husbands in the insurance industry, or incredibly dumb, racist women addicted to Faux Noise. No intelligent or poor women need apply.

    June 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    Wow....this has got to be one of the most self-loathing group of women I've ever encountered.

    June 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. nathanjnew

    oh you stupid americans... as a former american who moved to holland, who basically has obama care (mandatory requirement to purchase health insurance), i cannot for the life of me understand why people are fighting this... when i lost my job last year, the COBRA was $550 a month, for one person with a $3000 deductible... since moving to holland both my partner and i together pay 248 euros, which is around 300 a month, with a 280 euro deductible.... everything beyond 280 euros to infinity is covered... so can anyone explain to me why health insurance is almost 4 times more expensive in the USA?

    June 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women of America, also opposed the renewal of Violence Against Women Act, citing “This nice-sounding bill is deceitful because it destroys the family by obscuring real violence in order to promote the feminist agenda.” Further saying, the bill "often encourages the demise of the family as a means to eliminate violence."

    In other words, Nance believes that women should stay in abusive relationships, no matter how horrible and damaging they may be, because to leave would promote the "feminist agenda" and encourage the "demise of the family."

    Sounds to me like Nance and her group are NOT about promoting the welfare of women, no matter how hard they try to convince us otherwise.

    June 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    BTW. Where'd they come up with that 6M? How many "women's organizations" have that kind of money to throw around? Annual dues? What a dog and pony show this is. If they were really "concerned women" they'd give that money to women and children who have poverty standing between them and their doctors. Folks. Please don't tell me that there are those of you who believe in this snake oil show.

    June 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    The fact is In the name of conservative women group some one else buying these ads

    June 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. roro

    Any woman who votes for a Republican is voting against her own best interests. Why would you vote for people who are waging a war on you?

    June 20, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    These "conservative" women are selling the rest of short. Wake up you conservatives-you are selling the rest of us out for what we have long fought for........

    June 20, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Brian

    I like how conservatives play the "Everyone agreed we needed reforms" bit, when the fact of the matter is no, conservatives didn't believe reforms were needed. The only option they were advocating was to duck our heads in the sand and pretend the problem doesn't exist because hey – the free market will solve all of our ills someday maybe.

    June 20, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. LolDems

    all these lefylibdem responders with their knickers in a twist because all women don't share your liberal delusions about BO and his power grubbing agenda. BO care is the snake oil sold to you by a snake oil salesman. Hiding actual costs, funding through HHS, unconstitutional mandate, compromises and promises to insurance companies to make this crap piece of legislation work. And it's the Amateur's signature legislation – that ought to tell even the biggest leftylibdem ostriches something. But probably not.

    June 20, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. DocInCa.

    Who are these "Concerned Women for America" lets do an internet search a see.
    Founded by Beverly LaHaye, wife of Religious Right activist Tim LaHaye. Well there you have it floks .
    Bible thumpers telling women what to do again.

    June 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. 1twinsfan

    Ann Romeny has MS but she doesn't have to worry about affording her medications. I want all those diagnosed with MS to not worry about paying for their meds which run around $1900 a month for a 30 day supply of shots.

    June 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    What! Everybody dosen't buy into the Big Liberal Soviet Central Planning Lie! Wow, people thinking for themselves! It can't be !! Didn't you hear Obama say he was the one we were waiting for. Get in line and eat your Peas.

    June 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. tee27

    Reggie from LA you said it all

    June 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. K

    Thank you thinkforyourself. Also, with all my fabulous Blue Cross Un health insurance. I can only afford to go to my local clinic for care. I have an appointment today. Thank god for those doctor and nurses that volunteer there time!. This rich country is so lacking of heart right now. Please get out and do all you can for Pres. Obama re election!
    Also thank you PADoc1 for looking into the organization behind the ad*

    June 20, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Jules

    Why don't they spend some time fighting the GOP in Michigan who silenced two women congressional members and won't let them speak on the floor, one because they didn't like that she used the word vagina. That's the anatomically correct term. God knows that part of women's anatomy has been called a lot of things by a lot of men. Maybe they were unfamiliar with the term she used.

    June 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "I don't want anything to come between my patients and me – especially Washington bureaucrats," she says.
    She would rather have private sector bureaucrats deciding that their profits are more important than her health.

    June 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. CBR

    This ad is not very truthful. Actually, much has improved. The use of computer technology has made communicating with physicians easier. As for increases in eh cost of insurance, well those costs have increased continuously for the last 12015 years, Those working for towns have seen changes as the towns look for ways to cut health care costs. They have changed companies and people are changing medical groups, etc.

    June 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. JohnW

    "I don't want anything to come between my patients and me – especially Washington bureaucrats." Yeah, because having the insurance company, whose primary objective is profitability, between you and your patients is so much better. It's sad that people actually fall for this.

    June 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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