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Democrats co-opt "Hands Off Our Health Care" slogan

By Philip Rucker
In a sign that Democrats believe public opinion is shifting in their favor following the House's passage of the health-care overhaul bill Sunday night, Democrats have co-opted the "Hands Off Our Health Care" slogan that opponents used so skillfully last year to build opposition to President Obama's health-care agenda.

The Democratic National Committee on Thursday launched a radio ad campaign targeting 10 House Republicans who voted against the health-care legislation but who represent districts that Obama carried in 2008. The 60-second ads reference the new Republican strategy to "repeal and replace" the health-care bill.

"Now leading Republicans are vowing to repeal reform -- and put the insurance industry back in charge of your health care," a narrator in each ad says. "Call Congressman [name] at [phone number] and tell him: 'Hands Off Our Health Care.'"

For much of the past year, interest groups opposing Obama's health-care plan, as well as some Republicans, used the "Hands Off Our Health Care" slogan at town halls, rallies and other events to help sow doubt about the Democratic reform plan. At many of the fiery town hall meetings last summer, protesters held signs emblazoned with the slogan.

But Democrats now believe that the political tide is shifting after the bill's passage and they believe the slogan can be used to make Republicans -- who voted against the bill in lockstep -- vulnerable in the November midterm elections.

"The change in the political landscape on this issue has been sudden and dramatic," said Brad Woodhouse, the DNC communications director. "Republicans are on the defensive and taking on water politically. So much so that some are now, after fighting this bill tooth and nail for over a year, citing provisions they like and in one case, Senator [Charles] Grassley [R-Iowa] taking credit for a provision he claims to have co-authored though he repeatedly tried to kill the bill."

The radio ads are airing in the districts of the following Republicans: Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Rep. Mike Castle (Del.), Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rep. Joseph Cao (La.), Rep. Lee Terry (Neb.), Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio), Rep. Jim Gerlach (Pa.), Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.)

The DNC is also running television ads in the districts of 25 Democrats who supported the bill. The 30-second "thank you" television ads are designed to help vulnerable Democrats seize momentum after voting to pass the health-care legislation.

By Philip Rucker  |  March 25, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Democratic Party , Health Care  
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Whether it's the bill or companies are using the bill to stick it to workers, the result is the same -- the health care bill is already starting to screw over workers (yes, the ones paying for the bill). I don't have a link to the WSJ article, but below is one to Yahoo!.

In a nutshell, Catepillar, Verizon, and other large companies are reducing benefits and/or laying off workers... and citing the bill as a reason.

http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/businesses-react-to-rising-cost-of-obamacare-they%27re-cutting-benefits-450638.html?tickers=mdt,cat,vz,xlv,ixj,^dji,^gspc&sec=topStories&pos=2&asset=&ccode=

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | March 26, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Fidel Castro said that the passing of the Obamacare scam was "a major victory" for Obama. As a fellow Maxist thug, Castro is no doubt pleased with Obama's "success" in forcing a Marxist scam like Obamacare down our throats.

Castro knows about Marxist scams. Using "help-the-poor" scams like the Obamacare scam, Castro transformed an imperfect but happy and prosperous island into a GULAG of abject misery, where the only hope for most is being able to escape.

He also infected his Marxist virus to other countries (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua...), causing tremendous suffering everywhere.

Castro has probably caused more suffering than Hitler, and he's happy Obama is spreading the virus to the U.S.

Where will our children and grandchildren be able to escape if Obama succeeds in transforming the U.S. into another Cuba?

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 25, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

SO THIS IS HOW LIBERTY DIES...WITH THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE. ( someone said this was from Star Wars, but I didn’t know that when I thought it up myself )

Wake up people – throw the bum’s out – ALL OF THEM ! ! ! How is HOPE & CHANGE working out for you ? Is it time for a dictator and chief ??

Go ahead and call me names if you disagree, you lib’s never have the facts or an original opinion. Just lies, talking points and sound bites, watch the dems quit, find some excuse to not run again or just run for the hill's before someone get's out the tar & feathers, and find's a good rail to run them out of town on ! !

Don't get violent, do it at the ballot box. If people turn to anchry then we will have a dictator, please be carefull. Keep it peaceful and respectful, it’s the only way to get this behind us. We will take alot of them out in November.

MY BODY, MY CHOICE ! SOUND FAMILIAR LIBS ?

Posted by: LawFinder | March 25, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

SO THIS IS HOW LIBERTY DIES...WITH THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE. ( someone said this was from Star Wars, but I didn’t know that when I thought it up myself )

Wake up people – throw the bum’s out – ALL OF THEM ! ! ! How is HOPE & CHANGE working out for you ? Is it time for a dictator and chief ??

Go ahead and call me names if you disagree, you lib’s never have the facts or an original opinion. Just lies, talking points and sound bites, watch the dems quit, find some excuse to not run again or just run for the hill's before someone get's out the tar & feathers, and find's a good rail to run them out of town on ! !

Don't get violent, do it at the ballot box. If people turn to anchry then we will have a dictator, please be carefull. Keep it peaceful and respectful, it’s the only way to get this behind us. We will take alot of them out in November.

MY BODY, MY CHOICE ! SOUND FAMILIAR LIBS ?

Posted by: LawFinder | March 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Did any of these passed without opposition?
- Emancipation Proclamation by Lincoln
- Women's suffrage by Wilson
- Lend/Lease by FDR
- Desegregation of the military by Truman
- Civil Rights Act by Johnson

Who would stand against those today?
Probably the G-No-P...

Posted by: RainyDayIntern | March 25, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"Repeal and Replace?"

Replace with what?

The Republicans were in charge of the White House, U.S. House and U.S. Senate between 2001 and 2007.

Why didn't they 'replace' then?

I get a bad feeling about what they mean when they say 'replace.' Would it be extras for their corporate friends? Would it be tax cuts for their rich friends? Would it be 'bridges to nowhere' and other stuff the Republicans have asked for personally in the past? Would it be a war or something?

I know they've talked about an alternative, but the one I heard about just took away your right to sue, and gave tax breaks to big companies.

Is that what they mean by 'replace?'

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | March 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The reversal favoring the Democrats should not be unexpected because Republican opposition is so absolutist and ugly.

I would bet most Independents are going to see the immediate benefits of the new law, contrast that with the doom and gloom of the Republicans and their lockstep opposition, and then question whether the Republicans have a firm grasp on reality.

Posted by: HillRat | March 25, 2010 10:44 AM

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Agreed, for the most part. The seething rage certainly won't endear the far-right to the vast middle. And, certainly, once people start enjoying the benefits of the new law (and the sky doesn't fall, and the commies don't take over the country, I'd expect the favorability numbers to continue to go up.

But I also think the spike in the recent poll is due to two other issues...

1. Many people who opposed the HCR bill, opposed it because they didn't think it went far enough Left. And they kept opposing it to keep the pressure on to improve it. At the end of the day, however, we got the best bill that we could, and those who opposed it from the left are happy to have something, even if it isn't perfect.

2. I think a lot of the negative numbers in previous polls were due to the fact that people were sick to death of hearing about it -- the constant starts, stops, u-turns, changes, rhetoric from both sides. Now that it's passed, they're happy to give it a stamp of approval and move on to something else.

All to say, just the fact that the bill finally got passed was good for public opinion.

Posted by: js_edit | March 25, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Wait 'till the bills for this kick in down the road. Of course a lot of folks that voted for it will be gone before the true cost is known. And then it will be "Sorry our projections were off and we have no choice but to raise taxes to cover YOUR health care"

Posted by: FLvet | March 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I love it!

Now, let's co-opt that other opposition slogan ... especially for the militiaists, teabaggers, birthers, and dittoheads who want to follow Rush Limbaugh to Costa Rica:

AMERICA ... LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | March 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Repeal and replace" is a nice battle cry and will likely give the Congress back to the Republicans because most Democratic supporters will stay home; but "repealing and replacing" is as likely to happen as that other Republican battle cry: "term limits." "Term limits," you may recall, was one of Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America." It was a "contract" that went unfulfilled after Republicans got comfortable in their newly-won Congressional seats.

Posted by: drossi2 | March 25, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The main reason people question healthcare reform is because people like Sarah Palin, who had to go to 5 colleges in order to graduate, keep spreading false info.

Brand new poll taken by Gallup on Tuesday, after Pres signed bill, shows those who think healthcare Good for America 49%, those who say bad for U.S. 40%. Public opinion is shifting. Gallup is honest & reliable, not one of those Right Wing polls where results are manipulated.

Posted by: lbeck49 | March 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

if Dems want to CRUSH the Republican lunatics, which means the agents of Big Pharma, Big Insurance, in the next election, then they should pass real and strong Public Option or the much better single payer health care, because then they can show what complete lunatics Republicans are to be for the current health care system in the US which is bankrupting the American people and thus government, plus killing 50,000 Americans per year at least due to being denied health care and sending at least 2Mill Americans per year into bankruptcy and many other atrocities due to the current health care that benefits the super rich that control the Big Pharma & Big Insurance at the back of the American middle class - More details here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.38034

Posted by: RealNews1 | March 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I have not understood during the past year why so many Americans are seemingly against comprehensive health care. Practically every other advanced nation in the world provides it. It leads to a healthier nation that can now focus on preventative care and medicine. Is it because of the cost? I can't believe that b/c Republicans continually pass tax cuts that add to the deficit, along with funding expensive wars (that add to the deficit) and enormous military spending. They don't flinch at that. Is it because people believed all the false claims about death panels and ruination of our country? Are we really that paranoid of our government, but knowingly cast a blind eye to corporate abuse and manipulation? It is because people believe, as was illustrated recently by tea party members, that health care amounts to welfare and socialism? (But, strangely we embrace Medicare and Social Security socialism.) In other words we don't want to pay for someone else's problems? Aren't we in this country together as one nation and one people? I read about so many contradictions in this health care debate that are weird and nonsensical. What I interpret is that we as individuals want social programs that help us (individually) but we don't want to provide the same benefits to others? Are we schitzo? Are are we very spoiled? Looking at how the Republicans are acting over this, I have to go with the latter.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | March 25, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I personally know about a dozen people that will be helped immediately with the pre-existing condition thing.

Multiply that by how many people they know, and it becomes a very popular thing very quickly.

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 25, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the immediate benefits are all that democrats are making them out to be. The pre-existing condition clause currently still allows insurance companies to deny coverage, due to a gap in the legislative wording (google it). And even for those it will affect, CBO estimates that only 375,000 will be positively affected by this - 375,000 out of 47 million. Young adults being able to stay on their parents plan - is this something to really brag about? It ultimately means that college graduates can't find a job, which brings us right back to the disappointing unemployment numbers.

That's pretty much all dems have to hang their hats on...not too impressive, nothing to sell that affects people to any great extent.

Posted by: boosterprez | March 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The reversal favoring the Democrats should not be unexpected because Republican opposition is so absolutist and ugly.

I would bet most Independents are going to see the immediate benefits of the new law, contrast that with the doom and gloom of the Republicans and their lockstep opposition, and then question whether the Republicans have a firm grasp on reality.

Posted by: HillRat | March 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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