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House GOP unveils health reform attack ad

Updated 1:45 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
House Republicans issued a clear threat Tuesday to Democrats who vote for the party's health reform bill, warning that members will be subject to a barrage of ads tying them to a "corrupt" piece of legislation.

At their weekly stakeout, GOP leaders unveiled a sample television ad that the National Republican Congressional Committee could run against targeted Democrats -- in this case, Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.).

"It's madness in Washington," the ad's narrator intones, adding that Democrats "are backing a corrupt bill" full of "special deals." He continues: "The press says it's about 'bribery behind closed doors.' ... Call Alan Mollohan. Tell him to stop the madness. Stop the corruption."

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) acknowledged that the ad isn't running anywhere yet, and declined to say when it would. But he did say that his committee has "set aside" money to pay for it.

The ad is part of Republicans' broader effort to make the case that the health reform bill is decidedly unpopular, and that Democrats will suffer clear consequences as a result of backing it.

"This ad's the big stick," said Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the NRCC's deputy chairman. "We hope we don't have to drop it on people."

Supporters of the bill and some Democratic strategists, such as pollster Joel Benenson, argue that the reform bill is more popular than Republicans claim and is gaining momentum as the vote nears.

While the ad the NRCC unveiled Tuesday isn't airing anywhere yet, the committee has launched TV spots against two vulnerable Democrats -- Reps. Chris Carney (Pa.) and Steve Driehaus (Ohio).

As seen above, the ad asks whether Carney's/Driehaus' career is on "life support" because he voted for the House health reform bill in November, and urges viewers to send a text message that would put their signature on an online petition against the current health bill.

Driehaus has said he is undecided on how he will vote this time around. Party leaders have been lobbying for his support, and Vice President Biden headlined a fundraiser for Driehaus Monday in Cincinnati.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 16, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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Obama told the crowd yesterday that the bill would lower premium costs to their employers THREE THOUSAND PERCENT. They could even expect a raise in pay for the savings. The fact check: The amount he was supposed to tout was three thousand DOLLARS but both figures are wrong. The new study shows that premiums will go up not down.
Obama doesn't know what he is selling because he never read it.

Posted by: mharwick | March 17, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

short1, do some research. Go back over the last 40 years and look at any bill introduced by the GOP. The main beneficiary every time is BIG BUSINESS.

Look at the drug benefit. Big business makes the rules and ALWAYS gets paid. They can stop covering specific drugs every other day. Governments are NOT allowed to negotiate a better price. All elderly are required BY LAW to enroll in a drug benefit plan.

Healthcare reform. Who wins if there is NO reform? Would that be the insurance companies who have already announced minimum 10% premium hikes, more if the can get it.

Look at your 401(K) if you are lucky enough to afford one. Who makes the money? The managing investment bank always gets its share. They charge you to buy. They charge you to sell. They charge you annually to do nothing.

Remember that smaller government idea? Government actually got bigger. Lots of the work is contracted out at 20-500% premiums - costs above what government employees made. Now you add government oversight (except during GOP administrations), accounting, liaison, contract evaluators, etc. Government shrank by 15% while the number of people now doing government work at about twice the cost doubled. Who wins? BIG BUSINESS - Lockheed, CSC, Martin Marrietta...

The Republican Party has been the BIG BUSINESS party since the 1870s.

It would help all of us if you right-wingers would pay attention to what your party does, not what the politicians say. It's called accountability, due diligence, oversight...

Posted by: BigTrees | March 16, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

jhr1, I see your hate. You wear it like a dress.

But why do you hate?

Who do you hate?

Who told you to hate?

What do they tell you to hate?

Did they tell you the truth? Did you verify what they told you? Did they give you any proof? Or did they simply tell you to go forth and be hateful?

What happens in right-wing world when someone really does tell them their worst enemies are the thugs egging them on? Better yet, who do they take their pound of flesh from?

Posted by: BigTrees | March 16, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Another attack ad. More disinformation fed to the uniformed, mislead and misguided right-wingers.

Is that all we ever get out of Republicans? What an embarrassment to be a GOP backer.

When was the last time a Republican politician had a single positive or practical suggestion on how to fix even one of the problems they have saddle this country with over the last 40 years of their failed policies? Status quo gets you minimum 10% rate increases. No change is not good for the country. And the people who need the help the most are the poor, destitute, desperate right-wing base. They are the uneducated, uncared for, uninformed lower class Americans. And what do the GOP politicians want and get from them? A vote. And what do they give back? Misery, poverty and no healthcare.

Write your Republican representatives. Tell them it is time they serve the people, not the CEOs of BIG BUSINESS. That right-wing philosophy should have died in 1929.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 16, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I luv all these demmie comments on how the Repubs are in bed with corporations - do you have any clue on the existing bill? Its filled with kick-backs to insurances companies, pharma, unions, etc...but thats OK? Just tell me this - how is it paid for other then Nobama's phoney numbers based on 10 years of revenue vs 4 years expense. Guess what - it goes in the tank after that by 1-2 trillion. Add Medicare and SS....I guess we continue to print money - lose triple A status - lose more jobs...and then finally the pain will have to be inflicted 10 fold. Look around you as examples..the states....California - over promised pension plans that they can no longer afford held hostage by the unions...with the highest tax rates..NY - same...they are sinking fast. You can not pay out more than you take in forever..its simple math. Raise taxes - people - businesses leave or worse go transatlantic....and we lose more base. Simple math people. 2+2 income - does not equal 6 going out.

Posted by: short1 | March 16, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I, a Democrat, am hoping the bill fails. Now, don't get all excited Republicans, because I also hope you regain the majority. Now you can get excited for a bit.

My reasoning is simple. If this bill fails and the GOP gets back power, they will do nothing to fix health care.

I then hope that we see 30%-50% increases in health care prices over the next few years, and that employers are forced to stop providing to their employees. I hope the number of uninsured Americans goes from 30 million to 100 million.

And then, when all of middle, working class America is struggling, sick, and desperate, they will think back on this and ask themselves, "What in God's name was I thinking."

Then, they will vote every self-centered Republican out of office, giving the majority to the Democrats, the party who legislate for the benefit of others, for a very, very long time.
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Hey pathfinder - what will you do should the bill pass....yet premiums continue to increase, taxes increase - HC is rationed and the good ole USA then also has implemented a 3rd failing entitlement? Can I then have your promise to vote out the democratic party for eternity? Somehow - I see my version being the correct one...at which point I can hear the Dems now - if only we did this - or public option - when do you get to run out of excuses. Its these entitlements that are killing us and bankrupting us...triple A...that will go by the wayside....and instead of Piigs over in Europe - it will be Upiigs......

Posted by: short1 | March 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight.....The House DemocRATS don't have the votes to pass this smelly pile of dung with a 51 vote majority, so now they are going to resort to trickery, smarmy "Slaughter House" Rules by "deeming" the Bill as "Passed" even though these cowardly village idiots will not put their names on this stinking Bill. They are SO finished!! This is the most CORRUPT administration and Congress in the history of our nation. Vote ALL these creeps OUT in 2010, 2012 and on until the stench is no longer wafting throughout the Halls of Congress!!!

Posted by: coffeenerves | March 16, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans did it!! nah nah nah!
they used reconciliation for the second
bush tax cut!!!
if they can use it for tax cuts,
we can use it for Taxes!!!
All you suckers who thought obama would be a centrist?!
You got punked!
I can't wait to get my federal ID chip implanted, and serve the one and only
obamaobama ma ma...

Posted by: simonsays1 | March 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Submit a Joke

Believe it or not, we'll pay $100-$300 if you make us chuckle! Just send us your hilarious joke or anecdote, and if we publish it in Reader's Digest, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

For instance, do you really have to wait four years for your free colonoscopy after having Pelosi shove this bill up your butt? No, you can move to France. Ha,ha,ha,ha!

Posted by: deeman | March 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

kevin:
I appreciate your response to my post, though I'm confused by your decision to ignore the entirety of its contents.

We all know a single payer system is the best route to cover everyone as a right of citizenship, those who want more and can afford it are free to find it..
But the insurance companies will fight that, and the Republicans joined them because they think they will have a better shot at getting back into power if they can block this president from doing anything about our most serious problems.

For an "analytical" response, may I suggest this related atricle in todays' WaPo:.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/house/the-politics-of-health-care-pa.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: shadowmagician | March 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I, a Democrat, am hoping the bill fails. Now, don't get all excited Republicans, because I also hope you regain the majority. Now you can get excited for a bit.

My reasoning is simple. If this bill fails and the GOP gets back power, they will do nothing to fix health care.

I then hope that we see 30%-50% increases in health care prices over the next few years, and that employers are forced to stop providing to their employees. I hope the number of uninsured Americans goes from 30 million to 100 million.

And then, when all of middle, working class America is struggling, sick, and desperate, they will think back on this and ask themselves, "What in God's name was I thinking."

Then, they will vote every self-centered Republican out of office, giving the majority to the Democrats, the party who legislate for the benefit of others, for a very, very long time.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | March 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are really getting desperate!
Got to push HCR through, regardless of the majority opposed to it.
Well, that's fine...when Congress gets its vacation and go home, they have a lot of explaining to do when their constituents demand to know the scope and content of each of those 2700 pages in the bill.
Just hope that they know what they have rammed through without the support of the electorate!
Looks like we will have a lot of new faces in Congress next year!

Posted by: SeniorVet | March 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

shadowmagician, I hope you would sit down think about the issues analytically rather repeat the ideological garbage drummed into us from the day we are born. My bet is that you get more upset at someone stealing a loaf of bread than someone stealing millions.

Posted by: kevin1231 | March 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicants like any lie that suits their agenda. That's why they watch Fix news. No lie is too small for Beck, O'Really, or Hannity to spew. Ex-legislatures Armey, Delay, and Gingrich make absurd allegations to Tea bag groups and make millions from it.
The Republicant party lives on fear, hate, and lies to scare their constituents into backing their agenda of no. No to anything that would be good for the country. No to anything that would be credited to the Democrats. No to new ideas or solutions.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | March 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Negative attack ads by the Republican party? Oh I'm so afraid! Whatever will we do?

Posted by: DaveHarris | March 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Negative attack ads by the Republican party? Oh I'm so afraid! Whatever will we do?

Posted by: DaveHarris | March 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What an act of utter desperation; don't vote for this bill or we'll run this nasty attack ad against you. Explain how this is anything less than ridiculous partisan politics? At least the RNC is willing to stamp their name on this. I can only imagine what the shadowy groups will be spilling come Nov and that's probably what really has the Dems looking for cover.

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Attack Attack Attack...
... is the only thing republicans know how to do, instead of Solve Solve or Solve.

They always need a boogeyman, something to demonize, someone to blame... except themselves!

I mean, we are where we are because of republican rule and policy over the past 30 years. What do these political dinosaurs know about solutions for the american people? Nothing.

And who would be so eager to put this average citizen hating, pro war, pro corporate rape party behind the wheel again? Whom?

Republicans don't care about the average joe, that's why they never do anything for them, republicans see working people as second class citizens.

That's why they only take care of their own rich white people and are the gatekeepers of the corporate fleecing of america.

They don't represent a constituency of voters, they represent protection for business to keep raping america, or to go to needless wars to help their defense buddies out.

That's just the way it is.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Attack Attack Attack...
... is the only thing republicans know how to do, instead of Solve Solve or Solve.

They always need a boogeyman, something to demonize, someone to blame... except themselves!

I mean, we are where we are because of republican rule and policy over the past 30 years. What do these political dinosaurs know about solutions for the american people? Nothing.

And who would be so eager to put this average citizen hating, pro war, pro corporate rape party behind the wheel again? Whom?

Republicans don't care about the average joe, that's why they never do anything for them, republicans see working people as second class citizens.

That's why they only take care of their own rich white people and are the gatekeepers of the corporate fleecing of america.

They don't represent a constituency of voters, they represent protection for business to keep raping america, or to go to needless wars to help their defense buddies out.

That's just the way it is.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP (Geriatric Obstructionist Party) had a year to participate, but made a cynical, unhelpful, us v. them choice to make an American President fail. Time to shut-up, or help. Useless.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Top 10 Reasons to Kill Senate Health Care Bill

1.Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
2.If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
3.Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
4.Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
5.Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
6.Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
7.Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
8.Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
9.No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
10.The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.

The Senate bill isn’t a “starter home,” it’s a sink hole. It needs to die so something else can take its place. It doesn’t matter whether people are on the right or the left — once they understand the con job that’s about to be foist upon them, they agree. That’s why Harry Reid and President Obama are trying to jam it through as fast as they can, before people get wise. So email the list to your friends and family, tweet it and spread the word.

kill the Senate bill

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

thomgr, so I guess that means you speak for black, lower class Yankee atheists? All you fake compassionate leftists are free to help anyone you want. But do you? No. The southern Christians do though. Their charity is legendary. You guys, not so much. You want to save everybody, go ahead. Just leave us out of it, and the constitution intact.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Against government run health care? Fine, walk into a V.A. hospital (highest rated statisfaction BTW) and proclaim you want to eliminate it. Walk into a nursing home and tell everyone you want to get rid of Medicare and Medicade. My guess you will need some serious medical attention if you have the stones to do either.

Posted by: thomgr | March 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The G.O.P. is desparate. They care about big corporations more than the American people. They sit there with their great government health care program, which they have for life, and tell the American people it is too good for them. They are for financial reform but want companies to do their own policing. They are for deficit reduction but are against the health care bill which the CBO says will reduce the deficit by $150 billion. They are for campaign finance reform but want to allow corporations to contribute to campaigns. They say they speak for the American people which is true - if you are white, upper middle - higher class, southern and Christian.

Posted by: thomgr | March 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Genefox1, you frame the argument incorrectly. We are not against healthy people, we are against government run health care. You create a straw man, then knock it down. That's loser rhetoric.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

So tell me again, why are Republicans against Americans being healthy...and if they're not, why Republicans are against ill people become better?

Posted by: Genefox1 | March 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I see we have the same old losers here, trying to smear Obama any way they can, hoping to have him fail, as they did themselves.

It fits the mold of the Compassionate Conservative, one who can always take money from our kids and grandkids for no-bid contracts, for secret deals, who can find trillions for the War Machine, for bombs and bombers, for the mass murder of Shock and Awe, for secret prisons, for torture, . . but never any dollars for our own weak, our poor the very young and very old, the sick, the helpless.

What kind of people are these, whose lack of character is so extreme they do not even resist bleating it out publicly?

Socialist or not, compassion for your fellow man is a good thing. Especially when the only reason not to do it is greed.

Posted by: shadowmagician | March 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I see we have the same old losers here, trying to smear Obama any way they can, hoping to have him fail, as they did themselves.

It fits the mold of the Compassionate Conservative, one who can always take money from our kids and grandkids for no-bid contracts, for secret deals, who can find trillions for the War Machine, for bombs and bombers, for the mass murder of Shock and Awe, for secret prisons, for torture, . . but never any dollars for our own weak, our poor the very young and very old, the sick, the helpless.

What kind of people are these, whose lack of character is so extreme they do not even resist bleating it out publicly?

Socialist or not, compassion for your fellow man is a good thing. Especially when the only reason not to do it is greed.

Posted by: shadowmagician | March 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Kevin, you sound just like Trotky.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

jhr1
are you gonna cry?
you sound like a republican cry-baby.
waaaah
waaaaaaah
waaaaaaaaaaaaahh

go read the times with the rest of the repukes

Posted by: strictly_liberal | March 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This is no longer the country I knew 30 years ago. The GOP thugs are bent on destroying this country on behalf of their corporate masters. What is unfolding is the battle between haves and have not in which all powers rests in the haves. They continue to steal hundred millions of dollars while opposing any spending for the rest. All this tax cutting and smaller government are the code words for more corporate wealth and power. Through their media, including this paper, they have brainwashed the public into their value system.

Posted by: kevin1231 | March 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a Marxist at heart. If he doesn't believe in "To each according to his need, from each according to his ability", then God did'nt make little green apples. Lord how I hate him. And Pelosi. And Reid. These lying leftist sobs may pass this abortion of a bill, but we will vote them out in the fall.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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