Campaign 2010

Jul 31, 2009

DCCC Announces Major Advertising & Grassroots Offensive, “Health Care ER”


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, announced the DCCC is launching a month-long major advertising and grassroots offensive against more than two-dozen targeted Republicans on health insurance reform. 


Called "Health Care ER," Democrats Health Care Emergency Response Network will hold targeted Republicans accountable for protecting health insurance companies' profits from doubled insurance premiums and denied health care coverage, at the expense of affordable health care.  By contrast, President Obama and Democrats are working for health insurance reform that lowers costs and protects patients' choice of doctors and plans.


"Time and again, Republicans protect a broken system of skyrocketing costs, insurance companies making health care decisions, and record setting insurance company profits instead of working with President Obama to bring real health insurance reform," said Chairman Van Hollen.  "President Obama and Democrats are working for health insurance reform that lowers costs and protects patients' choice of doctors and plans, while Republican are fighting for insurance companies.  This August we are going district-by-district to hold Republicans accountable for trying to obstruct health insurance reform through their scare tactics and just-say-no protection of big insurance companies."


The DCCC's Health Care ER month of action includes activities coordinated through the DCCC's grassroots Health Care ER Action Center ( 

Activities include:

Þ     Radio ads in eight (8) Republican Members districts;

Þ    Volunteer live calls, automated calls to 25 targeted Republican Members;

Þ    Volunteer live calls to talk radio stations in targeted Republican Members' districts;

Þ    Three (3) million e-mails;

Þ    Letter writing drive in Republican Members' districts;

Þ    Letter to the editor drive in Republican Members' districts;

Þ    On-line petition campaign;

Þ    Fact check Republicans' lies about health insurance reform;

Þ    Tele-town halls in targeted Republican Members' districts.

Republican Members targeted by the DCCC's Health Care ER include:


Dan Lungren (CA-03)

Elton Gallegly (CA-24)

Buck McKeon (CA-25)

David Dreier (CA-26)

Ken Calvert (CA-44)

Mary Bono Mack (CA-45)

Brian Bilbray (CA-50)

Mike Castle (DE-AL)

Bill Young (FL-10)

Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

Judy Biggert (IL-13)

Joseph Cao (LA-02)

Thad McCotter (MI-11)

Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Michele Bachmann (MN-06)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09)

Lee Terry (NE-02)

Jean Schmidt (OH-02)

Pat Tiberi (OH-12)

Jim Gerlach (PA-06)

Charlie Dent (PA-15)

Mike McCaul (TX-10)

Pete Sessions (TX-32)

Eric Cantor (VA-07)

Frank Wolf (VA-10)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)


Starting Monday, drive time radio ads will be running in the following districts: Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Joseph Cao (LA-02), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Dan Lungren (CA-03), Thad McCotter (MI-11), Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Dave Reichert (WA-08), and Pat Tiberi (OH-12).


A sample of the "Health Care ER" radio ad targeting Congressman Charlie Dent, which will run at saturation, follows:


"Blocked" - 60 second radio ad


Announcer: "Health care bills.  Every year, the cost goes higher.... Making it harder to make ends meet.

"But year after year, Congressman Charlie Dent opposed reforms to make health care more affordable.  
"Congressman Dent's gotten nearly 75 thousand dollars from the insurance industry while we've gotten stuck with runaway healthcare costs.  And what do the insurance companies get?  Record profits.
"Call Congressman Dent - tell him not to side with insurance companies... and start supporting real health care reform...
"To lower costs by forcing insurance companies to compete.
"Prevent companies from denying your coverage.
"And keep your current coverage if you're happy with it.
"Tell Congressman Dent it's not about insurance company profits.   It's about people.


"Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."