Campaign 2010

Aug 05, 2009

DCCC Launches Second Phase of Advertising & Grassroots Offensive, “Health Care ER”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, announced today the second phase of its month-long major advertising and grassroots offensive against more than two-dozen targeted Republicans who are trying to block health insurance reform for America's families. Called "Health Care ER," Democrats' health care emergency response network is a multi-pronged assault of paid advertising, automated and live volunteer phone calls, millions of grassroots e-mails, letters to the editor, fact checks, and tele-town halls in targeted Republican districts.


Starting Wednesday, automated phone calls will begin in the following districts: Brian Bilbray (CA-50), Ken Calvert (CA-44), David Dreier (CA-26), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09), Mike McCaul (TX-10), Frank Wolf (VA-10), Bill Young (FL-10), Judy Biggert (IL-13), Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), and Pete Sessions (TX-32).


"Time and again, Republicans protect a broken status quo of skyrocketing costs, insurance companies standing between families and their doctors, and these companies making record profits through doubling premiums and denying health care coverage. This August, we are holding Republicans accountable," said Jon Vogel, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "America's families sitting around the kitchen table worrying about how they can afford health care need action in the form of President Obama's health insurance reforms, not the Republicans' scare tactics and just-say-no protection of big health insurance companies."


Since Monday, drive time radio ads have been 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).


The DCCC's Health Care ER month of action activities are 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 drives in Republican Members' districts;

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

Þ    Online petition campaigns;

Þ    Fact checking Republicans' lies about health insurance reform;

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


Republican Members focused on 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)


A sample of the "Health Care ER" automated call targeting Congressman Pete Sessions, follows:




This call is paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


I have an important message about your health care.  Insurance companies are posting record profits while health bills skyrocket.  Now they are lining up to stop health care reforms and protect profits.  Congressman Pete Sessions took almost four hundred thousand dollars from the insurance industry and now he's trying to block reform... like reducing costs by forcing insurance companies to compete and preventing them from denying you coverage. Call Congressman Sessions today.  Ask him to stop standing up for insurance companies and start standing up for us.