Video Calls Out ‘Party Of NO’ On Their Strategy To ‘KILL’ Health Care Reform

Watch: “Playing Politics”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A154BmAkryQ


Washington, D.C.- The Democratic National Committee released a new web video today highlighting comments by Republican leaders, including Senators Graham and DeMint, stating publicly their hope that the President will fail in his attempt to reform our broken health care system. “Playing Politics” exposes the Republican Party’s opposition to health care reform for what it is: an overtly partisan strategy aimed at ‘breaking’ the President in order to score political points. Please see below for a statement from DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse:


“Over the last few dayswe've learned the true intentions of the Republican party when it comes to health care, and those intentions, while not surprising,are disturbing. Let's be clear - the same Republican party that let health care costs spiral out of control over the last eight years while protecting their special interest friends,is nowexpressly saying that theywant to‘kill’ health care reform andthat their interest isto ‘break’ the President politically. But, what's ‘broken’ is a supposed major political party dedicatedto ‘killing’ health carereform for purely political reasons whenthe average American family has seen anearly 80 percent increase in their health care premiums in this decade. What's ‘broken’ is a Republican party that insists on saying NO to reforming a system where nearly two-thirds of small businesses cannot afford to insure their employees.


“TheRepublican approach of working to kill health care reform when so many American families are struggling is not onlybroken, it's also irresponsible. Republicans would be better served if they focused on killing off this callous attitude within their party that puts fixing their ownpolitical problems ahead of fixing problems for American families.”


Watch: “Playing Politics”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A154BmAkryQ



Script For DNC Web Ad "Playing Politics":


TEXT: When it comes to health care reform... Republicans are following
their longtime leader.


RUSH LIMBAUGH: I hope he fails.


TEXT: Basically I think he'll fail. - Sen. Lindsay Graham

SENATOR GRAHAM: Basically I think he’ll fail.


TEXT: If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo.

SENATOR DEMINT: If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.

TEXT: It will break him. - Sen. Jim DeMint

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, there are some in this town who are content to perpetuate the status quo.


DAVID SHUSTER: What is the Republican plan?



MODERATOR: Senator Gregg?



MODERATOR: Senator Alexander?



NATIONAL PRESS CLUB MODERATOR: What will the political price for the Republican Party be if it succeeds in blocking health care reform?


TEXT: Despite insurance premiums doubling over the past decade, Republicans want to see health care reform fail. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, 9/24/08

RUSH LIMBAUGH: I hope he fails.

SENATOR GRAHAM: “Basically, I think he’s fail.”

SENATOR DEMINT: “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses, and breaking America’s economy.”


TEXT: Tell Republicans: Stop rooting for failure and start fighting for the American people.

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