August 21st, 2009
08:46 PM ET

Conservative group targets Obama's vacation

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Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

If President Obama wants to catch the White Sox-Red Sox games next week while he vacations in Martha's Vineyard, he'll probably see the latest ad to attack his health care reform proposals.

Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive Rick Scott, says it will spend close to $150,000 next week to air a 30-second television spot in the Boston media market coinciding with Obama's vacation in the area.

Among the stations the group plans to air the ad on is NESN, the network that will broadcast the four-game series next week between Obama's Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox.

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  1. Mark from Saint Louis

    Too Bad, even at state funerals, the Liberals couldn't keep from attacking Bush and his policies. Obama is the President and he should expect opposing commentary. Just compare this ad to the "Murderers" comments by some leftist politicians when referring to our soldiers when they were in IRAQ several years ago. I guess the leftists don't like it when their guy is in office and he's being criticized. Too Bad.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:35 am |
  2. Larry

    Obama's vacation is actually a summit at the Kennedy Compound.

    August 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  3. Jon from S.C

    I find that a lot of my Christian bro and sis are hipocrites. But the GOP needs to let him have his vacation. They can't take aim since Bush was on vacation every time I took a breath.

    August 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  4. Larry

    Why are all you people behaving like children?

    August 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  5. William of Iowa

    Whew! I was worried the time honored tradition of criticizing the President of the United States for having a vacation was lost. Thank you Mr. Scott for not letting the public lose touch with shallow argument and at $150,000.00 a pop – I am impressed!

    August 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    I am totally at a loss as to what possible connection there can realistically be between Health care and Obama's family holiday, except to say that everyone needs a holiday sometimes.
    The problem is the enormous cost of protecting the presidents ( and families lives from gun toting health care opponents, or small action groups who run ads and as we see too often members of such organisations have individuals who will use a gun.
    Hey there's a thought: ban guns and think of the healthcare savings!!
    NRA members banned from responding to this E-mail Ha ha!!

    August 23, 2009 at 2:52 am |
  7. KIm

    Have a fun vacation with your family President Obama ! That office door will be there when you get back to work and so will Universial Health Care. Cool estate ! Private beach,baskeball,HORSES !HORSES ! Saddle up and keep your heels down in the stirups. Don't pull back hard on the reins and find your balance.Elbows and knees in with preasure to stop the horse. You look huge close up to a horse and your hand looks like a baseball glove. One picture of Obama riding a horse ! Any luck on that ? What kind of horses ? Horses are like kids and have the mentality of a five year old child. Get to know them and talk to them,you'll be fine. English saddle or Western ? Better to start off with a Western saddle. Nothing like riding horses on the beach ! No matter what,stay in the saddle and lean with the trees ! It's not the amount of time you spend with your kids but the quality of that time.

    August 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. nea

    Just because you are a Christian doesnt exempt you from being Christ-like, when it comes to polictics. Whether its so called government run or not you are still helping people a REAL CHRISTIAN HELP THE POOR AND THE LEAST OF THESE. If they dont get help from the government then who do they turn to for help? those that are opposing healthcare are you going to help those that dont have health insuranc? Thats why i said if i have to pay more in taxes so be it at least i feel im helping the cause and not putting down the government!

    August 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  9. nea

    During the campaign the Republicans was using all kinds attacks against my President thats right i said my president! because some of you have gotten amensia or something. They was trying to portray him to be a terroist. even when the hate was coming against B. Obama then, they didnt care people was yelling kill him, off with his head they even said he was a muslim.So even now they come out with more attacks now he is President trying to break him down and some of these same people are suppose to be christians but they used the same tactics just like the devil im a christian and i know the devil tactics when i see them downing the president just because he spends time with his family when most of them should have been spending time with their family instead of the other woman.

    August 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Why does Obama get to go on vacation. He should be spending this time trying to come up with a health care plan that will actually work and will not drive the country into a debt that can never be paid back.

    August 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  11. RLWellman

    How much tax payer money is the President using to try and push his Health Care Reform Plan through on TV ads?

    August 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  12. janinpenna

    I can not think of any person in the world that deserves a vacation more than President Obama. He has worked tirelessly for our country.

    In comparison, this right's group may be interested in looking up how much time G.W. Bush spent in Texas during his term.

    I hope our President comes back refreshed and ready to get back to work, for all of us.

    August 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  13. BHO - fan

    @ dave,

    I'm a true Obama fan. . and I do wish HIM and his family the best on their well deserve vacation. Being said that, . . I'm very proud of your comment . . . It shows disagreement with RESPECT of the PRESIDENT. . . Thank You! . . .for being RESPECTFUL.

    PS. I'm with you,. . . GO YANKEES!

    August 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  14. Janice Meints

    have you heard who in the Obama Admin, is making money off this health care fiasco, why don't all you obama fans, check out something other then the liberal stations and blogs, you may learn something,

    August 22, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  15. ronvan

    When you look at these comments you can see why this country is messed-up! We get off track so fast that we are not keeping an eye on the problems. I guess that I must be the luckiest person in the country as I have a great health insurance, great doctors, and great care. The fact that health insurance companies, drug companies, and those in positions of power, continually get rich off of all is not an argument. The fact that our current health care system is screwed-up is a fact, yet no one, other than Clinton, and now our President, has had the guts to try and fix it. Why is it that these companies, and "people in power" can spend millions to put out false information, and mislead the american people, rather than putting that money into their programs? What have they done to improve their health care systems? And why is it that so many are so easily mislead with all the information systems available today? It is really not hard to find the truth and lies about health care, just takes a little of your time.

    August 22, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  16. Warren-Canada

    In the U.S. health care "debate" President Obama has outrageously been labelled everything from a Communist to a Nazi! Come on people isn't it a lot more probable that he is a good-hearted person working for the common good? Using such extreme terms back-fires and paints those opposed to reforms as the extremists. So, keep on spewing your venom and lose more of the common sense middle ground support!

    August 22, 2009 at 6:51 am |
  17. Warren

    President Obama certainly deserves a vacation. He is currently leading the struggle for the common good against the rapacious greed of private insurance, big Pharma, and other private interests benefiting the most from the current system. He is being called everything from a Communist to a Nazi by those unable to win a rational debate on the issue and related facts. Fact: 25% of those declaring personal bankruptcy in the U.S. do so because of health care costs. Fact: 50% of homeowners foreclosed upon are because of health care costs. Here in Canada a comprehensive public option health care coverage system was essentially established in the early 1960's. A vocal minority then howled that it was Communism. Maybe in hindsight that was not so bad, as it at least defined the opponents of reform as extremists, and was in no small part one of the reasons the reforms won the day. Today we don't have to go to the "poor-house" in order to receive needed medical care and very few would like to turn back the clock.

    August 22, 2009 at 5:48 am |
  18. Warren

    Foaming-at-the-mouth Republican supporters would have us believe that President Obama is a Communist. What insane red-baiting. The allusion would obviously be to the most infamous Communist, Stalin. Well, according to Wikipedia under the heading "Great Purge", and Historian Michael Ellman, in just two years (1937-1938), Stalin was directly responsible for the deaths and executions of between 950,000 to 1,200,000 Soviet citizens. I am afraid like most observers I fail to see any connection between wanting to create a system of fair-minded health care and Stalinist Communism. Red-scare tactics never go out of style with conservatives who lack the ability or sanity to have a rational balanced debate based on issues and facts.

    August 22, 2009 at 4:16 am |
  19. Warren

    Right-wing extremists in the U.S. are doing everything from calling President Obama a Communist and/or? a Nazi, to bringing guns to public gatherings. As a Canadian I can only shake my head in disbelief. Here we have a health care system that costs only 60% as much per capita as the U.S. All citizens may receive health care without having to declare personal bankruptcy or face foreclosure on their homes. Wow, comprehensive health care what a Communist/Fascist plot. Big insurance and pharma companies drive such rabid insane criticisms along with their Republican mouth-pieces.

    August 22, 2009 at 3:23 am |
  20. dave

    Well put Joy.

    As far as Obama's vacation – give the guy a break. All presidents need a break. Can't even imagine the stress level of being president. Just look back to Clinton and Bush, both turned gray within the 1st year.

    I didn't vote for Obama, and I haven't liked one thing he has done so far, but leave the guy and his family alone.

    Hey, Obama, I do have one word of advice while you're watching the ball games... YANKEES!

    August 22, 2009 at 12:47 am |
  21. Tonee


    You're argument was getting convincing..right until "a president who smokes" batched you with the population of the mis-informed. Its better that the uninformed, i'll give you that, and your witt is impressive too. But bottom line though, between Fox and CNN, getting the truth about the bill is dependent on who you are listening to. It seems the right can never do good in the left's eyes and vise versa. Makes you wonder...are is Obama president of a party, or of these the United States. I don't trust the politician in him..i trust the father and man in him.

    August 22, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  22. Mitra

    I can see everyone is fired up pretty well now! I think the Obamas going on vacation is no one's business. I am glad to see that with he is giving his time to his family for a week. REPUBLICANS...Start taking this hatret out of your hearts and Christians or Moslems etc. work with your president to make our country a better place. Bush took this country into a war that was not justified and now we all are paying for it and we all have to help fix it.


    Think about it. We are in a deep trouble. It takes all of us to get out of it. Quit bickering and get to work to save our education and healthcare. Ultimately that is what will save us.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Phil Mitchell

    I think president Obama has a lot of courage to take on such a monumental, yet essential task such as health care reform. I personally know dozens of people who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and too little money to purchase insurance on their own. Many have jobs but their employers do not provide insurance. Where are they to turn? I know a 70 year old who spends 40% of his monthly income on medical care. We do need reform and our current president seems to have an excellent grasp on both the process and the eventual product. He seems more interested in "loving his neighbor" instead of finding ways for for Americans to parade their piety that serves nothing more than create a strange cocktail of faith and americana.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. anonymous

    I believe that truth in the media is second to high newspaper profit and high TV ratings. If God wants the President to be successful there is nothing the republicans can do because it would be the republicans against God. Good luck to them.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  25. maria

    Who are these people that are supporting the insurance companies over their own interests in securing their own affordable, quality healthcare with a public option. Healthcare is astronomical in this country and it is a sin that America is listening to older people who already have and are satisified with a government run healthcare agency.

    I hope Obama has a great vaca and really thinks these things thru – forget the republicans – 80 votes – they are crazy. Obama needs to show leadership and passion on this subject – that is why the polls tanked because he trusted Republicans to compromise. And they have shown that they will not compromise. We cannot afford to let insurance companies rule and continue on like this. Obama needs to get his party in line and get this public option thru. If he does this, he will be considered one of the great Presidents of all time.

    I have not agreed with Obama on certain things, especially the way he has handled some things. BUT I certainly am behind him on this healthcare initiative. I remember he said he listened to his wife. Well, I think now is the time to heed that insight. She seems like a smart, independent woman and I am sure she has good insight into this and hopefully they both will come to the same conclusion – you promised us CHANGE. I say shake up things on the Hill. Fight back, don't retreat and face this adversity – more people are behing you than you think. Good Luck.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Richard

    Let me get this straight.

    Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Utter confidence in goverment equals insanity of the people.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  27. corvedacosta

    Obama is slacking off I think. He is not winning the health care reform fight and he has allowed all the minor people to direct the conversation. The moment he allowed that to happen and the miscommunication from his own administration...it was all over. Now the country is in an uproar and the people are angry at most of the town halls. Obama is not delivering what he promised. Am I seeing a reduction in his polls?

    August 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  28. Claire Adrienne

    To Mommentator:

    You're Christian? Did you miss the part in the Bible where it says, "As you do unto the least of these, you do to me?"

    He means the hundreds of thousands who are dying because they cannot afford health care, the sick children who are poor and uninsured through no fault of their own, and thd babies who will be born with irrepairable health problems because their poor mothers cannot afford proper prenatal care. What are you proposing to do about them, if you claim to follow the word of Jesus?

    I suggest you re-examine your "Christianity" and deal with those less fortunate. The heads of insurance companies, like the CEO of United Health Care who clears about $102,000.00 an hour, can take care of themselves.

    I am alive because of Medicare and Medicaid – Hello! – health care run by the government. Right now the insurance companies tell us which doctors and specialists we can go to (can we all say "preferred provider lists"?).

    All of your arguments fall way short of the truth, and hopefully every person who voted for Obama will step forward and speak.. Then the real "will of the people" will be heard. Have you forgotten, but we won the election. Slamming health care reform won't win you any elections which you already lost.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  29. Mrs Nancy

    Oh good grief, what else can insurance execs spend OUR money on? It goes to show you..they are over compensated!

    August 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  30. lampe

    Look you all can call each other names all you want. But, what is is going to solve. The Bottom line here is this. It is not about The Republicans period. Obama and The Dems run everything. They have all the power, to do with what they want. It is their party that is having the problems. They don't need one Republican to vote for this. They can do it all on their own. so instead of pointing the finger at everybody else, why don't they pass it and get it over with? They are the ones who want this plan, so just do it already, and let the chips fall where they may. No matter what plan they pass, people will like it and people will hate it. If it works, it will be great for The Dems, and bad for The Repubs. If it fails, well we will see what happens.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  31. Robert Ford

    So much rambling! But thanks for the "excellent" advice to watch FOX news to get my facts straight. And only since you asked..who might be offended or intimidated by the 10 Commandments or a pledge of allegiance that preaches a Christian dogma or a Christmas party? Muslims, Atheists, and Jews, all of whom have a right to celebrate one nation under God too.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  32. Heather

    Who are THEY to judge? Bush was on vacation BOTH of his terms.
    GW: "We're going to war now. It's about WMD's, not oil. See you when I get back from vacation."

    August 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  33. ann in kensington

    The fact that so many people were taken in by the terror alerts put out by the Bush people ...enough to vote Bush back into office proves one fact...the people are also gullible enough to fall for other political lies being put out by the right: ..that the health care bill will have a death panel, that the government will be getting between you and your doctor and that illegals will also get health care coverage..despite what the facts are showing....there are alot of people on the right that see what I see...people are easily scared and led astray with lies set up to scare them!!!! (which is why the right always uses lies to stop what is good for the public ) That is why the polls look the way they do right now...I think that if the bill passes with a public plan and coverage for all citizens people will begin to see the truth come out, and see that, once again, they were duped by the right's lies. We need to pass this bill and go back to trusting this president's desire for change. We need to act like adults and reason things out.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  34. Dave

    No, they need to KEEP the public option. And these conservative, so called "rights groups", need to stop being led around by the nose by a bunch of greedy, self serving insurance industry executives and lobbyists.
    I am tired of hearing the lies, and am surprised the media does not call them out on it.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  35. JoY

    EXCUSE ME MARI! This is POLITICS, NOT religion, have you read, lately? Church and State, seperate, I just cannot abide when someone like you, starts in, when something goes wrong, the first thing you want to do, is slam, CHRISTIANS. It is EXACTLY, like people, when their lives are going fine, they dont need GOD, when things are OK, they dont need GOD....BUT the first crisis, the first time someones child is struck with cancer, or maybe hit with a car, or kidnapped, or some tradgedy hits slam close to home WHO DO YOU CALL... GOD! AND WHERE DO YOU RUN, TO A CHRISTIAN, so dont you be on here, calling EVERYONE, a hypocrite, because, you know what, not all who say Lord Lord, will enter those gates, and not all who do say, I am a Christian ... is, I GIVE you that.... but this is NOT THE FORUM for CHRISTIAN bashing, nor is it the place for it to be taken up. I should not have to even have had to have read your words that have offended me to the hills, but I will NOT ever stand idly by, and let ANYONE, say such things about what I believe in, and if you so care..... to talk politics.... then you march yourself on over to FOX news, and you start getting the FACTS and you google... and search, and you will open your eyes and you will see, that this bill that the president is pushing is nothing more than a governemnt healthcare bill, and it will not serve us as Americans anymore than the help that was given to Chrysler, GM, and all the others that you now see falling by the wayside.....BTW, have you taken a real GOOD look at the stats on the housing markets lately? Have you looked at the fact the our President cannot and WILL not allow the 10 commandments in the White house? They are not only no longer in our schools, thus the violence ensues, gee....why? duh to the nation. Why do we not say the pledge to our flag anymore in our schools? Why cant we pray anymore, or even have a Christmas party IN OUR SCHOOLS? IT OFFENDS..... WHO.... WHO does it offend? IF this is ONE NATION UNDER GOD........ then someone, not just you Mari, SOMEONE tell me..... Where did he GO?

    Because quite frankly.... God...has left the building.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  36. NurseThomas

    So enjoy these activities from the right wingnuts. As a nurse I see the needs of health care first hand. Let our President of the United States vacation in peace please.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  37. Peter McGovern

    Every dollar of profit that goes to the executive of an insurance company is a dollar not being spent on a patient's health.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  38. Linda

    Seems ironic, considering that GW Bush is on the record for having taken more vacations during his term than just about any other president in U.S. history.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  39. Mommentator

    Excellent perspective Mari, we "hate-mongers" agree with your fellow democrat above tha thet insurance industry has an unnatural hold on our system that should be about doctor and patient choice. The "fix" is not about government control. But without any thoughtful dialog to muster, you go after watered-down accusations, rather than our facts in spreading our distrust.

    You can debate me point by point, but do not start judging our Christianity. As deputies for loving other with the heart of Jesus we wish not to be understood, rather to put forward a conversation rather than an attack. {Or at least many of us do}

    Is not our perspective important enough to be put out there for the public to decide for themselves? Is it wrong to target markets? Go down this road, and you'll find your backers swirling in a mire of political gain.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  40. Annie Kate

    Scott and his group hopefully do not have much credibility and their ad will be uneffective – the health insurance companies have had it their way too long. Its the people's turn to benefit from health insurance now.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  41. Mari

    Of course, this is news? The GOP keep their hate, fear, lies going. Its ALL they have!

    And what's sick about this is that they consider themselves Christians!

    August 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  42. GF, Los Angeles

    LOL yeah like I'm suppose to believe anything being paid for by a health insurance executive and the rest of his cronies reaping money hand over fist at the expense of others. The insurance industry are crooks and it's about time they start losing control on our healthcare.

    August 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |