Which two Senators are starring in the euphemistically named GOP health care road show?”
The Family Research Council is launching a television ad attacking a public health insurance option as a plan that will shortchange seniors and increase access to abortion, as social and religious conservatives ramp up a pushback against President Obama’s health care reform package. The group said it plans to buy air time in five states with moderate Democratic senators, most of whom are considered possible swing votes on health care: Pennsylvania (Arlen Specter and pro-life Bob Casey), Arkansas (Blanche Lincoln), Alaska (Mark Begich), Louisiana (Mary Landrieu), and Nebraska (Ben Nelson). In the ad, an elderly couple is shown sitting at their kitchen table. “And to think that Planned Parenthood is included in the government-run health care plan and spending tax dollars on abortions,” a man says to his wife. “They won’t pay for our surgery, but we are forced to pay for our abortions.” The voice-over tag line: “Our greatest generation denied care. Our future generation denied life. Call
GOP health care road show: McConnell, McCain By MITCH WEISS and LAURIE KELLMAN (AP) – 5 hours ago CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An odd couple of Republican senators have hit the road, arguing for a go-slow approach to President Barack Obama’s push to revamp health care. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain are headlining the GOP’s answer to the raucous town hall meetings of August in which congressional Democrats had to shout over angry constituents about health care, growing deficits and the increasing role of the federal government. Not known for working closely or particularly liking each other — the two waged a fierce fight for years over campaign finance — McConnell and McCain nonetheless have been united at three events in two days in which they’ve urged a more modest approach on Obama’s top domestic priority.