House Dem super PAC targets Republicans over ObamaCare repeal vote

House Dem super PAC targets Republicans over ObamaCare repeal vote
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A Democratic super PAC tasked with trying to take back the House majority is targeting six vulnerable Republicans in an ad campaign over the House GOP’s healthcare reform bill.

House Majority PAC launched digital spots on Wednesday taking aim at a handful of House Republicans who represent swing seats and voted for the GOP’s controversial bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) narrowly passed the House earlier this month, with 20 Republicans voting against it. The bill is now in the Senate, where major changes are expected.

The digital ads target districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE won in 2016, which include the seats of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and John Culberson (R-Texas). The other targets include Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and John Faso (R-N.Y.), who represent districts won by President Trump.

“It is critical that we expose House Republicans for their dreadful plan that includes an ‘age tax’ — charging people over 50 years old up to five times more for their coverage,” said Charlie Kelly, House Majority PAC’s executive director. “All the while, these same House Republicans have taken six-figures or more in campaign contributions from insurance and financial interests.

“We intend to hold them accountable delivering a clear and effective message in districts around the country over the coming weeks and months.”

The AHCA repeals the core tenets of ObamaCare, scrapping its taxes, mandates that require people to buy coverage and subsidies to help purchase insurance. It also rolls back ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and includes large cuts to the program.

An amendment to the bill meant to woo conservatives after earlier opposition allows states to apply for waivers to lift ObamaCare’s protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Democrats are already using the AHCA against their Republican opponents ahead of the 2018 cycle. Recent polls find underwater approval numbers for the legislation, while angry constituents have flooded GOP town halls over the bill.

Democrats have a steep uphill battle to take back the House, which requires flipping at least 24 seats. That’ll include targeting both GOP-held seats won by Clinton as well as safer red districts. The party is hoping to make early progress by scoring upsets in upcoming special elections in Montana and Georgia.