GOP to highlight negative O-Care stories at State of the Union

Republicans on Tuesday sought to highlight the personal stories of Americans that have been adversely affected by ObamaCare.

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Nearly a dozen GOP lawmakers have invited people who say they've been harmed by the healthcare law to the chamber as their guests for the State of the Union address.

In addition, the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee are holding a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon, where four Republican lawmakers and their guests will recount the troubles individuals and small-business owners say they’re having under the Affordable Care Act.

Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) will be on hand for the presser, along with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

The RNC hasn’t released the list of citizens that will speak, but three of those lawmakers have invited constituents that say they’ve been hurt by ObamaCare to Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Scalise invited an IT contractor who says he and his family had their policy canceled under ObamaCare, while both Cassidy and Latta invited small-business owners who say the new healthcare law has been a burden on their companies.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and a handful of other Republicans have also extended invitations to those that say they’ve been hurt by ObamaCare.

But Democrats are pushing back, inviting their own guests, who they say have benefited under the law.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has invited a small-business owner who suffers from Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and says she doesn’t have to worry anymore about having her coverage dropped.

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) will be the guest of the Obamas. Beshear has been one of the most vocal state-level proponents for ObamaCare, and has overseen one of the most successful implementations of the law.

Michelle Obama has invited a physician’s assistant from Arizona to share the first lady’s box. The woman, 37-year old Amanda Shelley, says she ignored severe abdominal pains because she was unable to get insurance until January 1, when she gained coverage under ObamaCare and went to the doctor for an emergency procedure.