Republicans on Tuesday sought to highlight the personal stories of Americans that have been adversely affected by ObamaCare.
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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' Former House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 MORE (R-Ohio), Reps. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Minn.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnA guide to the committees: House Latino entrepreneurs need federal protection from pyramid schemes Overnight Tech: GOP split on net neutrality strategy | Trump's phone worries Dems | Bill in the works on self-driving cars MORE (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 ObamaMichelle ObamaInstagram taps former Michelle Obama, Clinton aide to lead communications Americans should get used to pop culture blending with politics Michelle responds to Barack with her own Valentine's tweet MORE 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.