NRSC challenges Dems to hold O-Care town-halls

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is challenging vulnerable incumbent Democrats to hold a series of town-halls on President Obama's healthcare law.

In a morning email, communications director Brad Dayspring wrote that Democrats should agree to discuss the merits of the reform law at length if they choose to call it a success.

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"If ObamaCare was such as success wouldn't vulnerable Democrats like Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Five unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist MORE, Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE and Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE be barnstorming their states celebrating it?" Dayspring wrote.

The candidates he referred to are Democratic senators from Louisiana, Alaska and North Carolina, respectively.

The email was interpreted as a sign that the NRSC is doubling down on ObamaCare attacks even as some polling shows opinions of the law starting to soften.

Red-state Democrats are also in better shape than some predicted, according to four new polls by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The survey found Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), a top target for the GOP, leading Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Trump should ignore the business lobby and stick to immigration promises McConnell vows Senate will take up ObamaCare repeal next week MORE (R-Ark.) by 10 points, for example. 

Republicans are certainly in a tougher position on ObamaCare than they were last fall, when HealthCare.gov and the Obama administration were both mired in dysfunction over the reform's rollout.

Now, the White House is pointing to the millions of people who have gained coverage under the law as a sign of its success.

Still, incumbent Democrats face a serious challenge in defending their support for the law to voters who oppose it. ObamaCare remains largely unpopular, particularly in states that backed Mitt Romney for president in 2012.

Dueling strategy memos released to The Associated Press on Wednesday furthered debate between the two sides on Wednesday.

In a memo to candidates, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski reportedly attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) for his denunciations of the Koch brothers.

Charles and David Koch are conservative billionaires with influence in election campaigns through their support for groups like Americans for Prosperity.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, argued that the Koch attacks signal the GOP is not making headway with its campaign against ObamaCare.

—This post was updated at 5:28 p.m.