Democratic candidates go on offense in ObamaCare ads

Democrats in a half dozen competitive gubernatorial and Senate races are touting the Affordable Care Act.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Democrats and their allies in at least a half dozen races have taken out TV spots to highlight certain aspects of ObamaCare, including the requirement of coverage for pre-existing conditions and the focus on preventive care. Some have started attacking their GOP opponents for calling to repeal the law. 

The report noted that Senate Majority PAC is running adds attacking GOP Senate candidate Terry Lynn Land in Michigan for calling to repeal ObamaCare. Land is running against Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinHow House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe Congress dangerously wields its oversight power in Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE (D-Mich.).

Republicans have made their criticism ObamaCare a pillar of their midterm election strategy and are seeking to wound vulnerable Democrats by highlighting their support for the law.

About 95 percent of the ads that have run against Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D) in North Carolina, for instance, have included criticism of the healthcare law, according to the media analysis group Kantar Media CMAG.

Polls show ObamaCare remains unpopular with the public, though the majority of voters would prefer specific changes over full repeal.