Ads will target vulnerable Republicans over ObamaCare repeal effort

Vulnerable House Republicans who supported the GOP's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace effort are now facing attack ads in their districts during Congress's Easter recess.

Save My Care, a liberal group working to preserve ObamaCare, launched a seven-figure ad buy targeting seven Republicans in key districts Democrats want to flip in 2018. 

"Congressman Issa promised to protect our healthcare," a narrator says of California Rep. Darrell Issa (R) in one ad. 

"Issa wouldn't protect us from a bill that raises premiums and causes 23 million to lose insurance." 

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The ads target five Republicans who are from districts won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE in November: Issa and Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Martha McSally (Ariz.) and David Valadao (Calif.) 

Brian Mast (Fla.) and Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Republicans who represent districts won by President Trump, will also be targeted. 

Those seven lawmakers either supported the bill or took no firm position on it. 

Republicans say they're still working on the bill and attempting to shore up necessary support, but negotiations have apparently stalled as Congress heads home for a two-week recess. 

Vice President Pence last week met with leaders of the three main Republican factions to try to flesh out a compromise on the bill, but the divisions between conservatives and moderates were too deep. 

In a last-minute effort to find progress on the bill, Republicans added an amendment that would dole out $15 billion to insurers over nine years to help cover the costs of sick patients whose care is expensive. But it is unlikely to do anything to move more votes toward yes, and many other contentious issues remain unresolved.