Ads target GOP lawmakers for ObamaCare repeal votes

Ads target GOP lawmakers for ObamaCare repeal votes
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A grassroots progressive group is launching a five-figure digital ad buy against 10 lawmakers who voted for versions of an ObamaCare repeal bill.

The ads from Save My Care target two of the most vulnerable GOP senators in 2018, Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBernie Sanders to Trump: Firing Mueller 'an impeachable offense' Overnight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Ariz.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerRepublican drops Senate primary challenge to Heller after Trump's urging Three states where Dems can pick up Senate seats GOP senator: Justice Kennedy is going to retire this summer MORE (Nev.), in addition to Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoLawmakers propose boosting park funding with oil money Lawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree Overnight Health Care: Senators unveil bipartisan opioid bill | DOJ to seek reimbursements from opioid companies | Groups looking to end AIDS fear losing ground under Trump MORE (D-W.Va.).

In the House, the campaign targets Republican Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), John Faso (N.Y.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), Pete Sessions (Texas) and David Valadao (Calif.).

The ads will run statewide in Arizona, Nevada, West Virginia and seven congressional districts.

The videos open with a shot of the lawmaker with a commenter saying the lawmaker “broke his/her promise to” their state “and voted for the healthcare repeal bill that would’ve taken coverage away” from millions of people.  

The digital campaign comes as the Senate has adjourned for August recess without passing an ObamaCare repeal bill, an effort that flopped after three Republican senators voted against a scaled-down version of a bill to gut former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaYou just can't keep good health policy down Obama Foundation announces new job training program for Chicago students Biden praises Parkland students fighting for gun reform: ‘They’re going to win’ MORE’s signature healthcare law.

Additionally, the House Majority PAC — a super PAC allied with House Democrats — announced Monday that it’s launching billboards and mobile billboards targeting House Republicans who voted for their chamber's bill.

Specifically, the billboards will feature their vote for a provision opponents have dubbed the “age tax.” This refers to how the ObamaCare repeal bill would increase the age rating band, letting insurers charge older adults five-times more than those who are younger. The Affordable Care Act restricts this ratio to 3-to-1.

The first billboard went up in Kalamazoo, Mich., Monday and targets Rep. Fred Upton (R).

The GOP is sure to face fire on all sides over its effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The repeal bill had low public approval ratings, and Republicans faced backlash at town halls over the bill throughout the process.

Yet, the party is receiving pressure from the White House and conservative groups who say Republicans need to deliver on their seven-year pledge to gut ObamaCare.

“This ain't over by a long shot … we won't rest until we end the ObamaCare nightmare once and for all,” Vice President Pence said last week at the Tennessee GOP 2017 Statesmen's Dinner.