Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad ahead of vote on HHS nominee

Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad ahead of vote on HHS nominee
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A pro-ObamaCare group has launched a digital ad ahead of the Senate Finance Committee’s vote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran Trump asking aides whether he should proceed with North Korea summit: report Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all MORE’s nominee to lead the department charged with implementing the health law.

The ad running online Wednesday in Washington, D.C., points out what ObamaCare supporters view as the White House’s attempts to sabotage the law in list form. Various items on the list are checked off, such as “rip away health care from millions of Americans (3.2 million and counting…),” “slash open enrollment in half,”  “undermine essential health benefits” and more.

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The ad is a nod to a document Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenators offer tax bill aimed at helping first responders McConnell: Midterms will be 'very challenging' for GOP Trump congratulates 'special guy' Barletta on win in Pennsylvania MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) released last week from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that detailed ways the department has examined changing ObamaCare through administrative action. Former HHS Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceBudget chairman Womack eyes appropriations switch Dems target Trump administration's use of military planes in defense bill debate House Dems call for a vote on ObamaCare stabilization bill MORE handed out the document in a March 23 meeting with the conservative House Freedom Caucus as the chamber was working to repeal ObamaCare.

“The Trump HHS has been secretly sabotaging the American health care system from the very beginning, and now 3 million Americans have lost their coverage,” Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse said in a release. “Now that they’ve been caught red-handed, the Trump Administration and its HHS nominee must promise to end these attacks on our care.”

The ad comes as the Senate Finance Committee votes Wednesday to send the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as the head of HHS to the Senate floor.

His confirmation before the full Senate is likely, as only one GOP senator — Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulKentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers MORE (R-Ky.) — has expressed concerns and at least two Democrats — Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Senate confirms Haspel to head CIA MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump to hold Nashville rally amid efforts to boost GOP Senate hopeful Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote MORE (W.Va.) — have already said they would vote to confirm him.

Azar spent nearly 10 years as a pharmaceutical executive at Eli Lilly, most recently serving as Lilly USA’s president — a post he left in January 2017.

He previously served at HHS, first as general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and then as deputy secretary for two years. His former colleagues say he’s fluent in the regulatory process, which could come in handy as the Trump administration looks to change ObamaCare on its own. It seems unlikely GOP lawmakers will take another stab at repealing the health law.