Liberal group targets potential Republican healthcare swing votes

Liberal group targets potential Republican healthcare swing votes
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A liberal advocacy group is running new television and digital advertising targeting Republican senators who could be potential swing votes on the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal bill.

The seven-figure buy from Save My Care will run TV and digital ads in four states: Alaska, Nevada, Maine and West Virginia.

Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort How Senate relationships could decide ObamaCare repeal MORE (Alaska), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum MORE (Nev.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (Maine) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoOvernight Energy: House moves to block methane rule | EPA delays toxic water standard | Pick for FEMA No. 2 withdraws nomination Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom Poll: West Virginians approve of Dem senator more than Trump MORE (W.Va.) are among the more moderate Republican senators who could prove crucial if any of them choose to oppose Senate leadership’s emerging legislation.

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Discussions are being held behind closed doors, but activists have been mobilizing to draw attention to the details that are known. Many senators want to end ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, and the negotiations are currently centered on just how long the phase-out will be.

Heller and Capito represent expansion states and recently said they support a proposal that would gradually end the extra federal funding expansion states receive over a seven-year period. Collins hasn’t tipped her hand, and Murkowski has consistently said she supports expansion and won’t vote for ending expansion if her state legislature wants to keep it.

She also said recently she wasn’t sure she could support the emerging bill because she doesn’t know what policies will be included.

Senate leaders can only afford to lose two votes when they bring the legislation to the floor. It’s a delicate balancing act, and if enough moderates can be convinced to oppose the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) may need to rely on conservatives such as Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (Ky.) or Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (Utah) to help pass the measure.