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 MurkowskiPro-ObamaCare group targets key senators in new ads The GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan MORE (Alaska), Dean HellerDean HellerPro-ObamaCare group targets key senators in new ads Overnight Healthcare: CBO predicts 22M would lose coverage under Senate ObamaCare replacement 40 million fewer people expected to vote in 2018, study finds MORE (Nev.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan OPINION | GOP healthcare attack is a vendetta against President Obama MORE (Maine) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoPro-ObamaCare group targets key senators in new ads Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan OPINION | GOP healthcare attack is a vendetta against President Obama 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 McConnellMitch McConnellParliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal bill OPINION | How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts Flight restrictions signal possible August vacation for Trump MORE (R-Ky.) may need to rely on conservatives such as Rand PaulRand PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan Overnight Healthcare: CBO predicts 22M would lose coverage under Senate ObamaCare replacement MORE (Ky.) or Mike LeeMike LeeCruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda The Memo: Trump tries to bend Congress to his will MORE (Utah) to help pass the measure.