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 FlakeFlake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 MORE (Ariz.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerLobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play This week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report MORE (Nev.), in addition to Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoDemocrat Richard Ojeda announces Senate bid after dropping out of presidential race Spending bill to address miners' health care, pensions Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation 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 ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo 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.