Ads target House Republicans over tax reform

Ads target House Republicans over tax reform
© Greg Nash

A pro-ObamaCare group is targeting five House Republicans on the GOP's tax reform plan, arguing it would increase health-care costs for Americans. 

The new digital ads from Save My Care target GOP Reps. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerGOP lawmakers offer new election security measure GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine Dems push to revive Congress' tech office MORE (Wash.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickMark Ruffalo brings fight against 'forever chemicals' to Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Critics press feds to block Google, Fitbit deal | Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-linked accounts | TikTok looks to join online anti-terrorism effort | Apple pledges .5B to affordable housing Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-affiliated accounts after lawmaker pressure MORE (Pa.), Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertLymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem Yoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm MORE (Wash.) and Michael Turner (Ohio). 

The House passed its version of tax-reform legislation on Nov. 16, 227-205. The Senate plans to hold its own vote later this week, which would be followed by a bicameral conference to reconcile the two versions.

The ad urges people to call the five Republicans, who voted in favor of the bill, and says there's "still time to right this wrong" and "vote 'no' on any tax plan that hurts our health care."

Save My Care is already airing ads against 14 other House Republicans and aired a national broadcast ad last week urging senators to oppose the bill. 

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The tax reform plan forces a $25 billion cut to Medicare and repeals ObamaCare's individual insurance mandate, the ad says.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that repealing the mandate would lead to 13 million fewer people having insurance by 2027.

Repealing the mandate would free up more than $300 billion in government funding to help pay for tax cuts. 

The CBO also estimated that the GOP tax bill could trigger automatic cuts worth $136 billion from mandatory spending in 2018, including $25 billion in Medicare cuts, if Congress doesn’t find another way to offset its deficit increases. 

GOP leaders hope to get a tax-reform package to President Trump's desk by the end of the year.