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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 CaseySenate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations Advocates call for ObamaCare open enrollment extension after website glitches The US needs to lead again on disability rights 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 PriceThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Isakson talks up bipartisanship in Senate farewell speech Hundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia 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 PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE (R-Ky.) — has expressed concerns and at least two Democrats — Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSusan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week 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.