Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad in Supreme Court fight

A pro-ObamaCare group has launched the first television ad focused on health care in the fight over the next Supreme Court justice. 

The Protect Our Care ad tells viewers that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE could nominate a Supreme Court justice who opposes ObamaCare — specifically its protections for those with pre-existing conditions, like diabetes and asthma. 

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"This is an emergency," the narrator says. 

"Trump and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE have a plan to install a Supreme Court justice who will overturn those protections," the ad continues, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

The ad refers to a lawsuit brought by Republican attorneys general against the Trump administration targeting ObamaCare, arguing Congress's recent repeal of the individual mandate to have health insurance makes the whole law unconstitutional. 

The Department of Justice opted not to defend ObamaCare in court, siding in part with the attorneys general that some parts of the law, like its pre-existing conditions protections, are unconstitutional. Arguments for the case have not yet been scheduled. 

Legal experts say it's unlikely the lawsuit will succeed. 

The Supreme Court already ruled that ObamaCare was constitutional in 2012, but the Republican attorneys general say that needs to be reconsidered after Congress repealed the individual mandate penalty. 

The Protect Our Care ad will air this week in Anchorage, Alaska, and Bangor, Maine, targeting the constituents of two Republican senators who are expected to be key votes in the Senate confirmation fight: Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Overnight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change MORE and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE.