Senate Democrats launching digital ads against GOP senators on ObamaCare lawsuit

Senate Democrats launching digital ads against GOP senators on ObamaCare lawsuit
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The Senate Democratic campaign arm is launching a round of ads on Tuesday morning attacking GOP senators over a Republican lawsuit seeking to overturn ObamaCare.

The five-figure Facebook ad campaign launches ahead of arguments in court on Tuesday in the lawsuit, which was brought by 20 GOP-led states seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. 

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“Republicans are in federal court THIS WEEK pushing to eliminate coverage protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions - and Senator Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDemocrats spend big to put Senate in play Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' MORE is part of the problem,” reads one of the ads, targeting Gardner, one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans up for reelection in 2020. 

“Gardner has voted to tear down the health care law and its protections for Colorado, and now he's refusing to do anything to stop his party's dangerous lawsuit,” the ad continues. 

 

The ads will also run in other contested Senate races in Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina and Michigan. 

The ads are another sign of Democrats going on offense over the lawsuit, seeking to return to last year’s winning strategy of attacking Republicans for undermining ObamaCare’s popular pre-existing condition protections. 

Many Senate Republicans in tough races have tried to walk a fine line on the lawsuit, declining to say whether they support it or oppose it. 

Asked to respond, Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, attacked the Democrats running for president for supporting "Medicare for All."

“Republicans have been adamant: any changes to the health care system need to ensure those with pre-existing conditions never lose coverage," Hunt said in a statement. "Democratic presidential candidates have forced Senate Democrats to answer for their Party’s extreme agenda based on eliminating employer-based health coverage for millions of Americans and providing taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants.”

Making the issue difficult for Senate Republicans, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE supports the lawsuit, but Republicans are also sensitive to the attacks they would face if they announced they supported it also. 

They wish it wouldn’t happen,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) said of Senate Republicans on a press call with reporters Monday. “But they’re sort of stuck and the Trump administration is full steam ahead.”

Congressional Republicans have been trying to turn the page on efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which the lawsuit makes difficult. 

The arguments on Tuesday are in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Many legal experts in both parties expect the lawsuit will ultimately fail, but nothing is assured, and it could make its way to the Supreme Court in the midst of next year’s presidential election. 

The announcement from the Senate Democratic campaign arm comes as the campaign group for Democratic attorneys general announced they will target five Republican attorneys general who have signed on to the ObamaCare lawsuit with a six-figure ad campaign.