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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 08:53 AM

Democrats target three Senate Republicans with health-care ads

Source: The Washington Post




By David Weigel June 19 at 6:00 AM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching digital “takeover” ads against three Senate Republicans and a governor to increase the pressure on the Senate’s health-care bill at a time when activists worry that the closed-door drafting process has granted it momentum.

The buy features “The Price,” a spot the DSCC began running when the American Health Care Act first moved through the House. In it, parents hock their valuables to pay for a child’s hospital stay. The anonymous setting of the spot has made it easy to repurpose; in this case, it’s being aimed at Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).



Heller is the one Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 from a state that backed Hillary Clinton for president last year. Flake, who narrowly won a first term in an increasingly blue state, remains a target. Scott, who has hinted at a 2018 run, is perhaps the most threatening self-funder who might seek a seat held by a Democrat. And Cruz is being challenged by Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), who’s seen as a long shot but has won fans in the national Democratic orbit.

“If Senators Heller, Flake and Cruz, along with Governor Scott, get their way, hard-working Americans will pay the price while insurance companies and the rich get a tax break,” DSCC spokesman David Bergstein said.

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New ad campaign to pressure five GOP senators to vote against health-care overhaul

By Sean Sullivan June 18 at 7:59 AM

An organization that opposes the Republican effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act is pressuring five GOP senators not to vote for the emerging legislation in a new $1.5 million ad campaign that begins Monday, officials with the group told The Washington Post.

Community Catalyst Action Fund, which bills itself as a consumer health organization, is targeting Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) with television and radio ads urging them to vote no.

The ad campaign comes as other organizations are ramping up opposition to the Senate GOP effort. Last week, a coalition of medical and consumer groups held an event in Cleveland that was billed as the first of a series of gatherings to speak out against a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House and the direction that Republican senators appear to be heading. The coalition — which includes AARP, two hospital associations and four disease-fighting organizations — has said it will convene events in at least three other states in coming weeks, with the next one Wednesday in Reno, Nev.

The Community Catalyst TV ad, which targets four of the five senators (not Flake), begins with a scene of a young boy wheezing in his bedroom and his mother rushing to get his asthma medication from a bathroom drawer.

“When this happens, she isn’t thinking about the health-care bill in Congress,” the narrator says. “She isn’t thinking that it’ll force her to choose between filling his prescriptions or paying their mortgage.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:14 AM

1. Wish we'd see something hard hitting against Gardner

here in Colorado. The AARP ad isn't tough enough.. Gardner is one of the 13 GOP creeps writing the bill and we get silence here. No town halls, no answering constituents. In fact, old Cory, who is 100% pay to play accuses his constituents of the same.

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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:14 AM

2. These ads seem way too tame...

DEATH PANELS gritty is what's needed.

(what about healthcare for people who don't have mortgages, for example? to a lot of viewers it comes across as "...forcing her to choose between buying a new Beemer and the kid's prescriptions, to which their response, if they have one, might be "boo-hoo"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:05 AM

3. Dean Heller must go.

With few exceptions, he's a lock-step rethug.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 11:08 AM

4. I saw one of these ads here in Oregon, and I thought it was pretty damning.

What's good about it is it doesn't jump right in and start name-calling or the other usual tactics that often cause people to change the channel. I wasn't sure what it was about at first, just a couple seemingly very hard times, hocking their car and wedding ring. Then showing them at the hospital with their adorable frail daughter.

Hit home for me. And Oregon is a Dem-controlled state, except for 1 house repub out of 5 total.

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