- Screenshot/Save My Care
Following the House of Representatives vote to pass the Republican health care bill, a left-leaning advocacy group, Save My Care, launched a $500,000 campaign targeting 24 Republican congresspeople who voted to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.
The ads, which are a mix of television and digital, accuse congressional Republicans of voting to raise healthcare costs on average Americans and seniors, strip insurance from 24 million individuals, and raise costs for those with pre-existing conditions. It describes the GOP’s American Health Care Act as a “disastrous health care repeal bill” that is opposed by the American Medical Association, the AARP, and the American Cancer Society.
“How could you do this to us?” the ad asks lawmakers.
Most of the two dozen Republicans targeted in the campaign either barely won in the 2016 election or represent districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton or narrowly won by President Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Democrats are hoping the congressmembers’ votes for the Obamacare replacement legislation will help drive them out of office in the 2018 midterm elections.
The effort is reminiscent of a similar campaign (with opposite aims) launched by conservative groups in 2009 and 2010 to whip up anti-Obamacare sentiment, which helped Republicans take control of the House and gain a significant number of seats in the Senate in the 2010 midterm elections.
Here are all of the Republicans being targeted by the Save My Care campaign:
Rep. Don Young of Alaska refused to support the House’s first version of the AHCA and repeatedly said he was undecided leading up to last week’s vote. Alaska has the nation’s highest healthcare premiums, which are at risk of increasing under the AHCA.
Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona hails from a key battleground district, where 50% of her constituents voted for Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Jeff Denham won just 52% of his central California district, which has traditionally leaned Republican but is becoming increasingly Democratic.
Rep. David Valadao was originally undecided on the AHCA, saying that “Medicaid is the issue.” Millions of Valadao’s constituents in California’s Central Valley benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Rep. Steve Knight has faced vocal pushback at recent town halls concerning his position on Obamacare. Knight’s district, just north of Los Angeles, is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, with a fifth of voters claiming no party preference.
- Rich Pedroncelli
Source: Los Angeles Times
Rep. Mimi Walters of California, an early supporter of the AHCA, represents a district in Orange County that Hillary Clinton carried by 5 percentage points in November.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa narrowly won his Southern California district, which was carried by Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Issa maintained that he was undecided on the AHCA up until he voted for it last week. Two days before the vote, Issa told a reporter that his position on the bill was “none of your business.”
Source: The Hill
Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, a veteran who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan, voted for both versions of the healthcare bill, but called the first version “far from perfect.” Mast won his district with just over 53% of the vote.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a moderate representing a Florida district with large numbers of Latino and older voters. Hillary Clinton swept Curbelo’s district in November.
Source: Miami Herald
Rep. David Young of Iowa opposed the first version of the AHCA, prompting a Republican PAC to pull its support from his 2018 re-election campaign and making him particularly vulnerable to Democratic opponents.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Rep. Peter Roskam represents an increasingly diverse district just west of Chicago and is already facing a Democratic challenger who has survived breast cancer and is advocating for better protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin won just 47% of his Maine district’s vote in the 2014 election, with 41% going to the Democratic candidate and 11% to the Independent.
Source: Portland Press Herald
Rep. Tim Walberg, who has called himself the “tea party before the tea party,” won his last election with just 55% of the vote in one of Michigan’s most expensive and competitive House races.
Source: Roll Call
Rep. Jason Lewis, a freshman lawmaker whom The Atlantic has called a “mini-Trump,” won his Minnesota district by just two percentage points.
Rep. Erik Paulsen, whose suburban Minneapolis district has voted for Democratic presidential candidates since 2008, voiced doubt about the AHCA until the final vote.
Rep. Don Bacon won his highly competitive Nebraska race by just 1.2 percentage points in a district that previously voted for Obama and was taken by Trump with just 48% of the vote.
Source: New York Magazine
Rep. Tom MacArthur barely won his South Jersey district in November and was a key proponent of the Republicans’ renewed effort to pass the AHCA, picking the issue back up after the first version of the bill was defeated in the House in March.
Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents a Nevada district that Hillary Clinton took in November, came out against the first version of the AHCA.
Source: NBC News
Rep. Lee Zeldin, an early Trump supporter who represents Long Island, is on the list of New York Republicans Democrats are hoping to unseat.
Source: The Buffalo News
Rep. John Faso of New York is already being challenged by Democratic opponents, one of whom, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, is planning to hold an event in Faso’s district to discuss the health care bill.
- David Duprey
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a moderate and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, never said whether she supported the March version of the AHCA, but voted in favor of the controversial bill last week.
Rep. Pete Sessions, who hails from the Dallas suburbs, won 71% of his constituents, who also voted 49% for Hillary Clinton, in November. His constituents’ dislike of Trump could prove difficult for Sessions, who is already being challenged by two Democrats.
Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia is a freshman congressman who said of the final House bill, “I believe that 85 percent of something in the right direction is a lot better than nothing.” Taylor may be vulnerable to Democratic opponents in part because a few of his Republican colleagues also representing Virginia in the House opposed the bill.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot
Rep. David Brat, a House Freedom Caucus member who did not support the first version of the AHCA, won a surprise victory over his Virginia district’s GOP incumbent in 2014.