RNC Targets Dems Over Obama Insurance Pledge

By: CNN (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: CNN (posted by Greg Palmer)

Obamacare became law three-and-a-half years ago, but shockingly the website for President Obama's signature piece of legislation was a horrible failure when it rolled out in October. Sure, the website is now functioning pretty well after a two-month makeover, but if I were President and there was a program known as "Obeidallah-care" or "Dean-aid," I can assure you that the website for that program would've been amazing from Day 1.

WASHINGTON (CNN) There's no let-up in the new year in the GOP push to attack Democrats over Obamacare during the midterm elections.

Case in point: New radio ads announced Tuesday morning by the Republican National Committee that attack 12 Democratic senators and representatives, many of whom are in competitive races this November. The ads focus on President Barack Obama's broken pledge that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act.

The RNC says their radio spots will target Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mark Warner. Also in the party committee crosshairs are Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan, who are both running for the Senate this year, and Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

"So what's your New Year's resolution? Here's one you can keep. Resolve to keep [Senator/Representative] honest in 2014," says the announcer in the ad. "President Obama and [Senator/Representative] said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under ObamaCare. They lied to you. Big time. PolitiFact called that the 'lie of the year'."

The ads are expected run Tuesday and Wednesday and the party committee says the spots will air in English, as well as in Spanish in Colorado and Virginia, Vietnamese in Louisiana and Korean in Virginia. The RNC did not disclose the buy behind the new commercials.

Republicans have vowed to make the flawed startup of the health care law, as well as the President's faulty pledge about keeping insurance plans, front and center as they try to win back control of the Senate and keep control of the House in the 2014 midterm elections.

The move by the RNC follows a multi-million dollar ad campaign by Americans for Prosperity targeting Hagan, Landrieu, and Shaheen, as well as some House Democrats, over the same pledge. AFP is a conservative group backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers.

Responding to the RNC spots, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin told CNN that "Today, more Americans have better, more affordable health care than before thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP shut down the government trying to take it all away. The American people have a clear choice - and that's a debate we're eager to have."

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