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Democrats Respond to GOP Health Care Repeal Vote- Repeal This!

Democrats Respond to GOP Health Care Repeal Vote- Repeal This!

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Yesterday, House Republicans voted to repeal the new health insurance reform law. Even though they know the law won’t actually be repealed—because Democrats hold the White House and the Senate—they voted anyway in order to appease their Tea Party base.

In response, Daily Kos is teaming up with Blue America to make House Republicans pay a political price for this grandstanding. In key districts around the country, we’re going to run a radio ad highlighting the cruelty and hypocrisy of the Republican effort to repeal health insurance reform. Video is below.

The ad makes two points:

Republicans in Congress just voted to raise health insurance premiums, take away prescription drug benefits, and allow insurance companies to cut off coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions

These cuts didn’t apply to the health insurance plans Republican members of Congress receive.

It only costs $2,500 per district for local media to pick up on this ad and produce a story on it. We know this because an allied organization, Americans United for Change, went after freshman Republican Andy Harris with a radio ad like this back in November. Even though Americans United for Change only spent $2,500 on the ad, local media picked up on it anyway. Harris took a big hit.

We’re expanding this campaign into other Republican-held districts. The ad is already produced, an advertising placement expert is lined up, communication staff is ready to contact local media, and the name of the Republican member of Congress in the ad can be changed to fit any district.

Republicans peaked in the 2010 elections. As their cruelty and hypocrisy come to light, they are quickly sliding downhill. In just two months, Democrats have erased the electoral advantage Republicans held in 2010. That trend will only continue if we capitalize on opportunities like this.


Keep fighting,
Chris Bowers
Campaign Director, Daily Kos

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