24 House Republicans Face Attacks Over Health Care Vote

Liberal advocacy group targets Republicans in TV and digital ads

The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is attacking Arizona Rep. Martha McSally for her vote for the GOP health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Twenty-four GOP members of Congress home on recess this week will be greeted by a new six-figure ad campaign attacking them for their vote in the House last week for the Republican health care plan. 

The liberal health care advocacy group Save My Care is launching a TV and digital advertising campaign worth more than half a million dollars on Monday that will run this week. 

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The TV ads, like this one targeting Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, begin by touting opposition to the bill from the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Cancer Society.

“McSally voted to raise your costs and cut coverage for millions, to let insurance companies deny affordable coverage for cancer treatment and maternity care, and charge five times more for people over 50,” the narrator in the 30-second spot says.

“McSally voted yes even though the bill makes ‘coverage completely unaffordable to people with pre-existing conditions,’” the narrator says, citing the AMA.

The narrator closes the ad by asking, “Congresswoman McSally, how could you do this to us?” 

In addition to McSally, TV and digital ads are targeting Alaska Rep. Don Young, Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur and Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei.

Digital ads will target California Reps. Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Steve Knight, Mimi Walters and Darrell Issa, Florida Reps. Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo, Iowa Rep. David Young, Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg, Minnesota Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis, Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon, New York Reps. Lee Zeldin, John Faso and Elise Stefanik, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, Virginia Reps. Scott Taylor and Dave Brat

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Save My Care previously spent more than $1 million on TV ads in April targeting seven Republicans who either supported the original version of the GOP health care bill or hadn’t declared a position before it was pulled from the floor.  

In the immediate wake of the House’s narrow passage of the health care bill last week, the Democratic campaign committees launched digital ads attacking Republicans, even those who didn’t vote for the bill. Republicans, meanwhile, are touting the House's passage of the bill as a campaign “promise kept” in web ads. And American Action Network, the issue advocacy organization tied to GOP leadership, launched $2 million in TV ads thanking 21 GOP members for their ‘yes’ vote. 

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