New Pro-Obamacare Ad Features Trump Voter

Ad to run in Tennessee, home to key GOP senator

The new ad features a Trump voter. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The new ad features a Trump voter. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted February 23, 2017 at 10:30am

A campaign encouraging lawmakers not to repeal the 2010 health care law will launch two new television ads, one featuring a man who voted for President Donald Trump.

The ads are part of a “six figure” ad buy from the “Save My Care” campaign that will run in Ohio and Tennessee, according to an advance copy of the press release announcing the ads. Tennessee is home to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, a key player in the Obamacare debate.

“I’m a Republican. I voted for Trump,” says a man identified as Dennis, who is featured in the Tennessee ad. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and says in the ad, “The Affordable Care Act saved my life.”

The ad running in Ohio features a woman named Paula, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, which spread to her brain and liver. The Medicaid expansion in Ohio under the Affordable Care Act helps her afford her cancer treatment, according to the press release.

“Grandma still needs some help,” Paula’s grandson says in the ad. The ad ends with a message to lawmakers to save her health care.

The ads will coincide with the campaign’s bus tour, which so far has covered more than a dozen states, many of which are home to Republican lawmakers.

This week, lawmakers at town hall meetings back home are facing tense crowds with questions about protecting their health care.

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GOP members are continuing to develop their plan to repeal and replace much of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, which they say would be fulfilling campaign promises they have made since it was passed. Republicans plan to begin moving a plan through the House shortly after this week’s recess.

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Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.