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Super PAC’s ad blitz blasts Coffman, other GOP lawmakers on Obamacare repeal

Author: Robert King, Washington Examiner - June 21, 2018 - Updated: June 28, 2018

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, talks during a news conference before a town hall meeting with constituents in a high school assembly hall Feb. 20, 2018, in Greenwood Village. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A liberal political action committee is looking to tie vulnerable House Republicans to a new plan to repeal Obamacare in a series of digital ads.

And U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado is one of the campaign’s targets.

The super PAC American Bridge on Thursday is rolling out a series of digital ads targeting Coffman and five other House Republicans for their record on health care. The ads come a few days after outside groups are touting a new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year.

The ads outline the members’ prior votes for tax reform as a “massive giveaway to the rich.” They also cite “new efforts are underway to end coverage for pre-existing conditions and cut Medicaid.”

The ads attempt to highlight a recent Medicare/Social Security trustee report that warns tax reform passed last year is undercutting both entitlement programs.

The trustee report released last week said Medicare’s trust fund would run out in eight years, and Social Security’s would run out in 16 years. It takes into account the $1.5 trillion tax bill that Republicans voted for and Trump signed into law last year.

Democrats and outside groups have consistently bashed Republicans this election cycle on health care. American Bridge also cited the Trump administration’s decision to support a federal lawsuit that would gut Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Besides Coffman — who is unopposed in the June primary for another term representing the 6th Congressional District — the campaign targets GOP Reps. Rod Blum of Iowa, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and Mimi Walters of California.

Robert King, Washington Examiner