National Republicans launch ads tying 6th District Democrats to single-payer health care system
Author: Ernest Luning - August 3, 2017 - Updated: August 3, 2017
A national Republican group is attempting to link congressional candidate Jason Crow and other Colorado Democrats to a single-payer health care proposal with a six-figure digital ad campaign that kicks off Thursday.
Featuring scary negative images of House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Facebook ad should show up on mobile devices wielded by swing voters in the 6th Congressional District for the next two weeks, NRCC spokesman Jack Pandol told Colorado Politics.
Some leading Democrats are pushing for a single-payer health care system modeled on Medicare, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has recommended that Democrats run on the issue in next year’s midterm elections.
Similar ads will be running in targeted districts around the country, Pandol said, although in Colorado they’ll only be targeted at 6th District voters.
“Big government has destroyed the American health care system as we know it,” an announcer says at the beginning of the 60-second ad, which then warns viewers of “a new plan brought to you by the same Democrats who brought you Obamacare.” Next, in a series of split-second clips, several nationally prominent Democrats — including Pelosi, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — utter the words, “single payer.”
In case there’s any ambiguity, the ad displays the words “a European-style single payer health care plan” for a moment before showing a brief clip of a newscaster describing the case of “little Charlie Gard.” The British infant, born with a rare genetic disorder, died last week after the National Health Service wouldn’t allow his parents to travel to New York for experimental treatment. Conservative Americans took up the case as an example of government-run health care gone amok.
“What does this mean for you?” the announcer asks. “Trillions in higher taxes, government control of your doctor, hospital and even prescriptions. It could even abolish Medicare Part D and the VA.”
While the ad doesn’t mention Crow — “Tell Nancy Pelosi and Colorado Democrats we can’t afford single payer health care,” the ad concludes — Pandol left no doubt who the campaign group considers its target.
“While Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren push the Democratic Party even further to the left on health care, Jason Crow has been conspicuously silent,” Pandol said. “As the Washington establishment’s anointed candidate, Crow must either explain to Colorado families why he supports Pelosi’s European-style single payer fantasy or own the failed status quo.”
Crow is one of three Democrats running in the suburban battleground district for the chance to take on five-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican. The other two declared candidates are author and former Obama administration official Levi Tillemann and attorney David Aarestad.
In a July 21 Facebook post, Crow criticizes Coffman for “offer[ing] a fig leaf to distract us from his weak record on health care” with a proposal described in an Associated Press article. Now that GOP legislation to overhaul the nation’s health care system has floundered in the Senate, Crow writes, “After eight years of voting the party line to repeal (Obamacare), Rep. Coffman says the word ‘bipartisan’ and hopes that it glosses over his record of putting his party before his constituents. It’s too little, too late.”
Crow suggests Coffman consider “stabilizing the individual market and lowering the cost of prescription drugs” by allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare patients, as well as a reinsurance program to help companies cover high-risk patients.