The calendar is yet to flip to 2014, but Democrats in swing districts are already targeted with attack ads tying them to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They are the first of what's expected to be a fusillade of spots capitalizing on the controversial healthcare law this election cycle.
Earlier this month, the National Republican Congressional Committee issued a radio spot targeting Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), whose district has switched parties in each of the last three election cycles. The ad features a woman talking about her husband's chronic health problems. “Because of Obamacare, our health plan no longer exists, and our new policy doesn't cover the hospital where my husband was being treated,” she says. “I'm scared for him, and for the kids.”
Two other swing district legislators, Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) and Rick Nolan, (D-Minn.), are the targets of ads attacking President Barack Obama's vow that nobody would lose their coverage under the healthcare reform law. In recent months, tens of thousands of individuals have received plan cancellation notices, and Obama apologized for misleading the public. The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity plans to spend more than $600,000 on the ads.