A group focused on keeping Obamacare as the law of the land is lashing out against two female senators for not stopping the new tax bill. Save My Care has launched a new round of vicious digital ads against two Republican senators.
Over the summer, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Main) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) stood with Senate Democrats and Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) in opposing a repeal of Obamacare. Now, Collins and Murkowski are being targeted for not holding out against the tax reform bill, which includes the elimination of penalties for Obamacare’s individual mandate.
The Obamacare mandate penalizes people for not having health insurance, which is meant to spur them into obtaining it. However many uninsured taxpayers are opting to pay the fine, as they cannot afford the insurance premiums.
Save My Care and other Obamacare proponents says that without the mandate, Obamacare may fail, as insurance companies have said they would withdraw from the marketplace, or raise premiums even higher, if smoother safeguard, like a waiting period, is not out in place.
Save My Care has focused on Collins and Murkowski, upset that they voted for what the group considers a “sneaky repeal” of Obamacare, according to the Washington Examiner, and they want the women to do a better job in the future of safeguarding their precious law.
In the ads, Collins and Murkowski are called out for voting in favor of the Republican tax bill, which was passed shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
“She could’ve stood up for healthcare, but she decided it was more important to stand with Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and corporate lobbyists,” each of the ads say, as they warn state residents that the repeal will hurt them. The ads include a special focus on the alleged negative affect the repeal will have on older citizens.
Collins had withheld support for the tax bill until she secured a guarantee from Senate leadership that two bills would be considered, which would help fund Obamacare:
- One would trigger reinsurance to lower the costs of premiums for enrollees.
- One would fund cost-sharing reduction subsidies.
But in a press release, Save My Care said the bills could not offset damages caused by canceling out the individual mandate.
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