(PresidentialHill.com)- Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the target of a large new digital ad purchase by the Democratic National Committee.
The ads are being purchased in four of the key swing states for the upcoming midterm elections, and they focus on comments Johnson made recently about how he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The ads were set to begin running on Wednesday, which marked 12 years since former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law went into effect. The DNC ads will run in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Johnson’s home state of Wisconsin.
The ads, which run 15 seconds long, accuse Republicans as a whole as well as Johnson specifically of fighting to repeal Obamacare. Democrats say that if that were to happen, health-care costs would only skyrocket even more, as would the cost of prescription drugs.
Liberals also claim the repeal of the ACA would do away with protections that people have now for any pre-existing medical conditions they have.
Allyson Bayless, a spokesperson for the DNC, said recently:
“After years of trying to gut Americans’ health care, every single House Republican voted against lowering prescription drug prices last fall, and now Senator Johnson has made clear that the next plank in Republicans’ economic agenda is to once again target Americans’ health care, rolling back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and making health care and prescription drugs more expensive.”
Democrats have been all over Johnson in the last week, after comments he made during an interview with Breitbart News. In that interview, Johnson said the health care law should be repealed and replaced, and used it as an example of one way that the GOP would approach things if the party were to win back control of Congress following the midterm elections.
Appearing on a podcast for the media network earlier in March, Johnson said:
“If we were going to repeal and replace Obamacare — I still think we need to fix our health-care system — we need to have the plan ahead of time so that once we get in office, we can implement it immediately, not knock around like we did last time and fail.”
Following that podcast going live, Johnson clarified his comments in a statement. He said that he wasn’t suggesting repealing and replacing Obamacare would be one of the GOP’s priorities.
Instead, he was just using it as an example of how Republicans need to be better prepared to deliver on the promises they make when they run for office.
Democrats have jumped all over his comments anyway, though, using them as fodder to attack other Republicans who are running for Congress. Liberals have tried to focus the upcoming elections around health care policies, as a way to steer the conversation away how badly the country is doing with a liberal-led Congress and White House.
Johnson is one of the GOP senators who is in a very tight race for re-election this coming November. And every seat will count in the bid for control of both chambers of Congress.