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New Ads, New Conservative Appeals For Obamacare Repeal

A conservative group and the National Republican Congressional Committee are aiming new ads at Democrats and Obamacare, urging the law's repeal via radio and other avenues. 

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Conservative Group Airing Ads Urging Democrats To Defund Obama's Health Care Law
A conservative group is airing television and radio ads urging Democrats to eliminate funding for President Barack Obama's health care law to resolve a government shutdown. The Senate Conservatives Fund accuses Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and fellow Democrats of "forcing a government shutdown" in order to allow the so-called Obamacare system to move forward. The ad buy is expected to be about $500,000 per week (10/1).

Politico: NRCC Targets Democrats On Obamacare
Under withering assault from the White House and congressional Democrats for their role in the government shutdown, House Republicans are hitting back. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday will begin airing 60-second radio ads hammering vulnerable House Democrats for refusing to defund Obamacare. It represents an effort to frame the shutdown narrative around the health care law, which polling shows remains unpopular among vast swaths of the public. Individual health care marketplaces began opening on Tuesday (Isenstadt, 10/1).

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