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GOP Formulates New Attack Strategy To Swell Opposition To Health Law

Republicans are planning new health law attacks with an arsenal of tactics including issuing talking points to members and hammering Obama administration officials at hearings all in an attempt to further unravel the law.

The New York Times: G.O.P. Maps Out Waves Of Attacks Over Health Law
The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: "Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.""Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs." "The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk." "Continue Collecting Constituent Stories" (Weisman and Stohlberg, 11/20).

Politico: The House GOP's Obamacare Playbook 
The House Republican leadership is coordinating an aggressive push to keep Obamacare's problems front and center both on Capitol Hill and around the country. The House GOP effort includes investigations by at least eight committees, subpoenas for testimony from key administration officials and an initiative by Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to hold hearings around the country to highlight Americans’ problems with the law (Kim and Sherman, 11/20).

CNN: GOP Seeks A Groundswell Of Opposition To Obamacare
Use any metaphor you like -- predators smelling blood, invaders storming the castle, a snowball growing in size and momentum as it rolls downhill. All describe efforts by opponents of President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms to kill the 2010 law after the botched launch of the website provided a new opening for attack (Cohen, 11/21).

The New York Times' The Caucus: In An Attack Ad, An Alaskan Voter Is Really An Actress From Maryland
In a tough new advertisement from the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, an unnamed woman looks directly into the camera and upbraids Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska. … But there is a slight problem with the commercial. The woman is not from Alaska. She is actually an actress who lives in Maryland. And to some, the elegant kitchen she is standing in, done in French country style with granite countertops, might seem out of place somewhere as rugged and frontierlike as Alaska (Peters, 11/20).

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