DENVER — Only weeks after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as a constitutional tax increase, the issue is hitting mailboxes, phones and newspapers across Colorado.
Yesterday, the center-right American Action Network announced it was launching a campaign to encourage Colorado Republican Congressmen Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton “to continue fighting to repeal Obamacare and its massive taxes.”
The campaign is part of a broader national effort, with AAN spending $1.2 million in 35 U.S. House districts on robocalls, print advertising and direct mail.
“The Obamacare Healthcare Agenda: Hundreds of Billions in Cuts to Medicare,” the direct mail piece exclaims. “Hundreds of Billions in New Taxes.”
“Congress is about to vote to repeal Obamacare,” the print advertisement running in the Cortez Journal says before encouraging readers to call Congressman Tipton and urge him to vote to repeal the bill.
The Obamacare Repeal Act, another attempt by Congressional Republicans to overturn the unpopular legislation, is up for a vote in the House tomorrow. While it will likely fail, due to the U.S. Senate being controlled by Democrats and the White House’s own promise of a veto, Congressional Republicans are hoping to use the vote to draw unfavorable attention to Democrats who supported the law.
Congressmen Coffman and Tipton have both pledged to vote to repeal Obamacare.
“Congressman Tipton has been very clear about his views on this issue,” said Tipton’s campaign manager Michael Fortney in a press release. “He opposed the law in 2010, voted for repeal in January 2011 and plans to vote, again, for its repeal on July 11, 2012.”
The campaign of Tipton’s Democratic opponent, State Rep. Sal Pace, did not respond to a request for comment on the AAN campaign.
Pace’s position on the law is unclear. While he has said recently that he doesn’t like the individual mandate, Pace has previously voiced support for a single-payer system, considered a more extreme move that President Obama and Congressional Democrats avoided pursuing when they controlled the Congress.
Congressman Coffman also has opposed Obamacare, saying in a statement after the law was upheld that he was “disappointed the individual mandate was re-branded as a tax and allowed to stand.” His Democratic challenger, Denver State Rep. Joe Miklosi, hasn’t outlined his position on the bill. His campaign website has a section on “Healthcare and Medicare Issues,” but it notably does not mention Obamacare at all.
This is not the first time an AAN campaign has focused on Colorado Congressional races. In March, AAN ran a similarly-sized campaign — that time $1.2 million in 27 districts — on Medicare reform in which Congressman Tipton was also targeted.
An AAN spokesman told The Observer that the Coffman print ad will be running in The Denver Post on Wednesday.