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Across Races, Republican Candidates Use Health Law Issues In Their Ads

The health law, however, is part of an ongoing debate among some GOP strategists on the best paths going forward.    

The Wall Street Journal: Republican Candidates Big And Small Slam Health Law In Ads
Republicans running for office this year are going to great efforts to show their opposition to the 2010 health-care overhaul. But many of these candidates aren't vying for the chance to change the law from a seat in Congress. Instead, they are running for state legislatures, attorney general jobs -- and in the case of Mr. Beeker, for a slot on a state public utility commission (Meckler, 3/19).

The Wall Street Journal: Republican Strategists Split: Focus On 2014 Or 2016?
Some Republicans argue that with President Barack Obama's poll numbers sinking and his health-care law unpopular, the party is on course for big House and Senate gains this fall. The worst thing the party could do, they say, is to take up contentious matters such as an immigration overhaul or some social issues, which would divide the party and could prompt GOP voters to stay home. But others say the party has become too risk-averse. It needs to take steps now, they say, to reverse the party's losing record in the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections and start appealing to the more diverse electorate that will turn out for the 2016 election (Meckler and Reinhard, 3/19).

Also in the news, Medicare Advantage ads -

USA Today: Reports, Experts Dispute Medicare Advantage Ads
Claims made in a recent series of TV ads by the trade group for American insurance companies are disputed by the chief federal Medicare watchdog organization and the companies' own corporate filings, a USA TODAY analysis shows (Kennedy, 3/19).

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