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Koch-Funded Group Uses Health Law To Target 3 Democrats

A political group backed by Charles and David Koch will target three of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for election next year by focusing on their support of the health care law, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, Democrats are assessing whether President Barack Obama's proposed fix allowing canceled policies to be extended provides cover for vulnerable lawmakers.

The New York Times' The Caucus: Koch Brothers' Group Uses Health Care Law To Attack Democrats
Americans for Prosperity, the political group backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is targeting three of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats who are up for re-election next year. The group’s efforts are part of a new $3.5 million attack advertising campaign that hammers lawmakers for supporting President Obama’s health care law. The senators -- Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana -- are all from conservative-leaning states that voted to elect Mitt Romney in 2012. The ads will start running in those states on Wednesday (Peters, 11/19).

Politico: Harry Reid Between Affordable Care Act And Vulnerable Democrats
Reid and his leadership team are assessing how Obama's proposed administrative fix to allow individuals to keep canceled insurance plans for one year plays in GOP-friendly states like Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina -- where key Democratic incumbents are up for reelection next year, leadership aides said. The hope is that the fix may blunt a recent nose dive in public approval of Obamacare (Everett and Kim, 11/19).

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