On the eve of a House vote to repeal President Obama's signature health care law, two powerful conservative advocacy groups launched an offensive featuring TV ads in key battleground states and a Washington forum featuring two Republican lawmakers leading the repeal charge.
The efforts help marshal the conservative message ahead of the vote and weave a narrative Republicans are betting will persuade the public to put the GOP in the congressional majority come November.
Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed advocacy group, launched a $2.5 million ad buy in Montana, Ohio and Virginia. The ads urge "action to fight wasteful spending, government debt and ObamaCare." Starting today, the ads will run for 10 days on broadcast and cable networks.
Inside the Beltway, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Rep. Tom Price of Georgia said at an American Action Network-Crossroads GPS event this morning that the law is based on a "flawed premise"-- Congress has put Washington at the heart of the public's health care decisions.
So how are Republicans going to undo it? By painting the law as an "anchor" on the economy and then, they hope, winning in November. Tying the law to the economy is key since voters see that as a top issue in November.
The issue is "now really in the hands of the voters," Barrasso said at the event, moderated by American Action Forum president and former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
An earlier version of this post misstated Holtz-Eakin's current organization. It is the American Action Forum.