Pro-Begich Ad Embraces Obamacare

Most of the Alaska Democrats’ colleagues have focused instead on fixing the law.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) (R) speaks at a press conference highlighting how veterans are being impacted by the government shutdown with (L-R) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at the U.S. Capitol October 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the event, Tester and others discussed how critical veterans services are being affected by the shutdown. 
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April 10, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

A new TV ad from a su­per PAC that backs Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mark Be­gich is tak­ing an un­usu­al ap­proach to­ward Obama­care — it’s em­bra­cing it.

While fel­low vul­ner­able Demo­crats up for reelec­tion in 2014 high­light their at­tempts to re­move un­pop­u­lar por­tions of the law, a 30-second spot from the pro-Be­gich group Put Alaska First takes a page from the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s play­book and touts an in­di­vidu­al suc­cess story.

The ad fea­tures An­chor­age res­id­ent and breast can­cer sur­viv­or Lisa Keller thank­ing Be­gich for tak­ing on in­sur­ance com­pan­ies and help­ing her re­ceive treat­ment des­pite her preex­ist­ing con­di­tion.

“I was lucky. I beat can­cer. But the in­sur­ance com­pan­ies still denied me health in­sur­ance just be­cause of a preex­ist­ing con­di­tion,” Keller says in the ad. “I now have health in­sur­ance again be­cause of Mark Be­gich. Be­cause he fought the in­sur­ance com­pan­ies, so that we no longer have to.”

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Re­pub­lic­ans have mocked the ad­vice of some top Demo­crats, like Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee Chair­wo­man Debbie Wasser­man Schultz, that their party should run on Obama­care. In Novem­ber, Wasser­man Schultz said, “Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates will be able to run on Obama­care as an ad­vant­age lead­ing in­to the 2014 elec­tion.”

So far, few in­cum­bent Demo­crats are tak­ing her up on that.

In New Hamp­shire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has touted her calls for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to delay cov­er­age fines in light of prob­lems with the plan’s web­site, Health­Care.gov. In Louisi­ana, Sen. Mary Landrieu has run TV ads of her own telling voters she suc­cess­fully fought the pres­id­ent to change un­pop­u­lar pro­vi­sions of the law. 

Cor­rec­tion: An earli­er ver­sion of this story mis­stated where Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is from. She is a sen­at­or from New Hamp­shire.

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