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Exclusive: New ad ties vulnerable Democrats to Obamacare's rising costs


"It's done a lot of great things."

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Numbers released by the government show that the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area has signed up 637,514 consumers so far since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, which is more than twice as many as the next large metropolitan area, Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

With the Affordable Care Act set to become even more expensive for Americans, a Republican opposition research PAC has released a video showing just who exactly is to blame.

The two-minute web spot from America Rising PAC meshes more than a dozen prominent Democrats — all 2016 candidates — touting the Obama administration's controversial health care law with recent news coverage of the upcoming extravagant premium hikes that will affect millions of Americans.

"I think this is going to be a great thing politically for the Dems," vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) says in the video first provided to TheBlaze.

"I want to defend the Affordable Care Act," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says at the video's closing. "It's one of the great accomplishments not only of this president, but of the Democratic Party going back to Harry Truman."

Florida Democrat Randy Perkins, a 2016 House contender, unequivocally states, "It's done a lot of great things."

However, with rising premiums and deductibles, President Barack Obama's legacy hasn't done much to dispel Republicans' years-long criticisms of the health care law. The Obama administration confirmed this week that following a 7.2 percent increase in 2016, Affordable Care Act premiums will raise even further by an average of 22-25 percent next year.

Aside from Clinton and Kaine, the ad hits other Democrats in vulnerable or tight races this year, including Senate candidates Rep. Patrick Murphy in Florida and Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania and U.S. House candidate Zephyr Teachout in New York.

"The worst possible news for Democrats came from, of all places, the White House this week when the administration confirmed premiums are skyrocketing across the board," America Rising PAC communications director Jeff Bechdel told TheBlaze. "For the final two weeks of the cycle, Democrats everywhere will be forced to defend the law they support that made health care less affordable for millions of Americans."

Noticeably missing from the ad is Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton who recently called the Affordable Care Act "no longer affordable." Former President Bill Clinton, who said the health care law was "craziest thing in the world," is also absent from the video.

The ad will air over the next two weeks until Election Day as the PAC seeks to tie Democrats "who voted for or supported Obamacare to the disastrous consequences the law has had for millions of Americans," said Bechdel.

"America Rising is committed to making sure voters know that the Democrats in this video and many others are defending this disastrous law," he said.

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has quickly jumped to tie his counterpart to the law's failures.

"Hillary Clinton wants to double down on Obamacare and make it even worse," Trump said earlier this week. "She wants to put the government totally in charge or your health."

Meanwhile, Clinton has promised to work to lower copays, premiums, deductibles and prescription drug costs. She has also promised to boost competition among insurances.

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