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Progressives launch massive campaign targeting Republicans who favor Obamacare repeal

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The Health Care Voter campaign will kick off at more than 125 planned health care protests around the country this weekend. Voters will be asked to fill out a pledge card vowing to vote out members of Congress who vote to get rid of Obamacare. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Progressive groups across the nation are launching their 2018 campaign efforts this weekend.

Their goal? Turn the 2018 midterms into a single-issue election that focuses solely on President Donald Trump's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Health Care Voter campaign will kick off at more than 125 planned health care protests around the country. Voters will be asked to fill out a pledge card vowing to vote out members of Congress who vote to get rid of Obamacare. The campaign will then use the collected contact information to alert voters about planned protests and town hall meetings.

The campaign's launch comes after the Senate voted to debate, predominantly along party lines, the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"This vote is an attack against the most vulnerable people in the nation," a statement from the Women's March said in a tweet. "Millions of families will now lose their health care coverage as a result of the GOP's vicious and dangerous actions."

Other progressive groups jumped at the opportunity to wage attacks on Republican senators.

"Republicans like Sens. Dean Heller and Rob Portman should be ashamed of themselves for ignoring the floods of people calling, protesting, and fighting like hell to keep their health care coverage," NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Houge said in a statement. "The senators who voted to advance this bill yet again demonstrated that they will cast the health and well-being of women and families to the side in order to score points with the fringe elements of their base."

"The American people will not sit by and be taken back to a time where people with pre-existing conditions died of easily treatable diseases, and people paid more for less comprehensive health care," Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the pro-women's equality group UltraViolet, told CNN. "Our lives depend on it, and our senators promised to protect us — now we promise to make sure their constituents know how they voted."

Organizers and participants include:

  • Progressive health care lobbying groups Save My Care, Our Lives on the Line and Health Care for America Now
  • Organizers from the Women's March, Tax March and March for Science
  • Grassroots movements Indivisible, Organizing for Action, Our Revolution
  • Planned Parenthood
  • MoveOn.org
  • Center for American Progress Action Fund

One of the groups, Save My Care, launched radio attack ads targeting Republican Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Cory Gardner (Colo.).

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