For the first time since 2010, Republicans really, really don’t want to have to be running on health care. Since talking about Obamacare repeal is far too dangerous in 2018, they’re resorting to the tried and true: lies. Whether it’s about what Democrats intend to do with health care, or what Republicans have been doing for almost 10 years, they lie.
Democratic challengers in swing districts are being hit with an onslaught of ads saying that they are all trying to take grandma’s Medicare away by supporting socialized medicine. When they’re not. Even Politico says that the ads “range from misleading to outright false.” The campaign manager for Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath says the ad Paul Ryan’s PAC is running against here is “bullshit. […] These are just ridiculous lies.” And Republican strategist Ford O’Connell admits it, saying that clearly Democrats have the advantage on health care “So now you’re watching the Republicans sort of move the goalposts.”
That doesn’t mean that they’re not recycling the old Obamacare talking points. The ads the NRCC is running against challengers say that Democrats support “government takeover of health care,” and to “end Medicare as we know it.” Scaring seniors, their most reliable voting base, will always be their go-to strategy.