WASHINGTON — A coalition of Democratic groups and progressive bloggers launched a new campaign on Thursday focusing attention on Republican members of Congress who voted to repeal health care reform while getting their own coverage on the taxpayer’s dime.
The line has become a common refrain as the Affordable Care Act comes under attack. And so, on its face, the push by Americans United for Change, along with Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, Hullabaloo and Down with Tyranny is not particularly unique. The groups are coordinating with ten state-based blogs to help fund and publicize the ads. On an unrelated note, the Public Campaign Action Fund, which monitors the influence of money in politics, put up its own set of ads on Thursday targeting Republicans for doing the bidding of insurance companies in their effort to repeal the health care bill.
What’s more interesting is the macro politics behind the campaign. For the past year, the progressive blogosphere has been one of the loudest soundboards for Democratic frustration, not just with the president but with the contours of his health care law as well. The perception of disaffection was always a bit overstated — many prominent bloggers supported the health care legislation in its final incarnation — but it was certainly a reoccurring theme leading up to the 2010 elections.