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Ads to start running against 24 Republicans who voted to repeal ObamaCare

There are 24 House Republicans representing swing districts who voted in favor of the American Health Care Act, and their constituents are about to be reminded of this multiple times a day.

Save My Care, a health-care advocacy group that opposes the Republicans' health-care bill that mostly repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act, is launching a $500,000 ad campaign this week targeting members of Congress like Rep. Martha McSally (Ariz.), Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), and Rep. David Brat (Va.). The ads start off with a photo of the appropriate member of Congress and the words "voted for disastrous health care repeal bill" underneath their face.

The ads, which will run on television and online, mention that the American Medical Association, AARP, and American Cancer Society are all against the bill, and that the Congressional Budget Office found that an earlier version of the bill would cause 24 million Americans to lose their health coverage over the next 10 years. The spots end with a question: "How could you do this to us?" The bill passed the House with 217 votes, one more than necessary, and now heads to the Senate. Catherine Garcia