Republicans running in the midterm elections have mentioned the Affordable Care Act in their ads far less than they have in the past, HuffPost reports.
Net spending on ads against Obamacare amounts to less than $10 million in this election cycle. In 2012 and 2014, roughly $25 million was spent on anti-Obamacare. In 2016, that number jumped to almost $50 million.
Net spending on ads supporting Obamacare, on the other hand, has followed roughly the same trend. In 2012 and 2014, less than $10 million was spent on pro-Obamacare ads. That amount jumped in 2016, but still fell short of $10 million. So far this cycle, net spending on pro-Obamacare ads is just under the amount spent on anti-Obamacare ads.
The number of ads has also decreased; though anti-Obamacare ads highly outnumber pro-Obamacare ads. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein told the Post that the party has felt emboldened on the issue due to the GOP's failure to enact their plan to repeal and replace the law, as they vowed to do during the 2016 elections.
"We see health care as the defining issue of the 2018 midterms," Bergstein said. "The Republican health care agenda is incredibly toxic with voters of every political persuasion."
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