Republican groups in multiple states are attacking Democrats over single-payer healthcare in an effort to disrupt their momentum before the midterm elections, NBC News reports.
"California has the surf, the beach, the nightlife, the Golden Gate," intones a narrator in an ad from the Republican Governors Association. "But California also has high taxes, crazy regulations that destroy jobs and radical ideas like single-payer health care."
The ad is running in Colorado, where Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jared Polis is running to unseat Republican Gov. Walker Stapleton. His fellow Democratic candidates in Florida, California and Maryland are all running on single-payer health care.
"The more people that are part of a plan, the more negotiating leverage we would have with providers and pharmaceutical companies to achieve better rates," Polis said in an interview with NBC News.
An ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund claims that Kentucky Democratic candidate Amy McGrath "would eliminate employer-provided health insurance," despite the fact that McGrath’s website states that she doesn’t support a single-payer plan, and thinks that it would "put our healthcare system into massive upheaval."
"Medicare for All is essentially government takeover of the health insurance business," Jeff Hays, who chairs the Colorado Republican Party, told NBC News. "By every assessment that you see, it is wildly expensive and Jared Polis is not telling you how he is going to pay for it."
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