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Barrow hit by Congressional Leadership Fund on Medicare

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow

One day after getting a shoutout from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the group’s latest video, Blue Dog Democratic Rep. John Barrow is today being targeted by a pro-GOP Super PAC.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), which operates to maintain and expand the current House GOP majority, included Barrow as one of the eleven Democrats targeted in its latest effort.

According to write-up by The Hill, the digital-based campaign will use “paid social media and search advertising” to hit the eleven Democrats over “potential cuts to Medicare Advantage.”

“Democrats infamously promised that if you liked your healthcare plan, you could keep it under Obamacare,” stated the group’s Communications Director, Dan Conston, in a press release emailed to the Tipsheet.

“Now with millions of seniors likely forced off plans it’s becoming painfully clear President Obama and Congressman Barrow have broken their promise. Seniors deserve an explanation from Congressman Barrow why his healthcare bill is hurting them and breaking its promise.”

The Associated Press recently reported that Medicare Advantage could possibly face “steeper than expected” cuts to maintain funding, and the Health and Human Services Department proposed a 2.2 percent payment cut, which is set for finalization in April.

This marks the second time that the CLF has targeted Democrats over the issue.

Though he voted against the original law twice, once in 2009 and again in 2010, Barrow has voted against Republican-led efforts at repealing the controversial healthcare law, citing his preference for dismantling certain portions of the law instead of what he dubbed the “all or nothing proposition” of full repeal.

-Brandon Howell