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Liberals target skittish Democrats defecting on Obamacare

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Republicans aren't the only ones finding fundraising gold in the Obamacare crash. Now even liberals are figuring out that the disaster can reward them with riches.

MoveOn.org, the progressive activist group, is raising money for a campaign to save Obamacare, in part to bash Democratic critics of the health system.

“There's no sugar-coating it: Obamacare is in serious political trouble. And progressives need to step up and start fighting to save it right now,” said the group in an email to supporters.

The initial goal is to kill a House plan up for a vote today to let Americans keep their current insurance, a slap at Obama’s broken promise.

From MoveOn:

Dear MoveOn member,

There's no sugar-coating it: Obamacare is in serious political trouble. And progressives need to step up and start fighting to save it right now.

Obviously, the law itself is still really good. But it's clear to everyone that rollout has been badly botched — and now Republicans smell blood in the water. They think this is their chance to undo the whole thing. Worse yet, some Democrats in Congress are starting to waver too.

To fight back, we need to push hard on Republicans trying to undermine the law — as well as Democrats thinking about caving. We also need to hold media outlets accountable for spreading false reports about the parts of the law that are working just fine.

But we don't have much time. The House is voting tomorrow on a bill that would gut the whole law, and according to news reports some Democrats might vote for it as well. We're aiming to raise $175,000 to make sure we have enough resources to turn the tide. Can you chip in $3?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to help save Obamacare.

There's no excuse for the problems with the website. We all know that. But the website will be fixed.

And we can't let a bad website undercut the most important expansion of the social safety net since the 1960s.

Already, millions of young adults, people with pre-existing conditions, and low-income Americans have health coverage today because of Obamacare. And millions more will get coverage soon if the law is allowed to keep working.

We'll start by calling out Republicans as well as Democrats who support efforts to delay, defund, or roll back key parts of the law. We'll also counter the Republicans' misinformation campaign by petitioning media outlets to correct their false reports. We're also running ads on Facebook and in college newspapers to reach young people — who are so important to get registered for health insurance.

But the clock is ticking. If we don't shift the momentum soon, it could be too late to save this law we fought so hard for.

Can you contribute $3 to help debunk the right-wing lies about Obamacare?

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Alejandro, David, Linda, and the rest of the team

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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