Landrieu trumpets proposed Obamacare fix in first ad

December 11, 2013

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) touts her legislative push to allow Americans losing their health insurance under Obamacare to keep their plans in a new television ad released Wednesday.

The commercial, Landrieu's first of the 2014 cycle, includes footage of an interview in which the Democrat calls on President Obama to live up to his long-standing refrain that all Americans can keep their plans if they so choose.

"What I said to the president is, you told them you could keep it," says Landrieu.

Landrieu is seeking a fourth term in a state Mitt Romney won by 17 points in 2012. The problematic rollout of Obamacare -- including the revelation that some Americans stood to lose their coverage despite what Obama said -- has complicated Landrieu's bid and fueled Republican attacks against her.

The extent to which Landrieu is distancing herself from Obama in her first commercial speaks to her challenge in the state.

Landrieu introduced a measure in the Senate earlier this fall to allow Americans to stay on their plans. Her bill drew support from some Democratic colleagues, but has not progressed to a vote.

After facing an intense backlash, Obama announced an executive fix to clear the way for insurance companies to continue offering health plans that don't meet the requirements of the new law for another year. The end of Landrieu's ad suggests her pressure on the president was part of what led him to announce the change in policy.

Landrieu's team is spending $250,000 to air the ad in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe markets, her campaign said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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