Andy Kim launched a new ad on Thursday, aiming to take advantage of a vulnerability MacArthur created for himself last year, when he penned and pushed an amendment to congressional Republican’s doomed health bill, the American Health Care Act.
MacArthur, who was one of only two New Jersey congressional delegates to vote in favor of the bill, the other being retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.
“217 Republicans voted yes. All of us must hold them accountable. This is Tom MacArthur. He wrote the bill and took over $400,000 from drug and insurance special interests,” Kim says in the 30-second spot.
The bill, which died in the Senate after passing House, received low marks from voters, who worried about provisions within the bill that would reduce Affordable Care Act protections for people with pre-existing conditions in addition to elimination a handful of the health program’s other popular provisions.
Republicans have yet to revive that plan or take another run at an ACA repeal, and MacArthur said earlier this week that, given the politics of the issue, it’s unlikely Republicans will take another pass at the problem.
While those issues are fairly cut and dry, at least in hindsight, it’s less clear where Kim’s camp is getting the $400,000 figure.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, MacArthur has received $290,046 in donations from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries this cycle, with $215,583 of that figure coming from industry PACs.