Washington (CNN) – Starting Wednesday, Republicans will start hitting Democrats on the campaign trail with the same criticism they've leveled at President Barack Obama in the past few days: "false promises" when it comes to health care.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to release ads highlighting discrepancies over what voters were promised the Affordable Care Act would offer.
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan," the president repeated in speeches and weekly addresses in the run-up to Congress passing the bill in 2010.
However, an insurance industry source told CNN on Monday that the vast majority of Americans who have purchased coverage on the individual market will find their policies changed or even canceled under Obamacare rules.
On Capitol Hill, a top House Democrat told reporters on Tuesday that his party "should have been more precise" when making the pledge about people keeping coverage they liked. "I think preciseness would have been better," said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
Precise or not, having Democratic opponents who knew that not everyone would be able to keep their insurance and yet promised they would might make easy material for their opponents in the 2014 elections.
With a number of Senate seats up for grabs, these ads could make the difference for voters grappling with a confusing health care system that, so far, has offered more questions than answers.
Some of the upcoming Senate seat races the NRSC has its eye on include Rep. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, who is running to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who narrowly beat Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and faces a tough re-election.
Targets also include:
- Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, considered one of the more vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year
- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, in a state that's turning increasingly red.
- Sen. Mark Pryor, D- Arkansas, facing a tough re-election battle against popular Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.
The NRSC also plans to target Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the chamber; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire; and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, who are also up for re-election next year.
CNN's Cassie Spodak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story