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Even as Obamacare sits on the chopping block, two Obama administration officials have backed an effort to run the ads anyway. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Republicans won control of the federal government on their promise to repeal Obamacare. A preliminary step toward that goal, President Trump cancelled last minute ads encouraging people to sign up for the healthcare law before the Jan. 31 deadline for enrollment.

But progressives are having a hard time letting go. Even as the law sits on the chopping block, two Obama administration officials have backed an effort to run the ads anyway.

Both Andy Slavitt, former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Josh Peck, the Chief Marketing Officer for healthcare.gov, have partnered with DSPolitical to get the infomercials on air.

Both played key roles in getting the Affordable Care Act airborne. The bureaucratic architect, Slavitt (a former executive at UnitedHealth) is largely credited with saving the teetering healthcare law from collapse in 2012. A marketing guru, Peck worked to make the unwieldy entitlement attractive to younger consumers.

The two have backed the effort of big data giant DSPolitical to run the ads anyway. They’ve donated to a GoFundMe campaign to cover cost. Slavitt and Peck are both listed as top donors and, as of Monday morning, the effort had raised more than $3,300.

While ideologically consistent, the whole effort seems imprudent. Republicans are promising to repeal and replace during Trump’s first 200 days in office. It’s almost as if the two Obamacare officers are urging the uninsured to rush into a crumbling structure right before it collapses.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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