Conservatives Won Major Improvements to the American Health Care Act

Doug Sachtleben - May 04th, 2017

“Without changes negotiated by House conservatives, countless Americans would be assured of still paying more for health insurance in 2018 and 2019.”


Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released this statement following House passage of the American Health Care Act:


“Republicans owe a debt of gratitude to conservatives for greatly improving the AHCA and getting Obamacare repeal on a path that will finally offer the chance to lower insurance costs for millions of Americans,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Two months ago the AHCA was going nowhere, precisely because it didn’t address the GOP promise to go after the drivers of higher costs. But, conservatives negotiated major improvements in the repeal of Obamacare’s taxes, the ending of the Medicaid expansion, and the opportunity to cut consumer costs by letting states waive onerous Obamacare regulations. Without those changes, the AHCA would have left countless Americans still paying more for their health insurance in 2018 and 2019. The work of House conservatives, and the ongoing work of Senate conservatives, will continue to move us toward Obamacare repeal and replacement.”


A summary of improvements to the AHCA can be found here.

How Conservatives Improved the American Health Care Act

Doug Sachtleben - May 04th, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 6, 2017. It was touted as a bill to “end the Obamacare nightmare and give Americans access to truly affordable, quality health coverage.”


Unfortunately, the AHCA fell far short of those lofty ideals.


House Republicans had passed a stronger Obamacare repeal in January 2016, with 239 Republicans voting “Yes,” and only three liberal Republicans voting “No.” At that time, in 2016, Speaker Ryan said, “We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law. Obamacare will be gone.”


That was the pledge Republicans, led by President Trump, campaigned on in 2016. As the promised fulfillment to that pledge, the AHCA was fundamentally flawed, especially in its failure to address the key drivers of rising insurance premium costs.


The Club for Growth immediately engaged on the issue. The attached timeline lays out some of the meetings, calls, and action steps we took to urge conservatives in Congress and the Trump Administration to quickly address the many problems with the AHCA.


House Republican leaders remained reluctant to make significant changes to the AHCA, and it was pulled from the House floor by leadership on March 24, 2017. The Club for Growth responded with a memo that said, in part, “The conservatives and moderates who opposed the plan should start by meeting together to see what common ground they have.”


Our proposal became the plan that conservatives and moderates followed, and now we are closer than ever to seeing the House vote on a bill that has been dramatically improved.


Because conservatives, including members of the House Freedom Caucus, remained at the negotiating table with the Trump Administration and House leadership, they were successful in bringing much-needed improvements to the AHCA. A summary of those improvements follows.




Memo to the GOP: Millions of Americans Are Still Waiting for Affordable Health Insurance

Doug Sachtleben - May 03rd, 2017

“The AHCA is not a perfect bill, but it does offer means that would make health insurance more affordable for working-class families.”


Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about the current status of health care reform in the House of Representatives:


“As health care reform is being driven into a ditch by misinformed polls, slanted news coverage, and painful and emotional personal stories, this fact is being lost: Millions of Americans who have been buying their own health insurance have experienced annual double-digit premium increases, and they can’t afford the weak coverage they’ve gotten under Obamacare,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The American Health Care Act is not a perfect bill, and we’ve been vocal about our criticisms, but let’s be clear: It does offer means that would make health insurance more affordable for working-class families. It does preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and it does create a new high-risk pool structure to ensure that even the most chronically ill patients are protected. Conservatives have worked hard to get to a place where more Americans will finally get the benefit of being able to choose more coverage that won’t shatter their budgets, and it’s time to pass the bill and send it on to the Senate.”

2016 Defenders of Economic Freedom

Doug Sachtleben - May 02nd, 2017

This year, 31 Members of Congress will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom award. Starting in 2011, the Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90 or better on votes cast in a year, but to also maintain a lifetime rating of at least 90.

Amash * Lee, M.  *
Blackburn Paul
Brat Sasse *
Bridenstine Toomey
Buck *
Sanford *
Stutzman *


* Indicates Members who obtained a 100% in 2016


Club for Growth Praises Trump Tax Plan

Doug Sachtleben - April 28th, 2017

Club President David McIntosh joined the Fox Business Network on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump Administration laid out the framework of the President’s tax cut proposal.