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Moderate Republicans Are Stopping Obamacare Repeal… Again

Doug Sachtleben - April 05th, 2017

“This is big-government liberalism at work among House Republicans and Speaker Ryan is letting them run his conference.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after Republican moderates in the House torpedoed a deal to repeal Obamacare:

“The left wing among House Republicans doesn’t want to compromise or keep their pledge to voters to repeal Obamacare,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “They’ve rejected deals that would give Americans more choices for cheaper health insurance, and now they won’t even allow states the chance to scale back Obamacare’s costliest regulations. Conservatives, including the Club for Growth, were willing to accept the latest deal that would let states seek regulation waivers, but moderates want Obamacare largely left intact. This is big-government liberalism at work among House Republicans and Speaker Ryan is letting them run his conference. The Speaker needs to stand up to the moderates who are putting the GOP’s 2018 future in jeopardy by undermining President Trump’s Obamacare repeal promise.”

Three Steps the American People Want in Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - March 30th, 2017

“We’re glad to see Speaker Ryan is ready to work with conservatives to improve Obamacare repeal, and to bring back competition and lower health insurance costs.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was open to “improvements” to the health care bill:

“We are glad to see Speaker Paul Ryan is ready to work with conservatives to improve Obamacare repeal, and to bring back competition and lower health insurance costs, just as President Trump promised. To do that, the repeal effort needs to include these core principles that will drive down the cost of health insurance:

  • Interstate competition in the House or Senate version
  • The rollback of more costly Obamacare insurance regulations, which will lead to savings in federal spending on tax credits
  • Handling pre-existing conditions with state high-risk pools

“If House leadership remains stuck on an Obamacare bill that does not deal with these issues, Republicans will pay the price in 2018 when health care costs are continuing to spike upward,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Polls show that the American people overwhelmingly rejected last week’s flawed House bill. House conservatives are working to fix it, and Speaker Ryan needs to ensure that the House bill is focused on the priorities of the American people.”

Club for Growth on the Way Forward for Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - March 24th, 2017

“Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that there would be no vote on his health care bill:

“There is a way forward: Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Unite Obamacare repeal with the repeal of Obamcare regulations, and add in the free-market, cost-saving reforms that the president campaigned on, including interstate competition. Give the House a straight up-or-down vote on THAT measure. Republican voters will rally behind it with overwhelming support, and the Senate can take it up and address its rules.”

“President Trump was elected because millions of Americans wanted a full repeal of Obamacare, followed by free-market health care reform that would give them competition, choice, and lower prices. This bill became a Frankenstein meant to appease the insurance industry and Republicans who really want to keep parts of Obamacare. Now’s the time to do it right.”

Club for Growth Launches Half-Million-Dollar Ad Campaign Urging House Members to Oppose RyanCare

Doug Sachtleben - March 21st, 2017

Anti-RyanCare TV and digital ads to run in the districts of ten House Republicans

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about a new Club for Growth TV and digital ad campaign that urges members of Congress to oppose RyanCare:

“The RyanCare bill fails to keep President Trump’s promises of interstate competition and health insurance deregulation,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Republicans promised a bill that would stop Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and replace them with free-market reforms that will increase health insurance competition and drive down costs. RyanCare fails on those counts and that’s why the Club is letting millions of constituents know that their Representative should reject RyanCare.”

The Club for Growth is encouraged by changes in the bill that have been proposed by the Trump Administration, but House leadership has not gone far enough with those changes.

A sample of the Club’s new ad can be seen here and will run on TV and digital platforms March 20-22, with a total ad buy of at least $500,000. It will run in the districts of the following House members:

  • Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
  • Tom MacArthur (NJ-3)
  • *John Katko (NY-24)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
  • Rob Wittman (VA-1)
  • *Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
  • Peter King (NY-2)
  • Charlie Dent (PA-15)
  • Darrell Issa (CA-49)
  • Don Bacon (NE-2)

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Club for Growth Thanks Reps Sanford, Brat, & Palmer for Opposing RyanCare

Doug Sachtleben - March 16th, 2017

“It makes no sense for Speaker Ryan and Chairman Diane Black to force GOP lawmakers to walk the plank on a bill that they’ve already admitted needs to be changed.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after Representatives Mark Sanford (SC-01), Dave Brat (VA-07), and Gary Palmer (AL-06) voted against RyanCare in the House Budget Committee:

“It makes no sense for Speaker Ryan and Chairman Diane Black to force GOP lawmakers to walk the plank and vote for a bad bill that they’ve already admitted needs to be changed,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Today’s vote shows why we need Congressmen Sanford, Brat, and Palmer on the Budget Committee. Their principled courage will be vital as the committee votes to pass President Trump’s fiscally-conservative spending cuts.”

The Club for Growth opposes RyanCare because it fails to fully and immediately repeal Obamacare and leaves out free-market reforms. RyanCare will put a Republican seal of approval on Obamacare and will drive up premium prices, pushing health care reform in exactly the opposite direction from what the GOP campaigned on.

Instead of pushing it through committees, Speaker Ryan should give the House a vote on the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, and incorporate free-market reforms like interstate competition that will actually give consumers choice and lower prices.