Club for Growth to target moderate Republicans for stalled ObamaCare repeal

Club for Growth to target moderate Republicans for stalled ObamaCare repeal
© Greg Nash

The conservative Club for Growth will launch a million-dollar ad campaign targeting moderate Republicans in 10 House districts over the GOP's failed ObamaCare repeal effort. 

The ad buy, announced Monday on a call with reporters, will launch in two phases with a national campaign starting on Tuesday and targeted ads in 10 House districts launching on Thursday. 

The Club for Growth will air ads against moderate Republicans they blame for the holdup on an ObamaCare repeal bill, including Reps. Chris Collins (N.Y.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.).

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"Our message is come on board and meet this promise you and your party had made," Club for Growth President David McIntosh said during the call. 

The group declined to name the other eight Republicans it will launch ads against but said the lawmakers will be called out by name in the ads. 

House Republicans’ American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor last month, once it became apparent it did not have enough support to pass. 

Both moderates and conservatives opposed the bill for different reasons — moderates want to keep some of ObamaCare’s insurer mandates, while conservatives want to scrap them completely.

That made it hard to reach consensus on a bill. 

The Club for Growth and other conservative groups have largely blamed moderates for the holdup, pushing them to keep the party's promise to repeal ObamaCare. 

To appeal to conservatives, Vice President Pence last week offered to ax three of ObamaCare's insurer mandates: guaranteed issue, which requires insurers cover everybody; community rating, which requires insurers charge everyone the same price for coverage; and essential health benefits, which mandates which services insurers must cover. 

Conservatives argue those provisions drive up the costs of health insurance, but moderates have expressed concern that eliminating those protections would increase costs for sick people.

The House adjourned last week for a two-week recess without making any progress on another a healthcare vote. But McIntosh said talks are ongoing and "there could be movement at any moment." 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned members last week that they could be called back early to vote on a healthcare bill.