David and Charles Koch are two conservative billionaires who fund a network of groups dedicated to limited government and free markets.
They have constantly advocated for the complete and total repeal of Obamacare.
And two of their groups made a major announcement that threw a monkey wrench in Paul Ryan’s plan to keep Obamacare in place.
The Koch-aligned Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners have announced a multi-million dollar fund to protect Republicans who oppose Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 legislation.
These groups stand with conservatives who are insisting on full repeal of Obamacare.
Ryan’s legislation keeps the Obamacare taxes and regulations in place.
The Washington Post reports:
“Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, the two political action hubs of the Koch donor network, announced Wednesday night that they had a “seven-figure fund” ready to help Republicans who reject the American Health Care Act.
The fund will supplement an ongoing online campaign that’s thanking lawmakers who’ve promised to oppose the bill, which they say retains too many elements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“In seven years, we have never wavered in our commitment to a full repeal of this disastrous law,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. “We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact. We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise.”
The Koch brothers stepped up to the plate after establishment groups aligned with Paul Ryan (http://www.americanpatriotdaily.com/latest/paul-ryans-conservatives-accusing-him-of-betrayal/) began running ads in districts of conservative House members who opposed Obamacare 2.0.
The Washington Post reports on the establishment’s ad campaign:
“The seven-figure fund, which made headlines Wednesday night, is actually dwarfed by the money a pro-AHCA group has spent to shore up “yes” votes. The American Action Network, a 501(c)4 that backs GOP leaders in the House, has spent more than $10 million on TV ads, mailers and billboards echoing the party’s messaging, portraying the AHCA as a conservative “patient-centered” bill that will fulfill 2016 campaign promises.
But those ads have had little apparent effect. Polling has found the AHCA to be even less popular than the ACA when it was passed, and some of the AAN’s ads tell voters to thank members of Congress who have since come out against the bill, such as Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa).”
Since the establishment’s ad campaign failed to sway votes, conservatives worry the party elites will threaten conservatives with primary challengers to pressure them into voting for Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 legislation.
Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partner’s announcement of a seven-figure fund to defend conservatives will negate the establishment’s threat of primary challengers.