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Conservative Advocacy Group Wants Moderate Republicans To Support Revised Health-Care Bill
Updated April 12, 2017 11:20 AM
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(WASHINGTON) - A fiscally conservative advocacy group is launching an advertising campaign aimed at convincing moderate House Republicans to support the revised Obamacare repeal and replacement bill that is being drafted.

"There are a few moderates that have worked to thwart these efforts. Our message in this ad is come on board; keep the promise that you and our party have made to finally repeal Obamacare and lower health care insurance costs for Americans across the board," former Indiana Republican Congressman and Club for Growth president David McIntosh said during a press call on Monday.

Bryan Renbaum of Talk Media New reports, the Club for Growth this week will allocate $1 million for both national and targeted persuasion efforts.

McIntosh said Congressmen Chris Collins (N.Y.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) are included among the moderate Republicans opposed to an amendment that would allow states to opt out of certain provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act that have been associated with rising premium costs.

The House Rules Committee marked up the amendment on Thursday.

Further action is expected when Congress returns from its two-week recess on April 24.

Vice President Mike Pence has played an active role in negotiations between the conservative House Freedom Caucus and more moderate members of the GOP.

Last month House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was forced to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor after learning that the bill did not have sufficient support to pass.

Freedom Caucus members led the charge in defeating the legislation, which they said was too similar to the Affordable Care Act.

Several moderate Republicans also opposed the bill.

Democrats are opposed to repealing the ACA and instead have tried to convince Republicans to work toward fixing problems associated with the law. Democrats have not offered a replacement plan.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) two weeks ago said he intends to introduce legislation that would lay the groundwork for universal health coverage in the United States.



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