Ryan-backed group to GOP: Time for action on healthcare

The political nonprofit organization aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan has a message for Republican opponents of the party’s health care bill: Voters want action and it’s time to get on board.

In a six-figure digital advertising buy launched Monday, American Action Network is targeting nearly 30 Republican-held House districts to encourage support for the American Health Care Act ahead of a crucial Thursday vote. “Tell Congress it’s time for better health care,” the ad says. “Pass the American Health Care Act.”

The spot targets a mix of Republican opponents and supporters of the politically charged proposal, as President Trump and House GOP leaders scramble to negotiate changes to the legislation that can mollify both conservative and moderate critics, and win enough votes to send the AHCA to the Senate.

To motivate the competing Republican factions to reach consensus, Trump and Ryan are presenting Thursday’s scheduled vote as a choice between leaving Obamacare in place, or fulfilling the promise they have made — seven years running — to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health reform law.

“As conservatives, this is the moment we have been fighting for over the past eight years. It’s time to pass President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s conservative health care plan that will provide access to quality, affordable health care for all,” AAN executive director Corry Bliss said in a statement.

The AHCA has faced headwinds because of opposition from conservative insurgents and Republican pragmatists. The insurgents want a radical overhaul that is more market driven, but pragmatists worry that the new law would leave middle and lower class Americans without health insurance they have been able to obtain under Obamacare.

AAN has spent more than $10 million since Jan. 1 pushing the Republican repeal and replace effort. House lawmakers targeted in the latest round of advertising include:

Martha McSally of Arizona; Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Knight, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa of California; Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Peter Roskam of Illinois; Rod Blum of Iowa; Erik Paulsen of Minnesota; Don Bacon of Nebraska; Leonard Lance of New Jersey; Greg Walden of Oregon; Ryan Costello, Pat Meehan and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Will Hurd, and Pete Sessions of Texas; Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Dave Reichert of Washington.

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