Ryan-Aligned Group Readies Attack Ads for Critics of O’Care Repeal Bill


As the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act faces a conservative revolt in the House of Representatives over both the bill’s substance and rushed review, an outside lobby group is preparing to drop half a million dollars to pressure skeptical lawmakers to embrace the plan.

The American Action Network, a conservative non-profit closely aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, will spend the money on TV ads in the dissenting lawmakers’ home districts, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Here is one of the ads, targeting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a prominent member of the Freedom Caucus and critic of the bill:

Jordan publicly railed against the bill earlier this week, lamenting its many provisions that preserve or replicate elements of the Affordable Care Act.

“Look, did we promise the American people we were going to repeal Obamacare but keep some of the Obamacare taxes?” he asked Tuesday. “Did we promise the American people we were going to repeal Obamacare but keep and expand Medicaid? And did we promise the American people we were going to repeal Obamacare but create a new entitlement with the fancy name of refundable tax credits? I don’t think we did.”

Here’s the full list of targeted members, according to the American Action Network:

Many previous targets of negative ads by the so-called “dark money” organization—which does not have to reveal its donors—lost their races in 2014, including Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Kay Hagan (D-NC).

Since this January, the group has spent more than $8 million dollars lobbying for the passage of a bill to repeal Obamacare.


Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.