The decision to pull the Republicans’ health care bill Friday not only messed up many in the GOP’s plans, but also made for some unfortunately-timed TV spots.
A Republican-supporting PAC ran ads during basketball games and sports coverage Friday night thanking several Republicans for voting to repeal and replace Obamacare. The only problem? A vote didn’t happen.
The American Action Network PAC ran the ads, reported first by Deadspin, during NCAA March Madness games and coverage, thanking members of congress including Rep. David Young (R-IA), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for voting for the American Health Care Act. That, of course didn’t happen.
Additionally, Young had also apparently pledged to vote against the bill if it came to a vote.
“Republicans are keeping their promise, with a new plan for better health care,” one advertisement said. “More choices and lower costs, putting doctors and patients in charge again. Thank Congressman Will Hurd for keeping his promise and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the better healthcare you deserve.”
The American Action Network PAC has kept mum about the ads, keeping them up on its YouTube page, so it’s not clear if the ads ran accidentally or if there was not time to change it. The group did not respond immediately to TPM’s request for comment, but the group did release a statement about the GOP’s pulling of the bill.
“President Trump and Speaker Ryan deserve tremendous credit for their leadership and fortitude in taking this issue head on knowing at the outset that it would be extremely challenging, but required action because of the skyrocketing health care costs under the disastrous Obamacare law, which is hurting millions of hardworking American families,” the statement reads “Moving forward, AAN will continue to work aggressively to promote the center-right policies of the President and conservatives in Congress because we believe that is what makes our country more prosperous and more secure.”
Watch one ad below: