GOP senators must keep their promises to repeal ObamaCare
© Greg Nash

As the Senate moves to take up ObamaCare repeal, the conventional wisdom among Washington elites is that the legislation will “move to the left” — that is, it will leave more of ObamaCare intact, and cost more than the American Health Care Act that passed the House last week. That’s odd, given previous declarations by key senators who will be involved in drafting the legislation. Do the Washington elites simply assume that key GOP senators are all liars, or that they will deliberately break campaign promises made for years?

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Rather than assign the task of drafting legislation to the committees of jurisdiction — the Finance Committee and the HELP Committee — Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: CBO predicts 22M would lose coverage under Senate ObamaCare replacement OPINION | GOP healthcare attack is a vendetta against President Obama Fox News personality: GOP healthcare plan says ‘ideology is less important than victory' MORE has appointed a working group of 13 GOP senators spanning the ideological spectrum of his conference to fashion a repeal bill that can garner the votes of at least 50 senators.

 

Each of the 13 Senators on the working group is on record as calling for the full repeal of ObamaCare:

  • Speaking to CPAC in 2013, McConnell himself firmly declared, “ObamaCare should be repealed root and branch."
  • Sen. Pat Toomey, speaking on Philadelphia radio two days after the 2016 election, said of ObamaCare repeal, “It absolutely has to get done in the first year … We promised that to the American people. It’s the right thing to do.”

So which one of these 13 GOP senators do the Washington elites believe to be liars?

In the spring of 2014, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund — the Super PAC affiliated with Tea Party Patriots — endorsed conservative challengers in primary elections against several incumbent GOP Senators across the country. We worked hard, but came up short. Nevertheless, when we looked at the choices facing us in that fall’s general elections, our supporters told us they wanted us to support the GOP candidates who had defeated our challengers, largely based on their down-the-line promises to repeal ObamaCare.

We helped deliver the Senate to the GOP. We helped change Sen. McConnell’s title from “Minority Leader” to “Majority Leader.” And in 2016, we helped Senate Republicans maintain their majority, again largely on the basis of their pledges to repeal ObamaCare.

On ObamaCare repeal, the ball is now in their court. We expect them to score.

Jenny Beth Martin is president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.


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