Republicans Spend $1.4 Million to Bully Other Republicans Into Backing Nonexistent Healthcare Plan

If this doesn't perfectly explain what the Republican party of 2017 is all about, I don't know what does.

A GOP-affiliated group is spending more than $1.4 million to run digital and television advertisements that laud a Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act—despite the fact that the party has yet to present any such plan, Roll Call reports.

The ads have been launched by the American Action Network, a conservative advocacy group linked to House GOP leadership. These materials say the unidentified plan will create a health insurance system that has “more choices,” “better care,” and “lower costs” than the ACA. The ads began running Thursday and Friday in districts of vulnerable Republicans, GOP leaders, and “rank-and-file” Republicans from very conservative states. The roll out of the ads coincides with voting in the Senate and House on budget resolution legislation that paves the way for defunding and dismantling the ACA through a budget reconciliation process. The party is expected to go ahead with repealing the ACA despite not having a replacement plan in place.

Note especially where the campaign, initiated by a group tied to House leadership, is focused: "It will target the districts of vulnerable Republicans, members of leadership, committee chairmen and even rank-and-file Republicans in deep red districts."

That includes the districts of members who haven’t always been friendly to leadership, like Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. AAN targeted Jordan in 2015 to urge him to support funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

That's certainly going to make the maniacs fall in line with Speaker Paul Ryan. Republicans are terribly splintered right now, with popular vote loser Donald Trump making outrageous promises that congressional Republicans have no interest in keeping while those same Republicans can come to no agreement on what should be in a plan or even the timing of repealing the existing one. This heavy-handed approach from leadership isn't going to help there.

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