A powerful network of conservative donors, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, have vowed financial support to House Republicans in their 2018 reelection races — if they vote against the health-care bill backed by the Trump administration.
The seven-figure reserve fund by the groups Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced Wednesday night, will be spent on media advertising, direct-mail fliers and grassroots canvassing, and may appeal to on-the-fence Republicans worried about President Donald Trump’s veiled threat that they’ll lose their primary races in 2018 if they oppose the bill.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the House Freedom Caucus said it had 30 to 40 legislators who opposed the bill, more than enough to ensure its defeat. The bill is scheduled to be voted on Thursday night.
The Kochs’ network opposes the heal-care overhaul because they don’t think it dismantles so-called Obamacare enough, a view shared by dozens of conservative House members.
“Republicans have been promising to fully repeal Obamacare since it became law. This bill doesn’t do that,” Freedom Partners executive vice president James Davis, said, according to Politico. “We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation.”