Any Republican who is up for re-election in 2018 is in deep, deep trouble.
The GOP agenda just got a devastating blow – America’s largest coalition for senior citizens has announced plans to unleash a devastating ad campaign targeted at the Republicans who are trying to destroy the health care system.
President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are waging a war against older Americans and now seniors are fighting back in a huge way.
The AARP has launched a seven-figure TV ad buy pressuring five Republican senators to oppose the House’s healthcare bill.
The powerful lobbying group for seniors is targeting GOP Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska).
The group, which consists of nearly 38 million members, has been vocal in its opposition to the House GOP healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, saying the bill would make coverage more expensive and unaffordable for older people.
For instance, the bill lets insurers charge older adults five times more than younger people, while ObamaCare restricted carriers to only charging older adults three times more. AARP has blasted that provision as an “age tax.”
Additionally, the group says the bill weakens protections for those with pre-existing conditions and Medicare.
“Older Americans are very worried about the cost of their health insurance,” Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president, said in a statement. “AARP is taking a strong stand against the American Health Care Act for one simple reason: it is a bad bill.”
The ad buy comes as Republican senators are working to craft an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill that can get through the upper chamber after the House narrowly passed its legislation earlier this month.
A reconciliation bill — the fast-track budget maneuver the GOP is using to avoid a Democratic filibuster — only needs 51 votes to pass. However, Republicans in the Senate have a slim 52-48 majority and have vowed major changes on the House legislation.
With nearly 40 million members across America, the AARP is a serious force in American politics.
Seniors are a crucial voting bloc for the Republicans and the Republicans won’t stand a chance in the upcoming elections if they don’t have support from older Americans.
The Republicans put themselves in this situation by trying to destroy our health care system. They are getting exactly what they deserve!
Read more, from Liberal Speak’s previous coverage:
Paul Ryan and the rest of the Republicans in Congress just made the biggest mistake of their political careers.
The U.S. House on Wednesday gave approval to the RyanCare 2.0 bill, which will destroy the Affordable Care Act and endanger millions of Americans’ health care. The bad news for Republicans is that 38 million angry seniors are preparing to take revenge on them.
Seniors citizens are the Republicans’ most important voter group. If older Americans turn against the GOP like it appears they will, that could spell the end of the Republican Party once and for all.
The American Association of Retired People represents more than 37 million older Americans, reaching every state in the U.S. The group’s leaders say they’re launching a massive campaign to inform and activate their millions of members around the country.
“We promised to hold members of Congress accountable for their vote on this bill. True to our promise, AARP is now letting its 38 million members know how their elected Representative voted on this health bill in The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications,” a top AARP executive said in a statement.