Heritage Action for America, a public advocacy group connected to the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation, is launching a “Defund Obamacare” campaign.
As part of their effort, Heritage Action will spend $550,000 on online ads in 100 Republican-controlled districts urging those representatives to defund the president’s healthcare law before it fully goes into effect on January 1.
It’s part of an ongoing intra-party conflict between Republicans who are willing to force a government shutdown over Obamacare and those who aren’t.
The four Pennsylvania Reps. being targeted are Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne), Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), Bill Shuster (R-Blair) and GT Thompson (R-Centre).
Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative think tank, says those members are being targeted because they have yet to sign on to a letter saying they support the defund first approach.
“The American people may have been locked out of the legislative process that gave us Obamacare, but they will be the force behind stopping this unworkable, unaffordable law. Congress should seize the moment and defund the entire law,” said Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham.
How effective this campaign will be, however, remains to be seen. $550,000 spread over 100 districts only comes to $5,500 to each member, not an especially impressive sum.
And the effort seems to concede the votes of the Pa. members least likely to support Heritage’s position: eastern Pa. Reps. Charlie Dent, Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, and Mike Fitzpatrick.
Heritage Action is ultimately attempting a show of strength that they hope will allow defunding Obamacare to become a part of the negotiations slated to take place in the fall concerning funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, however, threw cold water on this plan earlier this month in an interview with the National Journal. Additionally, Senator McCain stated any effort to bring Obamacare into the fall showdown would be a “non-starter”.