Healthcare

The Kochs Say They’ll Defend GOP Reps. From Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Donald Trump made an idle threat to support candidates who challenge Republican congressmen who vote against Trumpcare, but the Koch Brothers say they'll meet that threat.

Duke and Duke say they'll defend representatives from primary challengers.

Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, the Koch network's big budget grass-roots activism and advertising groups, are teaming up to create a "seven-figure" reserve fund to support lawmakers who buck President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the health care vote, as the threat of primaries looms over some opponents of the bill. The Koch groups will spend the money on paid media, direct mail and grass-roots canvassing.

Lest you get the idea that the Kochs are now guardians of decent society, they're vowing to defend congressmen who vote against the bill because they believe it doesn't go far enough.

It's not clear if repealing Obamacare's coverage requirements and committing human sacrifice is enough to appease the Kochs but, in any event, I'll be rooting for a giant meteor to wipe them all out.

  • Aynwrong

  • muselet

    The Koch groups [Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners] argue that the GOP’s bills refundable tax credits to make health coverage more affordable are a new entitlement, that the legislation doesn’t go far enough to repeal insurance mandates or the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-end employer-sponsored health plans, and that it fails to repeal Medicaid expansion quickly enough.

    You know things have taken a turn for the weird when Jason Chaffetz—he of “buy health insurance rather than a smartphone” infamy (quick aside: what the hell is it about the less-than-wealthy having mobile phones that so enrages Rs?)—looks vaguely like a sensible person.

    “Sociopathic” doesn’t even begin to describe David and Charles Koch.

    –alopecia

    • I will never understand billionaires who are so deadset on ensuring that poor and middle class people will suffer. If I was that rich I would be trying to help people up, not do my best to shove them down. It’s madness.

      • muselet

        Especially billionaires like the Kochs, who are members of the Lucky Sperm Club. You’d think a faint glimmer of self-awareness would pierce their self-regard.

        –alopecia

      • Draxiar

        Amen, sister!