A lawsuit was filed this past week which blasts the Republican Party for failing to repeal Obamacare, saying that the national and Virginia Republican parties have “been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering, which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats.”
Bob Heghmann, a retired attorney in Virginia Beach who donated to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Thursday, accusing the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Republican Party of Virginia, as well as Virginia’s two members of the RNC and the chairman of the state Republican Party, John Whitbeck of fraud and racketeering for raising millions of dollars in donations, all the while knowing that they wouldn’t be able to repeal the failing healthcare law.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that as part of his suit, Heghmann states that the Republican Party does not hold the same protection that members of Congress have against being sued for failing to fulfill campaign promises. He wants the GOP to either threaten to withhold money from members of Congress if they don’t repeal ObamaCare or return contributions to donors.
“If the candidates don’t deliver, it’s incumbent on the RNC to go to the candidate and say, ‘You can’t do this,’ ” Heghmann said.
According to Heghmann’s suit, both the national and state Republican parties raised millions of dollars from 2009 to 2016 through their oft-stated promise that they would repeal Obamacare, but that lawmakers knew they would be unable to deliver on that vow when former President Obama won re-election in 2012.
The suit references comments made by former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) when he said it was “clear … [that] ObamaCare is the law of the land” following Obama’s reelection.
“In making this statement Speaker John Boehner was sending a message to House Republicans and others that Repeal was not going to happen. He was trying to put the issue to rest,” according to court documents. “Nevertheless, the Republican Party continued to use the mails, wires and interstate commerce to solicit donations and votes to secure House and Senate majorities and ultimately the Presidency.”
The lawsuit also accuses the national and state Republican parties of “never intend[ing] to implement the Trump Agenda or fulfill the promises of the Republican Platform” during their campaigning prior to President Trump’s election.
Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal ObamaCare failed last week after three Republicans broke with their party to oppose it. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “It is time to move on.”
Other Republican lawmakers echoed his sentiments even as it’s clear that Obama’s healthcare law is rapidly imploding. For instance, many states only have one insurer left, and some states have none. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said after the GOP’s attempt at healthcare crashed and burned, “We now have Obamacare for the foreseeable future, with all the problems we have especially in the individual marketplace.” He noted that Americans will have to live with Obamacare for the next nine months, at least.
“What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country,” McConnell said. “I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find another way forward.”
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