Trump volunteer sues GOP over health overhaul repeal failure

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court saying the national and Virginia Republican parties and some GOP leaders raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren't going to be able to overturn the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

Then in 2016, the party seized on candidate Trump's repeal message to raise money, Heghmann says, but "never meant to implement the Trump Agenda or fulfill the promises of the Republican Platform", as Congress' actions this year demonstrate.

The lawsuit names as defendants the Republican National Committee, Virginia national GOP committee members Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, the Republican Party of Virginia and state party Chairman John Whitbeck.

The move follows the upper chamber failing to pass the motion to proceed on a watered-down repeal bill last Friday.

"Now that the Republican Party has won the House, the Senate and the Presidency the effort it is making to Repeal and Replace Obamacare is itself a Fraud upon Republican Voters and Donors".

The suit references comments made by former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) when he said it was "clear".

"He was trying to put the issue to rest".

The Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill died in the Senate after three GOP senators defected and opposed the legislation. The House's first attempt in the post-Obama era was canceled only minutes before the vote began; the Senate's first draft was written in secret; and Mitch McConnell ultimately resorted to a freakish, and unprecedented, "vote-a-rama" in a last ditch attempt to pass a bill-literally, any bill-as negotiations between moderate Republicans and their more conservative brethren repeatedly collapsed. "I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn't find another way forward".

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