Ex-Colorado GOP chief Steve House calls for cutting off donations to Senate Republicans’ campaign group

Author: Ernest Luning - July 20, 2017 - Updated: July 21, 2017

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House addresses a meeting of the state GOP central committee on Sept. 26, 2016, in Pueblo. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House addresses a meeting of the state GOP central committee on Sept. 26, 2016, in Pueblo. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House said Wednesday that donors should stop contributing to the campaign committee dedicated to electing Senate Republicans until GOP lawmakers get it together to fix the nation’s health care system.

“We asked them to defund Planned Parenthood. We asked them to defund Obamacare. They did neither. It is time to defund the NRSC until they do what they promised,” House wrote in a Facebook post.

Saying he’d just spent several days in a neonatal intensive care unit with two young parents and his newborn grandson (he noted in another post), House said he was outraged that they could be facing more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket medical costs under Obamacare — even as news broke that health care legislation had again eluded GOP senators.

“I am very upset that the US Senate won’t act. Yes I mean won’t act not can’t act,” wrote House, who declined to seek a second term as state GOP chairman this spring.

House called himself “a fan” of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but added, “this isn’t about him [it’s] about the [S]enate in total.”

“All we heard in the last two elections cycles was how we need majorities in both houses and the presidency to get rid of ObamaCare,” House said. “We gave them that. For me personally a lot of hard work and sacrifice during that period and now I feel like they just didn’t mean it when they said they would get rid of Obamacare.”

A spokeswoman for the NRSC didn’t respond to a request for comment.

House added that he didn’t buy Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion to delay a full Obamacare repeal until December 2018. “I am not stupid and neither are my fellow Americans,” House wrote. “Our lives, our premiums, our deductibles, our access to care we cannot afford any longer, is not to be bargained with based on when elections are held. Waiting until ‘Obamacare fails’ is also a very bad idea because there are people suffering out there right now waiting on you.”

Colorado GOP Chairman Jeff Hays, House’s successor, told Colorado Politics he didn’t think House had the right idea.

“I respect my buddy Steve House, but I disagree with him here. We’ve hit a couple of foul balls, but our team is still at the plate. We should encourage them to keep swinging, not take their bat away,” Hays said.

Calling House’s suggestion “dangerous and irresponsible,” a top Republican strategist said that losing control of the Senate would mean “los[ing] the ability to fix the broken state of our nation’s healthcare system for years to come.”


Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.


  • Jack Mudry

    July 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Steve House, another Republicon hypocrite. SO, people are going to pay less in deductibles and copays with CHUMPCARE ? More propaganda that only idiots will believe, and unfortunately, there are still some………..But fewer than before !! Look at the polls and you will see that the ACA is more popular than it ever was !!!! AND more people than ever before want a public option or single payer !!!

  • Gerry Santo

    July 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Polls are fake. Period.
    House is right. Most of the Republicans in the Senate are hiding behind their arcane rules that let them dither and blame the minority party, and endless calls for an impossible “bipartisan” solution, which really sounds more like “spread the blame across both parties.” Meanwhile the ones that crow the loudest, such as Rand Paul, refuse to support anything that isn’t 100% to their liking. He’s so wrapped up in his own ego, he won’t bend an inch. Screw ’em. Cut off the almighty dollar and get their attention.

    • Alex M

      July 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Rand Paul is a villain to you, Gerry? He’s not as rigid as you suggest, and he may save the Republican party from itself.

      Who owns the Obamacare death spiral? Democrats. Who will own the worsening of it predicted in the Trumpcare bill? Republicans. Who will the voters elect in 2018 if they blame Republicans? Democrats. Perhaps you want that outcome, but I cannot speak for you.

      Do you know why Obamacare is such a failure? It’s expensive, and millions of people lack coverage. This is because young people are priced out of the market, something Trumpcare does not alleviate, which creates adverse selection.

      Do you want to bail out a $15 billion industry when Trumpcare continues the Obamacare death spiral in the hopes that this fund will conceal it?

      Trumpcare fixes nothing, and does not repeal Obamacare even vaguely. Yet, big government Republicans want Rand to vote for crony capitalism. Nobody wants any more of that.

      Legalize freedom, the market will react with solutions, and consumers will pick winners.

  • Steven Cohn

    July 23, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    The market, despite what Alex M wishes, demonstrably does not work in healthcare–it’s irrational to expect a system that spends 20 cents of every healthcare dollar paying the salaries of people whose job it is to deny sick people healthcare to deliver exceptional outcomes.

    Choices; If you LOVE fee markets, double down on O-care, and have an enforceable individual mandate. Switzerland does this, and, for $5K/person/year, achieves laudable outcomes. They rank 9th in life expectancy. The US ranks 43rd. The US manages this 43rd place ranking while spending more than any other country. Only Switzerland even flirts with privatized healthcare. The other FORTY ONE countries that live longer, and pay less for doing it, have single payer.

    I am a capitalist, and approve of free markets. The market has proven to be an abysmal failure at delivering healthcare. Facts suck.

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