Florida Times-Union Editorial: Finally, Word Is Getting Out On The Opioid Crisis

The Florida Times-Union called out Governor Rick Scott in an editorial Friday for putting partisan ideology above Floridians suffering from the escalating opioid crisis.

As detailed in a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research report released yesterday by American Bridge, Rick Scott’s response to the epidemic has been inadequate and indifferent.

Florida Times Union Editorial: Finally, word is getting out on the opioid crisis
October 12, 2017

The deaths arising from opioid overdoses continue in Jacksonville
Unfortunately, the ideological opposition to Medicaid among many Republicans, including Scott, have denied many Floridians the help they need.
[T]he state Agency for Health Care Administration has proposed budget cuts that would reduce Medicaid payments to hospitals by nearly $1 billion. This would be on top of nearly $500 million in cuts for hospitals during the 2017 legislative session.
A hospital lobbyist called the cuts “devastating” and ‘mind blowing,” as quoted in Sunshine State News.
The state’s approach that uses […]

Read more after the jump.

A Year After Hurricane Matthew, Counties Ask Rick Scott: Where’s Our Money?

“If you’re not a wealthy insider, Rick Scott just doesn’t care about you. It’s clear that helping North Florida counties recover from catastrophic storms isn’t a priority for Rick Scott — he’s busy helping the wealthy and big corporations get special treatment. After all, he doesn’t have to deal with flooded roads or busted local budgets. He can fly over all that in his private jet,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Tampa Bay Times: A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where’s our money?
By Steve Bousquet, October 12, 2017

“After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott insisted that all counties remove debris, reopen roads.”
“As the costs of Irma’s Category 4 fury are still being calculated, several North Florida counties hammered by Hurricane Matthew — one year ago — are still waiting to be repaid for the cost of debris removal, road repair and police overtime from […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Releases New Documentary and Report on Rick Scott’s Opioid Crisis

American Bridge today released a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research reportholding Governor Rick Scott accountable for his abysmal response to the escalating opioid epidemic in Florida.

The five-minute documentary details Rick Scott’s inadequate and indifferent response to Florida’s opioid crisis, and will be promoted on social media channels to American Bridge’s audience in Florida.

To view American Bridge’s documentary, click here.
To read American Bridge’s report on Florida’s opioid crisis, click here.

“Thousands of Floridians are dying every year from opioid abuse and Rick Scott has done next to nothing to help them,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “No matter how many campaign photo-ops he does now, the truth is Rick Scott has been totally unprepared and absent while the opioid crisis in Florida has exploded, and Floridians won’t let him forget it.”

An estimated 5,300 Floridians died of opioid overdoses last […]

Read more after the jump.

BREAKING: Miami Herald: Audit Warned Florida’s Hurricane Response System Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ For Disaster

“Wasting money. Haphazard management of supplies. Not enough food or beds. Those are just some of the problems identified by audits of Rick Scott’s emergency management in Florida. While Gov. Scott was busy with self-promotion ahead of Hurricane Irma, his administration was in ‘full scramble mode’ as their failure to plan for disaster was being exposed,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: Audit warned Florida’s hurricane response system was ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

“Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state’s Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.”
“[I]n audit after audit in recent years, inspectors warned that haphazard management of supplies, poor record keeping and inadequate preparation threatened the state’s ability to respond to a natural disaster.
“Food and water supplies at the distribution center in Orlando were inadequate.”
“Auditors found […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Releases Memo on Rick Scott’s Unprecedented Appointment of Unqualified Hack to Run Emergency Management

American Bridge today released a memo in response to Governor Rick Scott appointing a totally unqualified political operative to head Florida’s Department of Emergency Management. The memo details the contrast between new appointee, Wes Maul, and all his predecessors appointed since Hurricane Andrew devastated the state in 1992.

While the department heads who came before him all had decades of emergency management experience, Maul is a 29-year old former “traveling aide” for Scott’s campaign who, just four years ago, was a mattress delivery associate while in law school.

“Rick Scott has a long history of hiring political hacks who care more about helping him win his next election than helping Floridians, but this is incredible– even for him,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Instead of prioritizing Floridians safety and treating emergency management like the extremely important job it is, especially in a hurricane-prone state like Florida, Rick […]

Read more after the jump.

Rick Scott Only Looks Out For Himself and His Cronies, Part 78

“Rick Scott only looks out for himself and his cronies, giving well-paying taxpayer-funded jobs to unqualified political allies. Now, Rick Scott is replacing a seasoned veteran of emergency management with a 29-year-old former campaign aide. The only thing he’s qualified to manage is political damage control — or maybe angry mattress customers,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: After Irma, Scott replaces head of emergency operations with political operative
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau | September 26, 2017

“Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the abrupt departure of the head of the state Department of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, and replaced him with Scott’s former campaign aide and Republican Party of Florida operative, Wes Maul, who has just over a year of emergency operations experience.”
“Maul, 29, will be promoted from chief of staff to interim director.”
“He does not have any prior emergency management experience.”
“Maul’s LinkedIn page also shows he worked […]

Read more after the jump.

Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of Florida

Donald Trump is actively sabotaging Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, and it is costing the people of Florida. Today, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced that, as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, premiums for individual coverage plans on the health insurance exchanges in Florida will increase by an average of 44.7% next year. 

This news comes after Donald Trump has taken a host of executive actions that have harmed insurance markets and driven-up healthcare costs for Americans, including an executive order on Trump’s first day in office to compromise the effectiveness of the individual mandate, calling into question whether the mandate would be enforced at all, pulling an initial round of ACA enrollment ads that had already been paid for, and cutting the overall enrollment ad budget by 90% as well as community outreach funds by 40%.

Most damaging of all, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Releases Video Holding Rick Scott Accountable for Nursing Home Tragedy

American Bridge released a video today holding Governor Rick Scott accountable for his role in a growing controversy over the heat-related deaths of 11 senior citizens living in a Florida nursing home.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the nursing home lost power and went without air conditioning for several days. Nursing home officials called Scott’s cell phone four times for help during that time, but received no assistance. Scott has since deleted those voicemail messages, which may have broken the law. The American Bridge video features Florida and national news coverage of the controversy. 

“Instead of admitting his mishandling of the tragic situation at a Florida nursing home, Rick Scott is trying to pass the buck onto his own government employees,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “As usual, Rick Scott refuses to take personal responsibility for anything, even with Floridians’ lives at stake.”

Read more after the jump.

Rick Scott Can’t Hide Years of Neglecting Florida’s Opioid Crisis

What does a scandal-plagued politician do when he’s up to his neck in bad media coverage? Try to change the topic.

That’s why Rick Scott is holding press conferences today about Florida opioid crisis, which he has neglected for years. Instead of coming clean about why he deleted voicemails from a south Florida nursing home where 11 seniors died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma — potentially violating Florida’s Sunshine laws — Rick Scott is trying to distract Floridians.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“Floridians are still recovering from Hurricane Irma and are still appalled by Rick Scott’s handling of the deaths of 11 seniors in a south Florida nursing home — but Scott is moving on to his latest self-serving media blitz. The truth is that for years Rick Scott has ignored Florida’s opioid crisis, neglecting funding for treatment and prevention, but giving taxpayer giveaways to the wealthiest […]

Read more after the jump.

QUICK CLIP: WSVN: Rick Scott Says He “Gets Lots of Voicemails” in Growing Controversy

In an interview with Miami’s WSVN yesterday, Governor Rick Scott said he “gets lots of voicemails” when asked about the growing controversy over the heat-related deaths of 11 senior citizens living in a Florida nursing home. In the wake of hurricane Irma, the nursing home lost power and went without air conditioning for several days. Nursing home officials called Scott’s private cell phone four times for help during that time, but received no assistance.

“As usual, even on the issues most important to Floridians, Rick Scott refuses to take personal responsibility for anything,” said American Bridge Spokesperson Joshua Karp.”Instead of admitting his response to the growing nursing home tragedy could have been better, he’s passing the buck onto his own employees.”

Watch the clip here.


Reporter: How common is it that you delete these voicemails?
Scott: I’m like everyone else, you get lots of voicemails and […]

Read more after the jump.