Portman, Toomey, & Kirk Voted Against Drug Abuse Prevention And Treatment

The public health crisis that is the drug epidemic remains among top voter concerns in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, a new Real Clear Politics report details:

Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois all face major problems with drug addiction and overdose deaths, and all have Republican senators seeking second terms in contests that will help determine which party holds the majority in the Senate next year.

Meanwhile: Just last month, Sens. Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and Mark Kirk all voted against a measure to “improve mental health and substance use prevention and treatment.”

Read more — Real Clear Politics: In Key Senate Races, Drug Use Tops Voters’ Concerns

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Sen. Toomey Would Take Away Health Care From 2.6 Million Pennsylvanians

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2015
Contact: Katie Lewallen318-617-3258
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Sen. Toomey Would Take Away Health Care From 2.6 Million Pennsylvanians

Senator Pat Toomey and Senate Republicans are set to repeal Medicaid expansion and defund Planned Parenthood, taking away healthcare coverage from 2.6 million Pennsylvanians and denying women access to important health procedures such as cancer screenings.

Here’s what Pat Toomey wants to take from Pennsylvania families: 

439,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled in expanded Medicaid.
Women rely on health services provided by Planned Parenthood at Pennsylvania’s 36 centers.

“Pat Toomey’s vote to repeal Medicaid expansion is a vote to end health care for millions of state residents including more than 230,000 children while simultaneously attacking women’s access to quality health care through Planned Parenthood. This another example of Sen. Toomey putting the extreme, partisan agenda of the Koch brothers — who have already spent over $1 million propping him up — ahead of what’s best for working families across Pennsylvania,” said American Bridge 21st Century President […]

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Sen. Portman Would Take Away Health Care From Nearly 3 Million Ohioans

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2015
Contact: Katie Lewallen318-617-3258

Sen. Portman Would Take Away Health Care From Nearly 3 Million Ohioans

Senator Rob Portman and Senate Republicans are set to repeal Medicaid expansion as well as defund Planned Parenthood, taking away healthcare coverage from nearly 3 million Ohioans and denying women access to important health procedures such as cancer screenings.

Here’s what Rob Portman wants to take from Ohio families: 

Crucial substance abuse treatment is provided across Ohio and the country through Medicaid expansion.
Between 2013 and 2014, nearly 57,000 Ohio women relied on health services provided by Planned Parenthood at Ohio’s 20 centers.

“Rob Portman’s vote to repeal Medicaid expansion is a vote to end funding for life-saving substance abuse counseling and treatment programs while simultaneously attacking women’s access to quality health care through Planned Parenthood. This another example of Sen. Portman putting the extreme, partisan agenda of the Koch brothers — who have already spent over $1 million propping him up — ahead of what’s best […]

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“Being Like Romney Is A Good Thing, Right?” — Jeb Bush, Probably

Yesterday morning, Marco Rubio joined his mentor Jeb Bush in criticizing the “free stuff” strategy. Apparently Jeb saw that as an opening to double-down on his “free stuff” rhetoric last night. After being asked by Fox News’s Sean Hanity about the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, and Medicare, Jeb told Hanity that “offering free things to people [is] not working.”

Unfortunately for Jeb, not only are the ACA, Social Security, and Medicare important programs that provide necessary safety nets for millions of Americans, they’re also a whole lot more popular than the former front-runner.

 

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Marco Rubio Goes Romney & Jeb On “Free Stuff”

Marco Rubio this morning described last night’s Democratic primary debate as a:

 

[D]ebate about who was going to give away the most free stuff: Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything.

 

Sound familiar? Three weeks ago, Jeb Bush suggested that African Americans support Democrats because of promises of “free stuff.”

 

And here’s what not-president Mitt Romney had to say on the matter back in July 2012:

 

But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy.

 

And “vote for the other guy” they did.

 

Talking Points Memo: Rubio: Dem Debate Just About Who Would ‘Give Away The Most Free Stuff’

 

By Caitlin MacNeal, 10/14/15

 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American […]

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WATCH: The GOP’s Plan To Steal & Erase Healthcare For Millions

The GOP field relies on disingenuous, anti-Affordable Care Act red meat to generate outrage and rile up their base. But their call to “repeal and replace” is nothing beyond a plot to steal and erase millions of Americans’ access to quality, affordable healthcare — raising prescription drug prices and returning those Americans with pre-existing conditions to a disadvantaged status.

American Bridge today launched video web ads in Florida and Iowa targeting the GOP field — holding the candidates accountable for their misleading attacks and exposing the reality behind their rhetoric.

Watch American Bridge’s latest video: 

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Sorry, Scotty, No One’s Impressed By Your Health Care Plan

Scott Walker isn’t winning any friends after releasing his “new” (read: same old GOP plan as always) health care “plan” (read: a couple of bullets). Quickly falling behind Donald Trump in Iowa, Walker’s half-cooked policy paper is a desperate attempt to win back some momentum, but by the looks of the headlines, that’s unlikely to happen.

Los Angeles Times: Michael Hiltzik: Walker’s healthcare plan is perfect, if you want almost no insurance at all

In short, every nostrum promoted by the conservative and libertarian lobbies (the Heritage Foundation is cited several times), none of which has been shown to make much of a dent in the nation’s population of the medically uninsured and a few of which would work against that goal, is in there.

To be fair, Walker threw in a couple of novel curves. Let’s take them up first. The most notable is a provision to convert the income-based premium […]

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MEMO/VIDEO: Bully Seeking Pulpit

Chris Christie enters the race as a brazen, outspoken bully hoping to use the 2016 pulpit to pull his GOP opponents like Jeb Bush further to the extreme right. With nine credit downgrades and a 30 percent approval rating under his belt, Christie has made the calculation that his charming personality alone won’t do the trick in the wake of Bridgegate.

American Bridge is also releasing a new video that shows Christie is now aligning himself with the extreme wing of his party in an attempt to gain traction.

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Bridge Brief — Week of June 29th, 2015

The Supreme Court last week did what the Republican Party refuses to: It respected the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land and deemed it unconstitutional to ban people the right to marry based on their sexual orientation.

The momentous decisions will continue to ripple into the campaigns of those running for the White House this week, putting in stark relief the GOP’s inability to offer positions and policies that reflect the direction America is moving, not the way they hoped it was.

None of the GOP’s leading presidential candidates celebrated the decision to legalize gay marriage. Their responses ranged from woefully tepid (see Jeb Bush’s contradictory statement on preserving the freedom to discriminate based on sexual orientation) to the laughably extreme (see Bobby Jindal’s suggestion to eliminate the court).

In the week ahead we can expect more of the same, as the GOP further reinforces their image as hopelessly out of touch. It’s not just about Scott Walker proposing a constitutional amendment — all it’s going to take is one question for Chris Christie about Social Security and we’ll see his announcement transform into an anchor for the whole party.

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What To Expect At The Western Conservative Summit

The long road to the Republican nomination is winding through America’s highest-profile home for Illuminati and Reptoids this week with Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and more attending the Western Conservative Summit.  Here’s what to expect from this weekend’s cattle call:

1. The New GOP Litmus Test:  Gay Marriage

The Western Conservative Summit made news earlier this year when they barred the Log Cabin Republicans from attending their conference, but their backwards attitude towards the LGBT community won’t stop there.  Summit Gala headliner Scott Walker has already doubled down on his call for a constitutional amendment, and panelist Tony Perkins went on an epic Twitter rant Friday, calling the ruling a “shocking abuse of power” and promising it would “supercharge” opposition to gay marriage.  Don’t take Perkins’ word for it: Rick Santorum didn’t even wait for his speech to begin teeing off, telling Denver radio station KNUS that the ruling was the court’s attempt to be “trendy” with marriage equality and would lead to polygamy.

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