QUICK CLIPS: Morning Joe: Flake Admits New Disastrous Health Care Bill He Supports Will Hurt Arizonans…. And He Hasn’t Even Completely Read the Bill

Today in a Morning Joe interview about the new, disastrous Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care bill, Senator Jeff Flake, who supports the legislation, admitted it would leave some of his constituents worse off:

Mark Halperin: “Be honest with your constituents, some will be worse off, right?
Sen. Flake: “That’s right.”

And then, Flake conceded he hadn’t even read the entire thing:


Mike Barnicle: “Have you read the current bill that you’re going to be voting on?”
Sen. Flake: stammering “oh..ah..we’re…I’ve read a lot of it. We’re all looking at it.”
Mike Barnicle: “How long is it? 2-3 pages?”
Sen. Flake: “I don’t know the..the.. number of pages.”

“By Jeff Flake’s own admission, many of his constituents would be worse off if this disastrous bill was passed, yet still he supports it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “That’s the height of negligence. If Flake read the entire bill, he […]

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FLASHBACK: Earlier this Year, Graham, Cassidy, Heller Said CBO Scores Vital to Vetting Health Care Bills

This week, Senate Republicans once against exposed their partisan hypocrisy by recklessly dismissing the need for a full CBO score of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care bill before voting on it, even though–as recently as this summer–Senators Dean Heller, Lindsay Graham, Bill Cassidy, and many others said they needed a CBO score to evaluate health care bills.

Without a CBO score, basic information such as how many people will lose coverage, how much premiums will increase, and how much more care for common pre-existing conditions will increase will not be known. The Senate GOP’s game plan is to keep Americans in the dark — because they know the more the American people learn about their latest Trumpcare plan, the more they hate it.

“The same senators trying to ram this latest disastrous Trumpcare bill though Congress were — just months ago — eloquently explaining why a comprehensive analysis by the Congressional Budget Office […]

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Jeff Flake is Paying the Penalty for Standing for Nothing But His Own Political Advancement

Following news that a top Republican donor and Trump supporter will be spending heavily to defeat Sen. Jeff Flake, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made this statement:

“As if Senate Republicans didn’t have enough problems with nasty, self-destructive primaries across the country, a top GOP donor is now declaring war against one of their own. Jeff Flake is paying the penalty for  standing for nothing but his own political advancement. He voted for all of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees — has voted with the president over 93% of the time in fact — but trashed Trump’s agenda in his new book. You can’t have it both ways, Senator — and this is what happens to politicians who try to be all things to all people.”

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QUICK CLIP: KTVK: Jeff Flake “All Talk, No Action” on Trump

KTVK in Arizona called out Senator Jeff Flake today, after he criticized President Trump in his new book, for being “all talk, no action.”

Political reporter Dennis Welch blasts Flake’s hypocrisy: “We decided to go back and look at Flake’s voting record…despite all that talk about standing up to Trump, he actually votes with the president over 93% of the time.”

Watch the clip from KTVK in Arizona here:

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Jeff Flake Will Still Have to Answer for Trumpcare

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Arizona, Jeff Flake won’t be able to escape his record.

“Whether it’s Trumpcare or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Jeff Flake is stuck with a cruel plan to take away health care from millions — like gum stuck to a shoe,”said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Despite Trumpcare’s collapse in the Senate, Flake supported the most extreme version of the bill and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Arizona voters will hold him responsible.”

Jeff Flake supported the ACHA bill and the Cruz amendment which made the bill even worse and especially jeopardized people with pre-existing conditions. He also  Read more after the jump.

Republican Senate Hopefuls Will Still Have to Answer for Trumpcare

“Whether it’s Trumpcare or repealing the ACA without a replacement, GOP Senators and Senate hopefuls are stuck with their cruel plan to take away health care from millions—like gum stuck to a shoe,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Despite Trumpcare’s collapse, GOP leaders around the country have already supported Trumpcare, helped write Trumpcare, and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and they’ll have to answer for that next November.”

Let’s play the tape…

Rep. Evan Jenkins voted for AHCA in the House, and has repeatedly voted for ACA repeals.

Rep. Luke Messer voted for ACHA in the House, and has repeatedly voted for ACA repeals.

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Jeff Flake’s healthcare plan is cruel, plain and simple

“Jeff Flake wants to throw hundreds of thousands of Arizonans under the bus to score partisan political points. Flake’s healthcare plan would punish anyone who is sick, stripping hundreds of thousands of their health care and sending costs skyrocketing for many more. It’s cruel, plain and simple,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

12 News: Flake says he backs most conservative Obamacare repeal
By Brahm Resnick | July 12, 2017

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has come under intense pressure from voters to break with Republicans and protect Obamacare.

In a statement to 12 News Wednesday, Flake confirmed that the plan — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s “Consumer Freedom Amendment” — is the most conservative response to repealing Obamacare:

“If you define the most conservative Obamacare repeal plan as the plan that restores Arizonans’ freedom to purchase more affordable health insurance of their choosing – rather than the federal government mandating what exactly […]

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Will McCain and Flake repeal Obamacare and abandon … you?

The Senate healthcare plan will be disastrous to Arizonans, especially those who gained their healthcare through Arizona’s Medicaid expansion, yet Senators Flake and McCain are playing partisan politics. Senator Flake has even remained silent about the new plan of some Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act before having a new plan in place, which would irresponsibly rip care from hundreds of thousands of Arizonans and leave them without the most basic safety net. But of course, Senators Flake and McCain have voted over and over again to repeal the Affordable Care Act — so Arizonans know exactly where they stand.

The Arizona Republic: Montini: Will McCain and Flake repeal Obamacare and abandon … you?
By EJ Montini | July 6, 2017

“Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake are in a bind. Particularly Flake, who’s up for reelection next year, has challengers from both parties […]

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Senate GOP Complains Trump Is “Crippling” Their 2018 Plans

Top Republican Senate leaders and staffers let loose on the Trump administration yesterday in Politico, blaming their abysmal recruiting for the 2018 midterms on the administration’s chaos and dysfunction.

Check out the lowlights:

NRSC Chairman Gardner vents about his bad recruiting record:  “Appearing before a small group of donors and activists recently, NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) expressed concern about how the political environment is making it harder to get candidates into racesand said the wooing of potential Senate candidates was going slower than expected.”

The dangers and stumbling blocks for Senate Republicans are everywhere… 

In Nevada: “[Dean] Heller, the most endangered GOP incumbent up for reelection in 2018, was initially targeted with a surprise $1 million digital, TV and radio assault — an act of political retaliation that stunned senators and other top GOP officials…The offensive reflected Trump’s mounting frustration with Capitol Hill Republicans.”
In Arizona: “Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, […]

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Jeff Flake Hangs Out with Koch Brothers, Ducks Constituents

On the heels of the Senate healthcare bill’s release last week, Jeff Flake didn’t spend the weekend hearing from his constituents about health care.

Instead, Jeff Flake spent his weekend with the billionaire Koch brothers and other GOP donors.

Even worse, the Koch officials Flake was hobnobbing with thought Trumpcare, which would strip away health care coverage from millions, make deep cuts to Medicaid, and cause healthcare costs to skyrocket, all to cut taxes for the rich, “didn’t go far enough.”

“It’s outrageous that instead of listening to the concerns of the people he represents, Jeff Flake spent his weekend schmoozing with billionaire Big Oil donors who are pushing for legislation that will spell disaster for Arizona working families,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The Senate version of Trumpcare would gut Medicaid and cut millions of Americans off from lifesaving care in order to give the wealthiest Americans like the […]

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