Rick Scott Has Failed to Act on Florida’s Opioid Crisis

Rick Scott is in Orlando this morning for a staged photo-op to make it looks like he cares about Florida’s opioid crisis.

But Floridians know that Rick Scott has been dangerously negligent, under-funding and ignoring measures to deal with the crisis, which has killed over 17,000 Floridians since he took office and killed an average of 14 Floridians per day in the first six months of 2016.

This is the second taxpayer-funded fake bill-signing Scott has done for H.B. 477. He held another fake signing in West Palm Beach on July 11.
“Rick Scott hopes he looks like he’s fighting Florida’s opioid crisis, but for the last 6 year’s he’s sat on his hands while Floridians are suffering and dying. Instead of dedicating resources to fight addiction and fund treatment, Scott has cut taxes to benefit big corporations. Rick Scott’s photo-op today is nothing more than a political campaign event paid for […]

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Rick Scott Will Still Have to Answer for Trumpcare

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for millions of Floridians — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott won’t be able to escape his record.

“Whether it’s Trumpcare or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Rick Scott is stuck with a 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 in the Senate, Scott helped write the bill and supported disastrous ACA repeals to rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Florida voters will hold him responsible.”

Gov. Rick Scott bragged about working “closely” with Washington Republicans to craft Trumpcare legislation with Republicans in Washington.

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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.

Rep. Todd Rokita voted for ACHA in the House, and has Read more after the jump.

Rick Scott Comes to D.C. To Campaign For A Massive Tax Cut For Himself

As Rick Scott visits Washington, D.C. today to campaign for the passage of Trumpcare, which would strip healthcare from over two million Floridians and raise costs on millions more, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“As if you needed any more evidence that Trumpcare is a massive tax cut for the wealthy disguised as a health care bill, it is arriving in Washington today — likely via private jet. Gov. Rick Scott will be in D.C. to advocate for Trumpcare, which makes health care worse for the poor and middle class, while cutting taxes for wealthy fraudsters like Rick Scott and Donald Trump.

“In fact, Trumpcare would give Rick Scott an up to $500,000 tax cut while stripping health care from over two million Floridians. No wonder Rick Scott’s been bragging about advising […]

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American Bridge Statement on Rick Scott’s Plan to Stack Supreme Court

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott’s plan to stack the Florida Supreme Court:

“Governor Rick Scott’s plan to replace three Supreme Court justices on his last day in office is not only a desperate and transparent attempt to stack the Court with his cronies, but also a potentially illegal slap in the face to hardworking Floridians. It’s just more of the same from Scott, who will do anything to push his own political agenda, even disregard Florida’s voters.”

Orlando Sentinel: Editorial: Reject Rick Scott’s bid to pack Florida’s high court
By Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board | June 21, 2017

Late last year, Gov. Rick Scott filled a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court with Judge Alan Lawson, an appellate court judge who began his career on the bench in Orange County. There was no doubt about Scott’s authority to name a successor to outgoing Justice […]

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American Bridge statement on Rick Scott’s anti-education bill

American Bridge statement on Rick Scott signing the most anti-education bill of his administration

In response to Rick Scott signing HB 7069, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“Since his first year in office, Rick Scott has fought against public schools on behalf of wealthy corporate special interests. Today’s anti-education bill was crafted in secret by lobbyists and Tallahassee insiders to funnel millions of dollars to corporations that seek to profit off children’s education while diverting precious funding from Florida’s public schools where every dollar is precious. Yet again, Floridians will be worse off because Rick Scott and his friends care more about making money.”

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Nearly 2.4 Million Floridians Could Be Hit By New Annual & Lifetime Limits

A new analysis this morning takes a hard look at what the Senate’s health care bill will do to insurance plans across the country — and the results are terrifying for millions of Americans.

In Florida alone, nearly 1.4 million people could be hit with annual limits and over 1 million with lifetime limits, forcing them to pay out-of-pocket for maternity care, mental health, prescription drugs — even treatment for cancer, reports the Center for American Progress.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“What else should Floridians expect from a plan that Gov. Rick Scott is ‘helping Trump craft.’ Scott has never cared about patients’ health care, just about making money for himself and his wealthy cronies.

“Senate Republicans are secretly drafting a bill that could decimate care for millions if just one or two states waive essential health benefits. The specter oflifetime and […]

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American Bridge Statement on Pulse Shooting and Gov. Rick Scott

On the first anniversary of the Pulse shooting, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement about Gov. Rick Scott:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Since then, survivors, their families, and the families of this who were lost — and millions of Floridians — have come together to honor and mourn the lives that were lost, and call for action to prevent future tragedies. That starts with commonsense measures to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

“Over the past year, Governor Rick Scott has opposed all attempts to prevent a future tragedy — from banning high-capacity magazines to ensuring individuals on the Terror Watch List can’t buy a gun. Scott refused to even acknowledge that the Pulse attack targeted the LGBT community in his State of the State speech in March. Rick Scott is putting his partisan ideology ahead of keeping Floridians […]

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More Florida Papers Trash Gov. Rick Scott’s Budget Deal

Florida Papers Trash Rick Scott’s “Horrendous,”
“Secret,” “Deceitful” Budget Deal

From Pensacola to Miami, Florida editorial boards are blasting Gov. Rick Scott’s shady budget deal with Tallahassee insiders. Unfortunately, Floridians won’t be surprised, because this is exactly the kind of self-interested dealmaking Floridians have come to expect from Rick Scott. He’s always only looking out for himself and his wealthy corporate cronies.

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Florida budget deal trades cash for bad policy

The governor [is] poised to allow horrendous legislation to become law that would further dismantle public education.
Yet all of this additional spending is not worth the damage that would be caused by the education legislation that Corcoran covets and Scott evidently agreed to spare.
Anyone who cares about the future of public education should not be so easily bought off.

Sun Sentinel: Editorial: Florida’s secret budget deal undermines education, public trust

Florida…is more like […]

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Rick Scott’s secret budget deal panned by Florida papers

The negative editorials are rolling in for Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Republicans as Floridians learn just how dirty this Tallahassee “secret deal” really is…
Sun Sentinel Editorial: Florida’s secret budget deal undermines education, public trust

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board | June 5, 2017

“The budget deal that Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday is lousy in terms of substance and how the deal came about.”
The budget would “poke a long-term hole in funds for construction and maintenance,” “give the governor an $85 million slush fund for economic development,” and “come at the expense of state colleges and many worthy local projects.”
Rick Scott “can claim victory as the state loses.” “Can you say ‘slush fund?’”
The “biggest problem”: a “massive education package that school superintendents, school boards, the teachers’ union and parents’ groups want Scott to veto” that Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa called, “The single largest piece of legislation to dismantle […]

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