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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Following Devastating CBO Trumpcare score, American Bridge Urges Public To Share Stories With Local Reporters

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler responded to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the Senate Trumpcare bill, which was written in secret, out of the public eye and with an undisclosed group of lobbyists.

American Bridge also released the following message to supporters, which is being shared by progressive allies, urging the public to share their individual stories regarding the hardships of preexisting conditions and appealing on local media for their senators not to support the Trumpcare bill.

“Every Republican senator should think very hard about how they could look families in the eye and tell them why they voted for Trumpcare, which was written behind closed doors, and which nonpartisan experts warned would take health insurance away from millions, cause healthcare costs to skyrocket, insidiously cripple the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting conditions like cancer, and gut Medicaid – all to cut taxes for the rich.

“This bill would end Medicaid […]

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VIDEO: Senate Republicans Made Promises on Health Care… …They Were Lying

As the first news reports rolled in about the Senate Republican health care bill, one thing became clear: Senate Republicans were lying when they promised Americans better health care.

“Republican Senators have spent years promising their constituents a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that would lower costs and provide high quality care. Now, anyone who watched the news last night knows neither is true. This isn’t a health care bill — it’s a tax cut for the wealthy, financed by gutting care for everyone else,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.


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Dean Heller Has Already Sold Out Nevadans’ Health Care, Over and Over Again

 

Following Dean Heller’s statement on the Senate GOP’s health care bill, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Nevadans will see through Dean Heller’s cowardly attempt to save his political hide. After months of promising to “get to a yes” and repeal Obamacare, Heller has been given a last-minute pass by his party bosses in Washington. But Nevadans know Dean Heller’s record. Heller has voted over 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which millions of Nevadans depend on. Just as bad, has voted repeatedly to gut Medicaid and has voted eight times to defund Planned Parenthood. Dean Heller has already sold out Nevadans’ health care, over and over again. Next November, trust Nevadans to hold Heller accountable.”

 

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Dean Heller’s Hellish Healthcare Week

It’s been a hellish week for Dean Heller. After years of Heller’s empty promises to Nevadans about improving their healthcare, it turns out the Senate health care bill, developed in secrecy and released earlier this week, was even worse than the House version. It makes deep cuts to Medicaid, guts critical funding for opioid addiction treatment, and tears health care coverage away from millions of Americans. Experts from around the country have condemned the bill and Heller is feeling the heat nationally and at home.

“The devastating health care bill that Dean Heller is poised to vote for would strip lifesaving treatment from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and raise costs on countless more,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “It’s no surprise he’s had a disastrous week, and he’ll continue to be […]

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American Bridge Calls BS On Senate GOP’s Empty Health Care Rhetoric

In response to the Senate GOP’s fake disagreements over their health care bill today, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“The stakes today are too high to accept Mitch McConnell’s dishonest kabuki theater at face value. The Republican Senate’s health care bill would strip health care from millions and raise costs for even more — and the entire GOP, from Ted Cruz to Dean Heller — is poised to vote for it. Dean Heller’s mealy-mouthed statement today doesn’t change the fact that he’s voted repeatedly to end Medicaid expansion and defund Planned Parenthood. Everyone knows what Dean Heller’s real agenda is.”

On health care, moderates quiet while conservatives put their foot down
By Caitlin Owens | 6/22/16 4:25 PM

Only hours after the release of the Senate health care bill, four conservative senators put out a statement saying they can’t support the bill in its current […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Dean Heller abandons Nevadans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill guts aid for addiction

Last year, Dean Heller called opioid abuse “a major public health concern” and called for immediate steps to help afflicted communities.

That was then. Now, driven by partisan politics that put partisan point-scoring first and Nevadans last, Heller is racing to get to a yes on the Senate’s health care bill that will gut aid for addiction.

“Dean Heller is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Nevadans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “The unfortunate reality is opioid abuse has become a major public health concern – and something needs to be done. We know […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Pat Toomey Abandons Pennsylvanians on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill guts aid for addiction

In March, Pat Toomey recognized the opioid addiction crisis was a “huge problem” that hadn’t spared any part of Pennsylvania.

That was then.

“Now, Pat Toomey is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Pennsylvanians when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

Then: “Pennsylvania is being hit as badly by this scourge as any other state in the union. This is a huge problem. I know it’s a problem here in Bucks County, but it’s a problem in every county, every community.”- Pat Toomey on CBS Philadelphia, 3/31/16

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Jeff Flake Abandons Arizonans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill aid for addiction

Earlier this month, Jeff Flake praised Arizona’s governor for addressing the opioid crisis in their state.

That was then.

“Now, Jeff Flake is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Arizonans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “Kudos to @dougducey for taking action to address the growing number of opioid deaths in #Arizona”-Jeff Flake Twitter 6/5/17

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives lost, more communities torn apart.” – Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, 6/22/17

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Healthcare Experts, Organizations​ Condemn Backroom Senate Trumpcare Bill 

The Trumpcare bill that Republican Senators developed behind closed doors is being met with forceful opposition from healthcare experts and associations across the country who are warning that it would have devastating effects on patients and their families.

These experts confirm that the Senate package duplicates the House Trumpcare bill, and that its even deeper cuts to Medicaid would be extremely painful for the tens of millions of working people, seniors, and children who depend on it.

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal writes that the Senate’s “Health Bill Gives Huge Tax Cuts to Businesses, High-Income Households.”

“Senate Republicans wrote their Trumpcare plan behind closed doors because they know how painful its effects would be for the American people,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.  “We don’t know which lobbyists these Republicans let into the room as they developed this appalling bill that would take health insurance from millions, gut […]

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