MEMO: Previewing the #INSEN Debate

Four things to remember as Mike Braun takes the stage for his first general election debate:

  1. Braun supported measures that could strip health insurance from over 2 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions. According to Politifact, Braun endorsed three measures that would have jeopardized guaranteed healthcare coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Read more here.
  2. Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, was the target of dozens of labor abuse complaints. Meyer Distributing was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act 26 times between 2008 and 2010 for violations related to unpaid overtime for 25 employees. The Federal Transportation Department cited Meyer Distributing 41 times since 2015 for work time logging violations. Read more here.
  3. Braun has pledged to drain the Swamp, but flies to DC for high-dollar fundraisers and engages in decidedly Swampy behavior. Braun called his two primary opponents the “Swamp brothers,” but in the first weeks of the general election, he jetted to DC to raise money on K Street. Now, he’s been caught propping up his campaign with cut-rate loans from his banker friends. Read more here.
  4. Braun touts his company’s healthcare plan, but employees called it “not real insurance.” Braun has campaigned extensively on his success negotiating his business’s healthcare plan with insurance companies. But Politico reported last week that Meyer Distributing employees were offered an individual plan with a $5,000 deductible ($10,000 for family plans) — a policy they called “horrendous,” and “a joke.” Read more here.

BONUS: Watch Braun brag about his healthcare plan — 10 separate times — here