Today American Bridge 21st Century — a Democratic super PAC— released a new “oppo dump” targeting Republican state legislative candidates on health care. The report focuses on their legislative actions and positions that harm public health and access to affordable health care.
“With Trump dead-set on rolling back the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic, electing state legislators who will stand up for our health care matters now more than ever,” said Katie Parrish, spokesperson at American Bridge 21st Century. “These Republicans have pushed to make health care more expensive and less accessible to everyday Floridians, and it’s time to show them the door this November.”
- Jason Brodeur (running for SD-9) while in the state House, Brodeur blocked a bill that would give nursing homes a civil penalty if their residents died of abuse or neglect. He also voted to block Medicaid expansion — leaving 800,000 Floridians without coverage — and voted to cut $174 million from county health departments.
- Rep. Bryan Avila (HD-111) voted to block Medicaid expansion and urged Congress to create Medicaid block grants, which slash coverage and benefits. He also voted to cut $54 million from county health departments.
- Rep. Jackie Toledo (HD-60) voted to allow junk insurance plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions, maternity care, or emergency room visits. She also voted to eliminate a panel of doctors tasked with reviewing a children’s heart surgery program after a large number of deaths at a St. Petersburg hospital.
American Bridge 21st Century’s Oppo Dump is a component of the group’s new state legislative program which aims to help Democrats flip the Florida Legislature through comprehensive candidate research and tracking.