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.

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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FACT SHEET: How Trumpcare Would Harm Arizona

The Senate’s July 4th recess is beginning just after the Republican leadership was forced to delay voting to even begin debate on the Trumpcare bill they wrote for weeks behind closed doors.

Senator Jeff Flake will be pivotal in whether or not the Affordable Care Act is repealed with Trumpcare in its place, and below is key information about how the Trumpcare bill would be disastrous for Arizonans.

This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report indicating that Trumpcare would cost 22 million Americans their health insurance, make healthcare costs skyrocket, gut the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Americans suffering from a preexisting condition like Alzheimer’s, and cause unprecedented cuts to Medicaid. The Wall Street Journal reports that the plan would also severely undermine employer-based health insurance plans.

At the same time, Trumpcare would cut taxes for the rich by nearly half a trillion dollars.

The country has overwhelmingly rejected this […]

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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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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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#SpinelessGOP: Arizona Edition

Senator Jeff Flake may have been busy over the past few months, but he wasn’t spending time talking to his constituents:

Since January, Flake has held just one (1!) town hall event to hear from his constituents, even as he’s preparing to threaten health care access for millions.
Over the same time period, Flake has held numerous fundraisers — including two with Mitt Romney and one with George W. Bush. He even found time to keynote a Chamber of Commerce gala with John McCain.
Yesterday, Flake held a “Financial Services” fundraiser and tomorrow he holds another fundraiser with the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, the same day Congress will vote to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.

Flake used to value Arizonans’ input: in 2009, he held town hall events focused on healthcare during the Obamacare debate. But 8 years later, Flake refuses to show up to more […]

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Senate Republicans Can’t Run Away from Trump’s Budget

American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp made the following statement on the Senate GOP and Donald Trump’s budget:

“Ready. Set. Go! Judging by how fast vulnerable Republicans like Dean Heller and Jeff Flake are trying to run away from Donald Trump’s budget, they know massive cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and food stamps aren’t just unpopular — they’d be disastrous for millions of Americans. But Senate Republicans have voted nearly 100% of the time with Trump, and they’ve even voted before to cut these exact same programs. No amount of spin will stop voters from finding out where they stand. Every Republican Senator — and every Republican thinking about running for Senate in 2018 — owns this disastrous budget.”

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?


Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”


Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

WATCH: “All have questions relating […]

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FLASHBACK: Republicans Demanded To Be Covered By Obamacare

The newest draft of the Republican health care plan would gut health insurance plans — but the GOP has exempted themselves from having to follow this dangerously bad law. Let’s take a look at what Republicans said just a few years ago, when they demanded to be covered by Obamacare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Republicans don’t want to face the consequences of gutting health care for millions of Americans — but they’ve exempted themselves so they can keep their own high-quality insurance. If you are a regular American suffering from cancer, or if your child has asthma, Republicans have no problem letting your premiums skyrocket, just as long as they don’t have to live by the same rules. But back in 2010, Republican Senators and Congressmen tried to score political points by demanding that they be included in the Obamacare exchanges. Saying one thing and doing another is […]

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