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 […]

Read more after the jump.

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.

Read more after the jump.

FACT SHEET: How Trumpcare Would Harm Florida

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Senator Marco Rubio will be pivotal in whether or not the Affordable Care Act is repealed with Trumpcare in its place, and below is key information about how the Trumpcare bill would be disastrous for Floridians.

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 […]

Read more after the jump.

TrumpCare is a disaster for Florida, but Putnam Still Silent

Following more and more evidence that TrumpCare is a disaster for Florida and Putnam’s continued silence, American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Florida needs a leader, and by failing to address the cruel TrumpCare bill that is a disaster for Floridians’ health and pocketbooks, Putnam has proven that he’s simply not cut out for the job.”

Palm Beach Post: Obamacare GOP Senate cure inflames Florida premiums by projected 69%

The Senate plan to fix Obamacare would raise premiums an average of 69 percent for more than 1 million Floridians, according to research that risks setting off all the wrong kind of fireworks for GOP lawmakers as they head home during a July 4 break.

The numbers portray even less of a picnic for older consumers. The Senate bill would raise Affordable Care Act marketplace premiums $6,910 a […]

Read more after the jump.

Over 2,000,000 Floridians Could Lose Healthcare With #Trumpcare

“GOP leaders delayed the vote on Trumpcare today because they’re already feeling the backlash from their constituents. But it will only get worse,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

“Trumpcare would decimate health care across the country, kicking millions off their insurance and raising costs for millions more. In Florida, the Senate Republican bill would kick over 1.2 million people off of Medicaid and strip over 800,000 of their private insurance. No family in America should have to choose between essential health care and bankruptcy, but if this bill becomes law, tens of thousands of Florida families might. Floridians deserve better.”

CAP: Coverage Losses by State for the Senate Health Care Repeal Bill
By Emily Gee | June 27, 2017

The Center for American Progress has estimated how many Americans would lose coverage by state and congressional district based on the CBO’s projections. By 2026, on average, about 50,500 fewer people will […]

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 […]

Read more after the jump.

Adam Putnam Complicit on Dangerous TrumpCare Bill

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Adam Putnam has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but today he’s hiding from this disastrous bill that would leave Floridians paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic… all for a few tax breaks for the wealthiest few.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new TrumpCare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

Florida near last of […]

Read more after the jump.

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 […]

Read more after the jump.

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.”

Read more after the jump.

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 […]

Read more after the jump.