Messer and Rokita Will Still Have to Answer for the AHCA

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Indiana, Republicans hoping to run for U.S. Senate won’t be able to escape their record.

“Whether it’s Republicans’ latest health bill, or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer are stuck with their cruel plan to take away health care from millions — like gum stuck to a shoe,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Despite the health care bill’s collapse in the Senate, they voted for it in the House, and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Hoosiers will hold them responsible.”

Both Luke Messer and Todd Rokita  voted for ACHA in the House, and have  Read more after the jump.

Over 270,000 Hoosiers 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 Indiana, the Senate Republican bill would kick over 200,000 people off of Medicaid and strip over 60,000 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 Indiana families might. Hoosiers 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 […]

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Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of ​Indiana

Donald Trump is overtly sabotaging insurance markets as he pushes Trumpcare on the country, and it’s now costing ​Hoosiers. Today,Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, it would withdraw from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the​ state of  Indiana.

This news comes after Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to unilaterally cut-off ​Affordable Care Act funding that ​is critical to 7 million working Americans having health insurance, which is roiling markets.​”Donald Trump is sabotaging the Affordable Care Act marketplaces and the people of ​Indiana  are going to pay the price. Trump’s efforts to deliberately undermine the insurance markets are hurting people right now, and his reckless behavior is unconscionable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Shripal Shah. “​Hoosiers deserve far better. It’s time for Donald Trump and Republicans in ​Indiana to side with the majority of the American people who want […]

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The Senate GOP is still struggling to recruit candidates. Their problem this time? Money.

“Republicans are struggling to get their top recruits for Senate to actually take the plunge — and no wonder. No politician wants to hitch their political fate to the Senate GOP’s devastating health care bill that is unpopular in every state in the country. They’d rather collect corporate campaign checks and hope things get better. Here’s news for Republican hopefuls: this is just the beginning of the horrible headlines you’ll be running against,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Roll Call: Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate

By Simone Pathe | June 18, 2017

“It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year,” but most “are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns.”
“Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide.”
“And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may […]

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GOP Senate Primaries Are Getting Nasty and Crowded

Two stories out this morning expose how weak Republican Senate candidate recruitment efforts are this cycle. Expensive, damaging primaries are starting to look inevitable as top-tier politicians stay on the sidelines and second-string candidates crowd the field.

Roll Call reports that devastating primary fights may be ahead in three must-win states for Senate Republicans as state attorneys general are weighing Senate bids.

In West Virginia, “the sparring is out in the open” with Rep. Evan Jenkins and A.G. Patrick Morrisey attacking each other almost daily.
In Missouri, “Some Republicans in Missouri are pushing Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate” against GOP Rep. Ann Wagner, amid hand-wringing that Wagner’s long career as a D.C. insider may be a serious liability.
And in Indiana, Attorney General Curtis Hill is considering joining the nasty fray between Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Luke Messer. Hill, “who’s been peppering his Lincoln Day Dinner speeches with […]

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Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?

Nothing.

(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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American Bridge Targets GOP Senate Hopefuls With Google Search Ads on Trump and Russia

Following Trump’s Leak To Russians, Ads Will Pressure Republicans To Support An Independent Investigation

Republican members of Congress considering a run for Senate are hiding from voters and the press, refusing to confront Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of classified information to Russian officials and his reckless firing of FBI Director James Comey. This week, American Bridge will be helping out their constituents with search ads on Google explaining how they can hold their Member of Congress accountable.

The ads will appear on Google when users search for information about Trump’s leak to the Russians and the firing of James Comey. The ads will direct voters to an American Bridge websitethat helps them hold their member of Congress accountable and call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads target Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike […]

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Representatives Susan Brooks Braces to Threaten Health Coverage for Indianans with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Indiana and across America. And U.S. Representative Susan Brooks is right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Indiana.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representative Susan Brooks should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Indiana.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the White House’s own Office of […]

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Congressman Luke Messer Suddenly  Discovers “The American Worker”

Today, career politician and Washington insider Rep. Luke Messer launches a “Task Force on the American Worker,” just in time to pad his resume before he runs for U.S. Senate.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made this statement in response:

“Congratulations to Congressman Messer for discovering that American workers need our support. Messer has almost nothing to show for five years in Washington, so it’s no surprise that on the eve of his U.S. Senate campaign he’s in damage control mode. After half a decade in Congress, Messer failed to sponsor a single bill that was signed into law, but he has politicked all the way to fifth in House Leadership. It’s clear where Congressman Messer’s priorities lie — and marketing gimmicks won’t fool anyone.”

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Todd Young Gets Fitted With His Puppet Strings Via $24.3 Million

More than $24.3 million from outside groups has been spent boosting up GOP Congressman Todd Young in his Senate race. Who gave the man with a 94% AFP score for the 114th Congress all of that money? Washington insiders and the Koch brothers.

Mitch McConnell’s PAC has “spent more than $10.6 million to help get Young elected” and Koch affiliated groups have funneled in $3 million on “television and digital ads, mailers and phone banking.”

The Kochs and McConnell’s cronies (aka Koch cronies) are clearly setting up Young to be another puppet for them in Washington. Hoosiers deserve someone who puts their interests first — not a special interest puppet.

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