THE NEW HEALTHCARE DYNAMIC: GOP SENATE CANDIDATES OWN THIS PLAN. This week the Republicans revealed their healthcare plan – and it’s no wonder they tried to keep this bill a secret: their plan makes middle class families pay more for less care, forces older Americans to pay as much as five times more for insurance, guts drug abuse treatment, and jeopardizes access to lifesaving women’s healthcare. It’s a clear example of how Republicans are pushing the agenda of the big insurance companies at the expense of hardworking Americans. Here’s the bottom line: every Republican Senate candidate running in 2018 will have to defend their attack on Americans’ healthcare.
Read the DSCC’s new memo, “The New Healthcare Dynamic: GOP Senate Candidates Own This Plan,” and see what they’re saying about the Democrats’ healthcare offensive:
Roll Call: Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan.
The Hill: Vulnerable Republicans feel the heat on ObamaCare replacement bill.
Politico’s Morning Score: DSCC releases memo on health care.
NBC: Democrats Rev Up Health Care Offensive as Bill Clears Committees
MSNBC: DSCC Chairman Van Hollen: “Regardless of whether it gets a vote, we’ll make sure there is no rock Republican Senate candidates can hide under.”
In the states, the reaction has been even worse:
AP: House GOP health bill adds up to big tax cut for the rich
IN – CBS 4 Local: New GOP health care bill would have major impact on HIP 2.0, Indiana lawmakers call it ‘a real concern’
FL – Miami Herald: Medicaid spending caps in GOP health plan could be costly for Florida, experts say
MI – Detroit News: GOP health care plan meets some Michigan skepticism
MO – Missourian: Health plan would raise coverage costs
MT – NBC Montana: GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan would lower taxes for the rich
OH – NPR: Ohio Hospital Official Raises Concerns About GOP Health Care Plan
PA – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Critics: Healthy, wealthy benefit from GOP plan
PA – PennLive.com: There’s nothing ‘affordable’ about the GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement: Editorial
VA – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Affordable Care Act replacement proposal could mean less funds for Virginians
WV – Charleston Gazette-Mail: GOP’s health bill spurs anxiety
ME – Bangor Daily News: Older Mainers on Obamacare likely to see big changes
THERE’S A BEER THEMED HOTEL COMING TO OHIO, AND JOSH MANDEL SURE COULD USE IT. It’s been just three weeks since Josh Mandel’s “self-promotional” TV spending scandal broke and by the looks of this Toledo Blade cartoon, it isn’t going away anytime soon.
Here’s a trip down recent-memory lane:
Dayton Daily News: Ohio treasurer ran state-funded ads just before announcing Senate run
Dayton Daily News: State treasurer defends spending $1.84M in public money on TV ads
Cleveland.com: Treasurer Josh Mandel spent $1.7 M tax dollars on TV ads featuring himself, Urban Meyer
Fox 8: Ad campaign cost Ohio taxpayers $1.7 million
ABC 6: Mandel defends spending taxpayer money on TV ads
Cleveland Plain-Dealer Editorial: Josh Mandel’s $1.7 million in taxpayer-financed “public service” ads look like a political plug: editorial
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial: Mandel Being Mandel
And in the kind of hypocrisy that defines Mandel’s self-serving political agenda, just two days after the Cleveland Plain-Dealer called on him to apologize for his fraud, waste and corruption, Mandel tweeted the following:
REP. CRAMER SEEING RED. Women in North Dakota wore red to commemorate International Women’s Day and plan to send a copy of the picture to Kevin Cramer, the congressman who described the women who wore white to the Joint Address as having a “disease” to let him know that they found his comments offensive.
IN THE STATES
FL – The Ledger: Sen. Bill Nelson addresses key issues at Strawberry Festival
IN – The Herald Tribune: Donnelly receives award for supporting manufacturing
OH – Columbus Dispatch: For Democrats, Sherrod Brown is key voice in Trump era
MT – KRTV 3: Concerned Montanans attend town hall meeting with Senator Tester
MI – Bloomberg: China’s Trademarks for Trump Create Conflict, Democrats Say
MI – USA Today: China defends approval of 38 Trump trademarks
MO-The Washington Post: U.S. senator calls for investigation of DEA enforcement slowdown amid opioid crisis
WV-Clear County Free Press: Manchin introduces legislation to give recovering addicts a clean start
WI-WIZM: Tammy Baldwin pressuring White House on buying American steel
AND FINALLY, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, YOUR FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS TWEET OF THE WEEK: