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DSCC QUICK TAKES: BLOOMBERG EDITORIAL: FUTURE OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS AT STAKE IN THE MIDTERMS — HELLER’S “BIG MISTAKE” ON HEALTH CARE — TAMPA BAY TIMES ALGAE CRISIS: “NO ONE IS MORE RESPONSIBLE THAN SCOTT” — DONNELLY TAKES CAMPAIGN TO LUNCH

BLOOMBERG EDITORIAL: FUTURE OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS AT STAKE IN THE MIDTERMS. Health care remains the defining issue of this election and according to a new Bloomberg editorial, as the GOP continues its ruthless attacks on our health care, “voters ought to take stock of the harm that has deliberately been done — piece by piece, with effects now and in future — to an initiative that the U.S. badly needed.”

  • The system stands to deteriorate in years ahead, because President Trump, having failed to persuade Congress to repeal Obamacare, has been working to sabotage it.
  • His administration is enabling the sale of low-quality health insurance and making it harder for people to sign up for Obamacare plans. It’s also pushing in court to do away with Obamacare’s popular protection for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, obesity and other pre-existing conditions.
  • The Justice Department is siding with the 20 states now suing to dismantle the reform. The states charge that, without the individual mandate, the law’s protection for people with pre-existing conditions is illegal. This position is so outlandish that even many critics of Obamacare refuse to go along. “Everybody I know in the Senate, everybody is in favor of maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
  • The midterms are important for other reasons, too — but the future of U.S. health insurance should be high on the list of citizens’ concerns. In choosing candidates for state government and for Congress, voters should look for candidates who promise to protect and expand the gains in health-care coverage that the ACA has achieved.

HELLER’S “BIG MISTAKE” ON HEALTH CARE. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Dean Heller admitted he still wants to take away Nevadans’ pre-existing conditions coverage and called the GOP’s decision to start with repeal last year a “big mistake.” However, it’s Heller who made the big mistake when he broke his promise to Nevadans health care and then wrote and voted for the bill that would strip Nevadans of their pre-existing conditions coverage.

TAMPA BAY TIMES COLUMN ON TOXIC ALGAE CRISIS: “NO ONE IS MORE RESPONSIBLE THAN SCOTT.” Floridians are taking self-serving Rick Scott to task for his role in Florida’s ongoing algae bloom crisisA Tampa Bay Times column asserted that “no one is more responsible than Scott for the crisis and that “Scott has done little to prevent this out-of-the-norm outbreak this summer. You could even argue his policies have encouraged it.”

NELSON HOLDS SCOTT ACCOUNTABLE ON ALGAE CRISIS. Senator Nelson released a new digital ad, “Algae,” which calls Scott out for his abysmal record on cutting environmental protections and giving polluters a pass which caused the Algae problem. Watch here.

SELF SERVING SCOTT’S SHADY FINANCES MAKE NEWS AGAIN.  New revelations about Self Serving Rick Scott’s finances emerge every week. This time, Politico reports that Scott’s wife gave a “six-figure loan to a woman who works at the firm managing his blind trust.” This is yet another shady story in a string of questionable financial practices Scott has been involved in. See more of the recent headlines:

DONNELLY TAKES CAMPAIGN TO LUNCH. Senator Donnelly continues his travels around Indiana this week meeting Hoosiers and touting his record has a bipartisan problem solver. The Washington Times-Herald reports that “for Donnelly, being successful is not about winning the red or blue areas of Indiana. “It’s about the red, white and blue.”

CRAMER CAUGHT IN A LIE. On the campaign trail, Kevin Cramer bragged that he has never voted to shut down the government. PolitiFact determined that to be mostly false. In fact, it “found multiple instances where Cramer indirectly helped to cause a shutdown.” Cramer’s allegiance to party over North Dakotans caused harmful government shutdowns that he’s now running away from.

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IN THE STATES

MO – WGEM: Sen. McCaskill meets with NEMO farmers, talks trade war

ND – Fergus Falls Journal: Heidi Heitkamp takes campaign lakeside: North Dakota senator visits Battle Lake’s Beach Bums

WI – News8000: Tammy Baldwin’s “In Your Corner” tour stops in Cashton

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