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Ahead of Recess DSCC Releases New Video: “Caught On Tape”

Spot features footage of potential GOP Senate candidates praising their toxic Healthcare Plan

As Republicans prepare to return home for their congressional recess at the end of this week, today the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is releasing a new web video highlighting footage of potential GOP Senate candidates praising their toxic Healthcare Plan: “Caught On Tape.” 

The spot features video footage of potential Republican Senate candidates from Indiana, Missouri, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio, and Michigan praising their Healthcare Plan in the days and hours before the bill was pulled – a topic that is sure to dominate the congressional recess period. As the Washington Post wrote this week, “the Republicans’ legislative struggles on healthcare will be front and center” during the two week break:  

“Somewhat oddly, floating the potential for a deal right before a two-week break only ensures Republicans’ legislative struggles on health care will be front and center for both conservative voters who want Obamacare gone and moderate voters who were wary of any deal in the first place.”

“Every Republican Senate candidate owns their party’s healthcare platform to make older Americans pay five times more for care, strip coverage from millions and increase costs for the middle class in order to give another tax break for big insurance companies — and that goes double for the potential candidates who have been caught on tape and on the record praising their toxic proposal,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  “During the two-week recess period every Republican will have to answer for both their broken healthcare promises, and for their reckless agenda that jeopardizes coverage for pre-existing conditions, cuts coverage and raises costs for working families. Republican Senate recruitment failures were already adding up before their disastrous healthcare debacle, and if any of these potential candidates decide they actually want to run for anything besides dog-catcher after their humiliating healthcare defeat they’ll see these clips again.” 

CAUGHT ON TAPE

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This week the Republican’s latest healthcare push – including their proposal jeopardizing coverage for pre-existing conditions – has dominated the headlines:

CNN: Revived GOP health care talks could hurt those with pre-existing conditions.
Huffington Post: Emerging GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Mean Sick People Pay (Much) More.
New York Times: Republican Health Proposal Would Undermine Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions.
Slate: Trumpcare May Be Back From the Dead, and It’s Uglier Than Ever.
The Week: The GOP has a new health-care plan. And it’s somehow even worse than before.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

As Inside Elections editor Nathan Gonzales recently stated Republicans are “in a box” following their healthcare fiasco – risking both depressing their base and alienating independent voters. Previously, the DSCC launched its first TV and digital advertising campaign of the 2018 cycle highlighting how the Republican Healthcare Plan hurts working families, and released a memo detailing the campaign implications for the Republican’s healthcare proposal and highlighting how every Republican Senate candidate will be weighed down by their Party’s reckless plan.

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