MUST-READ LA TIMES: TRUMP ADMIN “JEOPARDIZING HEALTH COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS.” Health insurance providers are sounding the alarm after months of “erratic management, inconsistent guidance and seeming lack of understanding of basic healthcare issues” from the White House that now threatens millions of Americans’ health plans. While the GOP touts that the ACA is collapsing, they leave out an important detail: they are driving it’s collapse.
“The growing frustration with the Trump administration’s management — reflected in letters to state regulators and in interviews with more than two dozen senior industry and government officials nationwide — undercuts a key White House claim that Obamacare insurance marketplaces are collapsing on their own.”
“Health plans and state regulators interviewed for this story said the Trump administration has significantly exacerbated turmoil in the marketplaces in recent months, contributing to rising premiums and the threat of marketplaces exits.”
Bottom line: the GOP is doing everything they can to undermine health care and voters will remember next November.
YOU’RE READING THIS RIGHT: RE-VOTE ON HEALTH CARE POSSIBLE. They’re already “caught on tape” for supporting their toxic health care plan but Bloomberg reports that House Republicans “now face the possibility of having to vote again” on a bill that strips coverage for pre-existing conditions and makes older Americans pay as much as five times more for their care. Hard to imagine that something cobbled together behind closed doors that few understood and were cajoled into supporting might need to be “redone.”
POTENTIAL CHALLENGERS IN A “TRICKY SPOT.” Higher premiums aren’t the only part of the Republican health care disaster putting potential GOP Senate challengers in a “tricky spot.” HuffPost reported this week that the House Republicans who supported this bill – despite promising that they’d cut costs and protect coverage for pre-existing conditions – now find themselves at odds with members of their own party…from their own state:
GOP AIDE: NEITHER CANDIDATES NOR CAMPAIGNS “ARE ADEQUATE.” Josh Kraushaar reported this week that “it’s not a happy time to be a Republican officeholder.” And if you don’t take it from him, how about the Republican strategist he spoke to: “The one thing that Republicans can control is the quality of their candidates and the quality of campaigns being run. Right now, neither are adequate.” Read the full story: “Dems Flex Muscles on GOP Turf.”
DSCC FUNDRAISING IS BEST OFF-YEAR APRIL IN COMMITTEE HISTORY. The DSCC raised $4.6 million last month, its best off-year April in the committee’s history, and has $14 million cash on hand. From Executive Director Mindy Myers: “Senate Democrats remain on the front lines to hold the White House accountable and fight against Republican’s reckless agenda, like a health care plan that will force older Americans to pay as much as five times more for care and strip coverage for pre-existing conditions, while giving insurance companies a big break. The support from our grassroots is a testament to this work and shows Americans across the country are a part of our fight.”
2018’s NASTIEST PRIMARY? The latest example of the GOP’s primary problems comes from Indiana where Representatives Luke Messer and Todd Rokita are engaged in “early attacks” that show how their competition “could become messy well before the May 2018 primary election.” Read the full scoop from Politico Pro with these key points:
Get your popcorn ready.
OHIO GOP SHADES MANDEL (AGAIN). State Treasurer Josh Mandel has had a rough time on just about every front – but especially when it comes to winning over members of his own party. Take a look:
IN THE STATES.
MN – Brainerd Dispatch: Klobuchar introduces bill to aid rural hospitals
MO – Springfield News-Leader: McCaskill bill would help consumers in ‘bare’ insurance markets
OH – The Hill: Sherrod Brown looks to defy Trump trend in Ohio
PA – Daily Item: Casey bill would aid grandparents raising grandkids amid opioid epidemic
(MORE) PA – New York Times: Bob Casey Was an Understated Senator. Then Came Trump.
WI – WIZM: Sen. Baldwin speak out on Trumpcare’s impact on opioid epidemic
(MORE) WI – WI-Fox 11: Sen. Baldwin pushes to hold drug makers accountable on cost
TWEET(S) OF THE WEEK. A week this yuge means we’ve got Tweets of the Day. Enjoy the weekend – we’ve earned it.