*NEW* CBPP: HELLER “WOULD GUT PROTECTIONS” FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. The self-imposed disaster that is Senator Heller’s health care record managed to get even worse today with a new report from the CBPP finding that his bill – in addition to increasing premiums and cutting Medicaid – would also “gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” It’s the latest example that Heller – who repeatedly promised Nevadans that he would protect his state’s Medicaid coverage – is only looking out for himself. This dangerous plan out of step with voters of every political persuasion, and voters will hold him and every GOP Senate candidate accountable in 2018.
RE: THINGS THAT ARE CONFUSING & ALSO UNTRUE. Here is what Heller said at the press conference introducing legislation that would cost Nevada $250 million: “To me, it’s like Apple coming out with the iPhoneX,’ he said. ‘If you don’t want to buy it, you can keep your iPhone7. But there is an iPhoneX out there, a bigger and better product. If you like your iPhone7, if you like your old Medicaid program, you can keep it.”
Here are the facts:
GOP SABOTAGE RAISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. The CBO estimates that health care premiums are expected to rise by 15 percent next year, a result of Republicans’ ongoing sabotage of the health insurance system. Polling has overwhelmingly shown that voters will hold Republicans “accountable for failing to address problems in the marketplaces.”
RINSE & REPEAT: GOP PRIMARIES GET WORSE. Fractures within the GOP are fueling Senate primaries, “undermining the party’s prospects” and “inflaming tensions.” In Arizona and Nevada – and now Tennessee – Republican Senators are facing primary challengers, further endangering vulnerable incumbents, risking “draining millions from party coffers,” and leaving their party with no clear message heading into the 2018 campaigns.
National Journal: Trump Drives a Wedge Between GOP Senate Candidates and His Base.
New York Times: Mercurial Trump Rattles Republican Party Ahead of Midterms.
NPR: Trump, Bannon Maneuvers Could Threaten GOP Senate Majority.
The Hill: GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks.
NBC First Read: Bannon’s Civil War Could Undercut the GOP’s Top 2018 Advantage.
CNN: Source: Bannon and allies preparing primary challenges against GOP senators.
NOT-SO-SHADOW CAMPAIGN IN #MTSEN. Sitting Judge Russell Fagg may say that he’s only “exploring” a Senate run, but his actions tell a different story. Fagg has been touring the state, touting endorsements, and fundraising for a future campaign, with local news outlets commenting that he “looks and sounds like a candidate” and “certainly sounds like he’s made up his mind to run.” So why the shadow campaign if he’s clearly gearing up for a run? In Fagg’s own words, “he cannot ethically campaign for the seat while serving as a judge.” Yet that’s exactly what he’s doing.
MORE #MTSEN: PRIMARY CANDIDATES “STARTING TO THROW SOME ELBOWS.” KPAX reports that no one is breaking out in the crowded Montana GOP Senate primary, so the candidates are “starting to throw some elbows” and have wasted no time pointing out that one – Maryland native Matt Rosendale – has been “running for office basically since he” moved to Montana in 2002.
WEEKEND LISTEN: Don’t miss Joe Donnelly’s interview on the Axe Files to hear why he’s focused on policy – not politics – and why he’s so driven to make health care more affordable. Listen here.
IN THE STATES.
IN – WISH: Donnelly pitches jobs bill to Trump
MT – Missoula Current: Tester secures funding to provide beds for homeless vets in Missoula
(MORE) MT – Sidney Herald: Tester announces disaster assistance for fires
ND – Grand Forks Herald: Heitkamp in announcing re-election bid says she’s a centrist who can work across the political aisle
OH – Cleveland.com: Sen. Sherrod Brown to introduce legislation giving Equifax victims 10 years of free credit monitoring
(MORE) OH – Plunderbund: Brown Promises ‘Hell Of A Fight’ Against Taxing Retirement Savings
WI – Wisconsin State Farmer: Farmers Union presents Golden Triangle to Sen. Tammy Baldwin
WV – AP: 4 senators, nonprofit to unveil initiative for Appalachia
TWEET OF THE WEEK.