NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE STANDS UP FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. This week, the GOP took yet another step toward cutting affordable and accessible health care. In addition to their proposals to implement an age tax, they’re now expanding short-term insurance plans that would threaten coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Their expansion of “junk insurance plans” is aimed at sabotaging the health care system by luring “healthy people away from the broader insurance market, raising premiums for sicker people and putting purchasers at risk.” From the New York Times:
Despite the fact that a majority of voters want to see affordable health care protected and expanded, not a single Republican Senate candidate has chosen to do the right thing and defend health care. This is a major miscalculation given health care is the defining issue of 2018.
ICYMI: “DEMOCRATS HAVE AN EDGE ON HEALTHCARE.” The latest poll by Axios and Survey Monkey shows that democrats’ messaging and fight to protect affordable health care is resonating with voters.
SENATE DEMOCRATS FIGHT BACK AGAINST SHODDY SHORT-TERM PLANS. Senate Democrats are fighting for hard working Americans’ health care by forcing a vote on the GOP’s “skimpier” short-term health plans. The short term plans are a disaster for the health care system and “could confront purchasers with huge costs if they become seriously ill.”
HEADLINE: NEVADA SENATOR’S HEALTH CARE VIEWS HEAT UP RE-ELECTION FIGHT. As the AP reported this week, Senator Dean Heller’s role in the ongoing GOP effort to undermine our health care system is catching up to him.
HEITKAMP “CHARTS HER OWN PATH.” Senator Heidi Heitkamp has spent her career fighting for North Dakotans. Yahoo reports from the campaign trail as she “charts her own path.”
SELF-SERVING RICK SCOTT ENSNARED IN MORE MONEY SCANDALS, REVEALING HIS LOYALTY TO BIG MONEY. Rick Scott was forced to disclose his incriminating finances totaling over a quarter-billion dollars this week. His records show he’s canoodled with foreign adversaries ranging from the dangerous Chinese company, ZTE, to Russian shipping companies linked to Putin.
His disclosures also reveal he’s consistently prioritized big money and special interests over Floridians.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Nelson is taking tangible steps to help hard-working Floridians, like demanding a federal investigation into SunPass operations and filing legislation help small businesses respond to the algae crisis. It’s no wonder San Juan’s mayor endorsed him this week.
MIAMI HERALD: FLORIDA BEACHES HAVE A PROBLEM, AND ITS NAME IS RICK SCOTT. The algae infestation hurting Florida’s beaches – the state’s “top tourism asset” – didn’t just develop overnight. As the Miami Herald explains, Self-Serving Scott put himself and his cronies first to undermine safeguards that kept Florida safe. Now, the state is reeling:
BREDESEN SWEEPS TENNESSEE PRIMARY. Former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen was “the last Democrat to win statewide in Tennessee,” and he’s running to do it again, this time for the Senate. Last night, Bredesen handily swept the primary with 91.5% of the vote and Volunteers proved they were fired up for the Democrat’s Senate race, which turned out more votes than the gubernatorial primary.
Here’s a flashback to what some of Bredesen’s Republican colleagues have said about him:
BADGER BRAWL TURNS TRUMP TRYOUT. Following last Friday’s debate, in which Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir refused to disagree with Donald Trump on anything, the nasty Wisconsin GOP Senate primary this week turned “brutal,” as Vukmir and Nicholson viciously attacked each other for not supporting Trump enough.
Kevin Nicholson backs reducing Social Security benefits, raising retirement age — After a month in which he received more than $2 million in TV support from Dick Uihlein-funded Club for Growth — which has been trying to privatize Social Security for more than a decade — Kevin Nicholson this week endorsed means-testing Social Security and raising the retirement age. Shocking!
For her part, Leah Vukmir has for months expressed an openness to Paul Ryan-style deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Leah Vukmir fought turning over documents related to ALEC work, let taxpayers foot the legal bill — But for all of Vukmir’s professed concern for cutting government spending, Vukmir had no problem letting taxpayers foot the $15,000 legal bill as she fought to avoid turning over documents related to her work as a national leader for the Koch brothers-funded American Legislative Exchange Council.
ED BOARDS POUNCE ON REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATES. Unfortunately for Senate Republican candidates, editorial boards were on fire this week and not in their favor. Here are the top 5 editorials to read before Monday:
DEM AD WATCH.
FL – In “Gouge,” Senator Bill Nelson hits Rick Scott for price gouging during post-Irma hurricane recovery.
MN – Senator Smith highlights her work to fight for affordable health care in her new ad, “Prescriptions.”
NV – Congresswoman Jacky Rosen released a new spanish language ad, “Compas,” which highlights Sen. Heller’s rubber-stamping of trump policies.
IN THE STATES.
MN – Valley News Live: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s staff visits Moorhead for “Health Care Cost Listening Tour”
MO – Kansas City Star: Claire McCaskill files bill to boost duck boat safety while lawsuits keep rolling in
MT – Daily Energy Insider: Sen. Tester introduces bill to build out electric infrastructure in rural areas
NV – Las Vegas Sun: Rosen meets patients with pre-existing conditions as GOP seeks to gut Obamacare
WI – Wisconsin Ag Connection: Sen. Baldwin Authors Amendment to Fund for Daily Innovation
TWEET OF THE WEEK.