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DSCC QUICK TAKES: DEMS TAKE AIM AT “JUNK” INSURANCE – ANOTHER ED BOARD BACKS NELSON – HAWLEY “ABRUPTLY CANCELLED” CONTROVERSIAL FUNDRAISER – SINEMA’S HUGE Q3

DEMS TAKE AIM AT “JUNK” INSURANCE. Senate Democrats forced a vote today to overturn the junk insurance plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions, essential health benefits like maternity care, or prescriptions, forcing Republicans to make their priorities clear, and they have. From our memo this morning, here are three things to keep in mind:

  1. Polling shows “health care tops list of voters’ most important issues” and they trust Democrats on it more.
  2. On the trail – and in their paid media – Republican Senate candidates are playing defense on health care.
  3. Democrats have been laser focused on health care and are driving the contrast home in the closing weeks of the election.


YESTERDAY: ROLL CALL:
SENATE DEMS WANT REPUBLICANS TO TAKE A POSITION ON ‘JUNK’.

  • Critics call them “junk” plans, since they’re not required to comply with all the regulations of the 2010 health care law.
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduced a disapproval resolution in late August that would reverse the administration’s rule.
  • “These junk insurance plans can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care,” Baldwin said in a statement. “Anyone who says they support health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions should support this resolution.”

TODAY: SENATOR DEAN HELLER JUST CAST THE DECIDING VOTE TO SAVE JUNK HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND UNDERMINE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE.

PUTTING MONEY BEHIND THE MESSAGE: DEMS KEEP FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE. What campaigns spend money on are the best indicator of the messages that work and the National Journal reports “half of Democrats’ TV ads in federal races in September focused on health care.” More noteworthy: this focus has forced Republicans to spend their own resources on defense. Here are a few examples:

  • AZ: Defend Arizona tries to defend Congresswoman McSally, who reiterated just last month she would vote to gut protections for pre-existing conditions coverage.
  • IN – Braun tries to defend his health care record, which includes support for the pre-existing conditions lawsuit and high-cost deductibles for his company’s plans.
  • MO – Hawley tries to defend his record in an ad widely panned as “ridiculously dishonest” given he is on the lawsuit to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage.
  • ND – Cramer ties to defend his record, which includes voting to repeal the health care law and supporting the pre-existing conditions lawsuit.
  • NV – Heller tries to defend his record. Good luck.

HEADLINE: HAWLEY CANCELS FUNDRAISER WITH PREACHER WHO CALLED FOR REGULATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY. Minutes after promoting an event with a preacher who “once called for government regulation of homosexuality,” Josh Hawley was forced to cancel the fundraiser after receiving questions from reporters. Flashback to earlier this year when Hawley blamed sex trafficking on the 1960s sexual revolution.

PALM BEACH POST: KEEP NELSON IN THE SENATE. Senator Nelson earned his fourth major editorial endorsement from the Palm Beach Post, building on the support from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times. From the Post:

  • Nelson has served Florida for decades without a whiff of scandal. Scott? He entered office under a cloud of Medicare fraud committed by the hospital company he once ran. He then refused to answer questions in court by asserting his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 75 times.
  • His time in office has been marked by cronyism in making appointments, high-handed legal actions to fight government transparency that have cost state taxpayers millions, and a so-called “blind trust” that has invested in at least one company that stands to benefit from his actions as governor.
  • As Hurricane Michael bears down on the Florida Panhandle, we’re reminded that it’s times like these that Scott tends to shine; grandstanding in front of emergency management and law enforcement officials during press briefings, and urging Florida residents to prepare and evacuate.
  • But we can’t forget that 12 elderly residents of a Hollywood nursing home died in sweltering heat because there was no functioning backup generator after last season’s Hurricane Irma. Nor was one required under lax regulations pushed by Scott and the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. With a potential Category 3 storm predicted to hit the Panhandle today,, new generator rules — which were conceived in the wake of that nursing home disaster — are still not being implemented by many facilities, particularly hundreds in the region where Michael’s impact is likely to be felt hardest.

CLEVELAND.COM: ENDORSES SHERROD FOR HIS “TIRELESS WORK ETHIC.” The Cleveland.com editorial board backed Senator Brown for reelection, pointing to his “tireless work ethic,” “concern for the little guy,” and “connection to Ohio and support for its issues.”

SINEMA RAISES NEARLY $7 MILLION. Sinema is the latest Democrat to announce eye-popping fundraising numbers with nearly $7 million raised in the final quarter before the election. This may be why Congresswoman McSally and her allies are “hitting the panic button.”

VUKMIR SLAMMED FOR “DESPERATE AND DISHONEST CAMPAIGN.” The Cap Times editorial board is holding State Senator Leah Vukmir – who has “appeared on 14 primary and general election ballots over the past 16 years” – accountable for a “desperate and often dishonest campaign that constantly goes for gimmicks rather than substance.” Vukmir is scrambling in the wake of reports showing she blew off most of her Opioid Task Force meetings, voting against coverage for hearing-impaired kids and standing with insurance companies against a bill that would force them to cover oral chemotherapy.

DEM AD WATCH

MN – In “I Hear You,” Tina Smith outlines her efforts to fight for pre-existing conditions coverage and lower prescription costs.

ND – Heidi Heitkamp pledges her loyalty to North Dakota’s faith and self-reliance over partisan brawls in her ad, “Every Day.”

OH – Sherrod Brown’s new ad, “Our Friends,” features his dog as he talks about his record of pulling toxic dog treats from pet stores.

TN – Tennesseans call Marsha Blackburn a liar for falsely portraying Phil Bredesen’s zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment in his ad, “Liar.”

IN THE STATES

MI-Lenconnect.com: Stabenow introduces legislation to improve home health
MN-Gray TV: Senator Tina Smith presses Trump Administration for farmer help
MS-WTOK: Espy endorsed by Legislative Black Caucus
MT-Sidney Herald: Tester questions staff shortage at Sidney ag lab
WI-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tammy Baldwin to lead Democratic push to overturn Donald Trump administration rule on health coverage

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