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