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DSCC QUICK TAKES: GOP HEALTH CARE SABOTAGE “COULD REALLY STICK IT TO CONSUMERS” — NICHOLSON REJECTS MINIMUM WAGE — BRAUN DISMISSES DESTRUCTIVE TRADE WAR IMPACT ON HOOSIERS

GOP HEALTH CARE SABOTAGE “COULD REALLY STICK IT TO CONSUMERS.” Last week the GOP announced the latest plank in their toxic health care agenda: the expansion of “junk” health insurance plans, which HuffPost reports would “expose consumers to surprise, sometimes staggering medical bills.”

  • Short-term policies do not have to cover mental health care, prescriptions, or other services that the 2010 health care law calls essential. And insurers don’t have to sell these policies to people who have pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Under the new rules that HHS released last week, insurers can go back to selling short-term plans that last for (nearly) one year and, in a new twist, they’ll be able to let consumers renew those plans twice. If insurers decide to offer such policies, consumers could then hold “short term” coverage for what basically works out to three years.
  • They wouldn’t even have to worry about the individual mandate, because, thanks to the GOP tax bill that Trump signed late last year, the penalty falls to zero in 2019.
  • Yet another hazard for buyers is the ambiguity over pre-existing conditions. When insurers see a big claim, they will frequently scour medical records for evidence of pre-existing conditions, sometimes denying payment for people who thought they had applied for coverage ― and given their histories ― in good faith.
  • Insurance commissioners aren’t just worried about surprise bills for people who get short-term plans. They also worry about insurance markets becoming less stable. One possibility is that insurers will develop new policies that look more like Affordable Care Act ― just enough to attract people who want comprehensive coverage ― while still leaving out key benefits and selling only to people in good health.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed the GOP for the last year-and-half, but Axios reported that the GOP will continue its assault on affordable health care if they win the midterms in November.

NICHOLSON REJECTS MINIMUM WAGE. Kevin Nicholson continues to prove that he’s out of touch with the needs of Wisconsin’s families. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that on the issue of minimum wage, Nicholson rejected even the concept of a minimum wage, saying “I’m very wary of dictating to any kind of employer what their wages should be.”

But he’s not the only Republican Senate candidate that’s out of touch with his state’s voters…

BRAUN DISMISSES DESTRUCTIVE TRADE WAR IMPACT ON HOOSIERS. The GOP’s trade war continues to ravage Indiana, but Mike Braun continues to deny the impact its having. When asked about the tariffs Braun told the Washington Examiner, “People that are successful know how to see into the long, he said. “Everybody needs to give it a little time to work out.”

ARIZONA PRIMARY ENTERS CRISIS MODE FOR MCSALLY & ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS. As the bitter battle for the Arizona GOP Primary rages on, Arizona Republicans fear that Congresswoman McSally is floundering. Republican super PAC, DefendArizona, has stepped in to help her beat rival Kelli Ward.

CRUZ BACKLASH: BETO RAISES HALF A MILLION IN 24 HOURS. This weekend, Beto O’Rourke raised more than half a million dollars in 24 hours in response to Ted Cruz’s false ads.

WHAT FLORIDIANS ARE READING ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE MIAMI HERALD: SELF-SERVING SCOTT LINKED TO SUNPASS SCANDAL. Read more about Scott’s latest headache here.

DEM AD WATCH

AZ – Kyrsten Sinema focuses on her record to protect Arizonans’ access to health care and to fight an age tax on older Arizonans. Watch “Protect.”

TN – Governor Bredesen highlights support he’s earned from across aisle for his work putting Tennessee first. Watch “What Republicans Are Saying.”

 

IN THE STATES

TN – Tennessean: Phil Bredesen pulls sound bites from Republicans in latest ad in Tennessee US Senate race

WI – WKOW: Sen. Baldwin visits Janesville to promote roadwork legislation

FL – WPBF: Sen. Nelson holds round table discussion on algae

MT – Billings Gazette: Tester fights to rein in campaign spending

MO – Southeast Missourian: Sen. McCaskill visits Cape, talks tariff ‘damage’

WV – WTRF: Senator Manchin holds pre-existing conditions round table discussion

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