American Bridge Calls BS On Senate GOP’s Empty Health Care Rhetoric

In response to the Senate GOP’s fake disagreements over their health care bill today, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“The stakes today are too high to accept Mitch McConnell’s dishonest kabuki theater at face value. The Republican Senate’s health care bill would strip health care from millions and raise costs for even more — and the entire GOP, from Ted Cruz to Dean Heller — is poised to vote for it. Dean Heller’s mealy-mouthed statement today doesn’t change the fact that he’s voted repeatedly to end Medicaid expansion and defund Planned Parenthood. Everyone knows what Dean Heller’s real agenda is.”

On health care, moderates quiet while conservatives put their foot down
By Caitlin Owens | 6/22/16 4:25 PM

Only hours after the release of the Senate health care bill, four conservative senators put out a statement saying they can’t support the bill in its current […]

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New Layoffs at Boeing Plant Trump Visited; Carrier to Layoff Hundreds Next Month

Hundreds of American workers are going to be laid off from a Boeing plant where President Trump promised that, as long as he’s president, “American workers will always win.” Trump visited Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina Dreamliner plant in February and pledged to “put our great people back to work.”

Boeing today announced new layoffs at that same Dreamliner facility and other Boeing facilities in North Charleston  In fact, since Trump’s February speech at the facility, Boeing has laid off 1,343 workers nationally, not counting the nearly 200 that were just-announced. And Boeing isn’t the only firm that’s continued to lay off workers on Trump’s watch: Carrier is set to begin laying off 600 more employees next month, despite Trump’s rewarding the firm with Indiana taxpayer-funded incentives last year.

“Despite Trump’s campaign promises, the career outsourcer has watched more than 122,000 […]

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Failure to Lead: Gillespie on TrumpCare

Ed Gillespie has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but today he’s hiding his position on this disastrous bill. The Senate bill would strip away Medicaid funding that Virginia relies on to fight the growing Opioid epidemic in Virginia. Not only that, but Virginia voters reject the plan 2 to 1 according to recent polling, concerned that increased health care costs and deep cuts to Medicaid would leave them with nowhere to turn.

Opioid Facts in Virginia:

At least 40,000 Virginians with substance abuse issues rely on Medicaid. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

At least 2 Virginians die per day from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

More than 800 died from opioid overdoses in 2015. [Kaiser Family […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Dean Heller abandons Nevadans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill guts aid for addiction

Last year, Dean Heller called opioid abuse “a major public health concern” and called for immediate steps to help afflicted communities.

That was then. Now, driven by partisan politics that put partisan point-scoring first and Nevadans last, Heller is racing to get to a yes on the Senate’s health care bill that will gut aid for addiction.

“Dean Heller is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Nevadans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “The unfortunate reality is opioid abuse has become a major public health concern – and something needs to be done. We know […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Pat Toomey Abandons Pennsylvanians on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill guts aid for addiction

In March, Pat Toomey recognized the opioid addiction crisis was a “huge problem” that hadn’t spared any part of Pennsylvania.

That was then.

“Now, Pat Toomey is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Pennsylvanians when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

Then: “Pennsylvania is being hit as badly by this scourge as any other state in the union. This is a huge problem. I know it’s a problem here in Bucks County, but it’s a problem in every county, every community.”- Pat Toomey on CBS Philadelphia, 3/31/16

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Jeff Flake Abandons Arizonans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill aid for addiction

Earlier this month, Jeff Flake praised Arizona’s governor for addressing the opioid crisis in their state.

That was then.

“Now, Jeff Flake is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Arizonans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “Kudos to @dougducey for taking action to address the growing number of opioid deaths in #Arizona”-Jeff Flake Twitter 6/5/17

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives lost, more communities torn apart.” – Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, 6/22/17

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Healthcare Experts, Organizations​ Condemn Backroom Senate Trumpcare Bill 

The Trumpcare bill that Republican Senators developed behind closed doors is being met with forceful opposition from healthcare experts and associations across the country who are warning that it would have devastating effects on patients and their families.

These experts confirm that the Senate package duplicates the House Trumpcare bill, and that its even deeper cuts to Medicaid would be extremely painful for the tens of millions of working people, seniors, and children who depend on it.

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal writes that the Senate’s “Health Bill Gives Huge Tax Cuts to Businesses, High-Income Households.”

“Senate Republicans wrote their Trumpcare plan behind closed doors because they know how painful its effects would be for the American people,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.  “We don’t know which lobbyists these Republicans let into the room as they developed this appalling bill that would take health insurance from millions, gut […]

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