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Rep. Annie Kuster, Protect Our Care, Public Policy Polling Discuss New Poll Showing Broad Support For Democrats’ Health Care Agenda

Full press call audio HERE

New Survey From Public Policy Polling Comes As U.S. House Prepares to Consider Legislation to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions As White House Threatens To Veto Those Efforts

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH-02) along with Protect Ouhuur Care and Public Policy Polling held a press call today to highlight legislation introduced by House Democrats being voted on this week and next that will improve the nation’s health care system by strengthening protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care. Participants highlighted the results of a new poll that showed the majority of Americans support House Democrats’ lower costs, better care agenda.

Rep. Kuster’s bill H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019,” is one of several bills introduced by House Democrats and being voted on this week to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions from the Trump administration’s health care sabotage and to lower the costs of health care. Rep. Kuster’s bill is scheduled for a vote on Thursday, but the White House has already threatened to veto it.

“We cannot go back to a time when Americans with pre-existing conditions can be charged more or denied care,” said Rep. Kuster. “My legislation provides the much-needed pushback against the Trump Administration’s repeated and ongoing sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and our healthcare system. I remain focused on how we can strengthen our healthcare system and I will continue fighting to make the ACA work better for all Americans.”

“Health care champions like Rep. Kuster are working every day to protect millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions from the ongoing sabotage from the Trump administration,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse. “While the president is hellbent on destroying the nation’s health care system, poll after poll shows us that Americans are fed up with his constant sabotage and support legislation from Democrats like Rep. Kuster that protect patients with pre-existing conditions and make health care more affordable.”

White House Threatens Veto of “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act”

Washington, DC – Late yesterday, the White House threatened to veto H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019,” ahead of its scheduled vote on the House floor tomorrow. The bill introduced by Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) would protect patients with pre-existing conditions from abuse by insurance companies that is enabled by new Trump administration regulations that sabotage our health care. The Trump administration has also filled a lawsuit to overturn health care laws including protections that stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

In response to their shameless veto threat, Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“Democrats are working to protect patients with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma but the Trump administration is now threatening to veto those efforts. Trump and his Republican allies have tried to repeal these protections for people with pre-existing conditions, then they went to court to strike them down and now they’re threatening to veto them. No matter how many false promises they make to the American people, the record shows they’ll do everything they can to let insurance companies gut coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.”

Trump Doubles Down on Support for Texas Lawsuit to Rip Apart Our Nation’s Health Care Laws in New Legal Filing

In its Legal Brief Filed Today in the Trump-Texas Lawsuit, the DOJ went further than their Previous Statements of Support to Reiterate Desire to Dismantle the Entire Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC – Today, the Trump administration’s Department of Justice filed its brief in the Texas lawsuit to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration offered a full-throated defense of ripping apart our health care laws. In response to the administration’s brazen support for dismantling the nation’s health care system, that would take coverage away from 20 million Americans, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“While unsurprising, it’s still jarring that the President of the United States went even further to reiterate his steadfast determination to win a lawsuit that will dismantle our entire health care system, take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections for millions more with pre-existing conditions. It’s clear with the administration’s brief filed today that Trump and the Republican Party’s singular focus is sabotaging our nation’s health care laws no matter how many Americans are put at risk as a result of their reckless actions.”

BACKGROUND:

If the Affordable Care Act is struck down:

  • GONE: Protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
  • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.
  • GONE: Nearly 12 million seniors will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.
  • GONE: 2.3 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.
  • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.
  • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.
  • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.
  • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.
  • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.

U.S. Senators, Health Care Advocates Highlight Urgent Need to Protect Medicaid, Stop Trump’s Health Care Sabotage at Press Conference

Washington, DC – Speaking today at a press conference, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) along with health care advocates and Protect Our Care highlighted the urgent need to protect Medicaid and demand that President Trump end his war on America’s health care. The press conference fell just one day before a key deadline in the Trump Texas lawsuit that would obliterate American health care and rollback Medicaid expansion. The press conference also closed out Medicaid Awareness Month, which has been used as a national call to action by concerned citizens about the importance of Medicaid and the urgent need to stop Republicans and President Trump from sabotaging it.”

“The Trump administration’s assault on the American health care system has reached unprecedented levels,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). “Medicaid is one of the most important and most popular health insurance programs in America today. Americans want Medicaid expansion to continue, and they don’t support the Trump administration trying to use the court system to try to strip away coverage and protections from millions of Americans who so badly need it.”

“This should be a bipartisan issue for all Americans and that’s why I’m proud to be here today,” said U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). “We need to stop the partisan attacks on people’s health care and focus on the ways that we can improve their lives, that we can grow our economy and strengthen our families and our communities.”

“Medicaid is about our kids, it’s about our seniors and it’s about people with disabilities,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “If you’re a Republican politician in the Senate or the House and you don’t oppose cuts to Medicaid, you don’t oppose the Trump lawsuit and you don’t oppose sabotage, don’t tell us you support Medicaid or the health care of our kids or our seniors or our friends with disabilities. We have to make sure we continue to protect and defend Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.”

“For far too long, President Trump and his GOP allies in Congress have sought to sabotage the nation’s health care system with their war on Medicaid,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse. “As communities and families across the country have been talking about the importance of Medicaid this Medicaid Awareness Month, Republican legislatures and President Trump are actively trying to gut it, hellbent on destroying the program relied on by millions of Americans. We are thankful to have leaders Congress like Senators Jones, Murphy and Casey who are fighting to protect Medicaid and understand just how damaging the Trump administration’s actions to gut it will be for American families.”

“My son Rob has a rare disease and he’s one of 35 million Americans for whom Medicaid has been a lifesaver,” said Jeneva Burroughs Stone, a health care advocate and member of Little Lobbyists. “Before Medicaid, medical bankruptcy was a real possibility for my family and nothing prepares you for the staggering costs of raising a child with complex medicaid needs. Survive and thrive, that’s what Medicaid gave my son and that’s what Little Lobbyists wants for all children with complex medical needs and disabilities.”

“I am alive because of Medicaid, and one of the 65 million plus Americans who has gotten necessary, vital medical care because of it,” said Matthew Cortland, a disabilities rights attorney. “I don’t know what I would do without Medicaid, and I don’t know what I would do to survive if the administration’s lawsuit seeking to destroy the entire Affordable Care Act succeeds. I hope the administration does the right thing and withdraws the lawsuit and the ACA continues to be the law of the land for me and patients like me.”

May the 4th: Two Years After Vote To Destroy Health Care, The GOP Remains The Party of Repeal And Sabotage

Washington, DC — On May 4, 2017 the Republican-controlled House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a disastrous piece of legislation that would have dismantled the Affordable Care Act, and ripped health care away from 20 million Americans. Luckily the GOP’s repeal effort was unsuccessful, and two years later, more than sixty of those Republican members who voted for it are no longer in office, and Democrats have taken control of the House. This week, in the days leading up to this two year anniversary of that infamous vote this Saturday, Protect Our Care will be highlighting how the GOP’s failed attempt to pass the ACHA has catalyzed their agenda of sabotage in the years since.

Since the now infamous “victory lap” photo in the Rose Garden after the House GOP vote for the disastrous repeal bill, which ultimately failed, they have continued to sabotage the law at every turn.

Source: Roll Call/Getty Images

Over the next few days Protect Our Care will hold events in states across the country and release fact sheets and digital content that will make clear the contrast between Republican’s sabotage and repeal agenda and Democrats’ lower cost, better care agenda. To kick off this week of activity around the May 4 anniversary, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“Two years ago, Republican’s went to the White House to dance on the grave of the Affordable Care Act but as it turned out they were digging their own political graves in the process. While they patted each other on the back and swilled beer to celebrate the passage of a bill to strip protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions and rip health care away from 20 million Americans, the American people took note and elected a pro-health care Democratic Majority in the House by sending scores of Republicans packing. Even though the GOP bill crashed and burned, leading to a crushing defeat in the midterms, Republicans and President Trump have continued their all-out war on America’s health care in the courts, in Congress, and within the administration. To mark this infamous day in our history we will continue to hold Republicans accountable for their ongoing war on American health care.”

Background:

Fact Sheet: Two Year Anniversary of GOP’s Health Care Repeal

Two years ago, on May 4, 2017, the Republican House of Representatives passed the so-called “American Health Care Act,” or AHCA, a health repeal bill that would have cut coverage, increased costs, and eliminated protections for millions of Americans. The repeal plan allows insurers to charge people over 50 five times more for coverage – what AARP has called an ‘Age Tax’. And, the plan guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, raising costs for a cancer patient by $150,000.

Last November, their votes on this bill lost Republicans the House in a landslide election for Democrats who ran on ending the the GOP war on health care and protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Raised Health Care Costs, Especially For Older Americans

Raise Premiums By Double Digits. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that a key part of the American Health Care Act, repealing the requirement that most people have health insurance and was enacted as part of the GOP tax bill, will premiums 10 percent next year.

Impose An Age Tax – Older Americans Pay Nearly $12,000 More. The American Health Care Act would have imposed what the AARP calls an “age tax” on older Americans by cutting the amount of assistance older people receive and by allowing insurers to charge people over 50 fives times more. Nationally, out-of-pocket costs for older people could have increased by as much as $11,917 by 2026.

Surcharge For People With Pre-Existing Conditions. The American Health Care Act would have allowed states to eliminate community rating, meaning insurers would be able to charge people with pre-existing conditions more. This surcharge could have been in the tens of thousands of dollars and even six figures: up to $4,270 for asthma, $17,060 for pregnancy, $26,180 for rheumatoid arthritis and $140,510 for metastatic cancer.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Caused Millions of Americans To Lose Coverage

23 Million Would Have Lost Coverage. By 2026, 23 million U.S. residents would have lost coverage under this bill.

14 Million With Medicaid Would Have Lost Coverage. Under the American Health Care Act, 14 million with Medicaid would have lost their coverage by 2026.

441,300 U.S. Veterans Would Have Lost Coverage. Under the American Health Care Act, 441,400 veterans would have lost their Medicaid coverage nationally.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Meant Weaker Protections For Americans

52 Million Americans Have A Pre-Existing Condition, And Were At Risk For Paying More. The American Health Care Act would have weakened key protections of the Affordable Care Act by allowing states to let insurers charge 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions more, among other provisions. The bill would have made it more likely insurers would cherrypick young and healthier people, causing costs to skyrocket for older, sicker people.

Women’s Health Would Be In Jeopardy. The American Health Care Act would have blocked millions from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care at Planned Parenthood health centers, eliminated the guarantee of maternity coverage, and newborn care, and allowed insurers to discriminate against women.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Ended Medicaid As We Know It

Medicaid Would Have Been Slashed By $839 Billion. The American Health Care Act would have ended Medicaid as we know it, a 50 year old program that helps seniors, children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations get the care they need. It would have slashed Medicaid by $839 billion, ended the funding needed to expand Medicaid, and converted the program into a “per capita cap”, thus ending guaranteed coverage for everyone who has it. As a result, the Republican repeal bill put the health of 77 million, or one in five Americans, who count on Medicaid in grave danger. These cuts would have strained state budgets and undermined efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Cut Health Care To Give Tax Breaks To The Rich

POLL: Majority of Wisconsin Voters Reject Trump and Republican Health Care Agenda Putting Trump’s Re-Election Prospects in Badger State in Doubt

From: Jim Williams, Public Policy Polling

To: Interested Parties

Subject: Majority of Wisconsin Voters Reject Trump and Republican Health Care Agenda Putting Trump’s Re-Election Prospects in Badger State in Doubt

Date: April 25, 2019

On the eve of President Trump’s visit to Wisconsin, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds that a majority of Wisconsin voters trust Democrats over President Trump on healthcare. Democrats have a 10-point lead in trust over President Trump on the overall issue of healthcare (52% to 42%) and a 16-point lead with independents (53%-37%). A further 55% trust Democrats more to protect people with preexisting conditions, while 42% trust President Trump.

President Trump’s war on Wisconsin’s health care results in 50% of voters in Wisconsin (and 53% of independents) saying they are less likely to vote for President Trump again in 2020, while only 29% (and 22% of independents) are more likely to support him again. A majority of voters aged 18-45 (56%) and pluralities of voters aged 46-65 (48%) and older than 65 (46%) say they are less likely to vote for President Trump again in 2020 due to the Republican efforts to repeal the ACA.

Trump’s health care agenda is widely rejected by Wisconsinites:

  • By 25-points (57% to 32%) people do not support Trump’s lawsuit to strike down the ACA. Support for his lawsuit falls to only 27% with independents.
  • A large majority (68% to 18%) further oppose Trump’s proposed budget that cuts $1- trillion from Medicaid and $845-billion from Medicare. A plurality of Republicans (45%) oppose it as do a majority of Democrats (92%) and independents (68%).
  • Wisconsin voters also support the Affordable Care Act itself. A majority of voters (58%) oppose repealing the ACA, with only 23% supporting repeal and only 13% of independents supporting Trump’s repeal.

PPP surveyed 762 Wisconsin voters from April 23-24, 2019. The margin of error is +/- 3.6%. This poll was conducted by telephone.

BREAKING VIDEO: Leading GOP Senator Unable to Defend GOP War on Health Care

Seriously.

Watch a leading GOP Senator, Chuck Grassley, completely unable to defend Trump’s indefensible health care repeal and his lawsuit that would overturn health care laws.

He’s confronted by an Iowan worried that the GOP’s health care agenda is “threatening her life”

Watch for yourself.

Grassley tries to convince his voters not to believe the GOP’s health care repeal will ever pass or that Trump’s health care lawsuit will succeed. He literally wants people to believe his words instead of his deeds.

Republicans Stand With Trump Lawsuit; Continue Their War on Health Care

Washington, DC — Today, the House voted on a resolution condemning Trump’s lawsuit and his continued war on health care introduced by Representative Collin Allred (TX-32). Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a similar resolution in the Senate. Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“Democrats gave their Republican colleagues a clear choice today. Republicans could vote to support ripping health care away from millions or vote to condemn the President’s disastrous lawsuit, and, unsurprisingly, they chose the former. Every Member of Congress who promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions and who voted against this resolution is lying about their position on health care. Democrats are focused on lowering costs and improving care, while Republicans remain dead set on their agenda of sabotage, higher costs, and worse care.”

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April is Medicaid Awareness Month: Nationwide Push On Importance of Medicaid And How Trump’s Lawsuit, Medicaid Sabotage Hurts Americans

Washington, DC – Protect Our Care along with advocates and activists will observe Medicaid Awareness Month this April by highlighting Medicaid’s vital importance for millions of Americans in communities across the country and how President Trump’s agenda of repeal and sabotage threatens Medicaid coverage for millions of Americans.

To mark the start of the Medicaid Awareness Month, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“From providing health insurance to children and those with disabilities to critical programs for seniors to combating the scourge of opioid addiction, Medicaid serves as a lifeline for millions of Americans, without which many of whom would not get the care they need. While Democrats have made clear that strengthening and expanding Medicaid is a key part of their health care agenda, President Trump and Republicans remain dead set on gutting it and ripping up the entire health care system. With Trump’s lawsuit, Republicans are returning to an agenda of repeal that will strip coverage from millions of Americans and prevent those on Medicaid from getting the care they need. Make no mistake, from so-called ‘work requirements’ and ‘block grants’ to budget cuts, failed repeal attempts and the Trump lawsuit, the President has declared outright war on Medicaid.”

Medicaid is an essential program for more than 75 million Americans currently receiving coverage, including more than 35 million children, and nearly 7 million seniors. While Democrats have taken concrete steps to expand and strengthen Medicaid, Republicans and the Trump administration continue to do everything they can to gut Medicaid and strip people of their coverage.

The Trump lawsuit that aims to dismantle the entire health care system, the effort by President Trump to impose so-called ‘“work requirements” on Medicaid recipients, his recent proposed $1.3 trillion cut to the program in his budget and his pledge to again pursue legislative repeal that would slash Medicaid and end the Medicaid expansion represents the most significant assault on the program since it was signed into law more than 50 years ago.

Throughout the month of April, Protect Our Care and other partner organizations will host dozens of events nationwide to raise awareness of the critical role that Medicaid plays in America as well as the consequences of the Trump Administration’s war on Medicaid, and what his health care sabotage means for the future of the program.

The month will include the following theme’s each week:

  • Week 1: The Republican War On Medicaid
  • Week 2: Medicaid Expansion — And The States Rolling It Back
  • Week 3: Medicaid Is A Lifeline For Rural America And Veterans
  • Week 4: The Cost Of Sabotaging Medicaid

See below for background on this week’s Medicaid Awareness focus, the Republican war on Medicaid:

The Republican War On Medicaid

President Trump and Republicans in Congress have waged a relentless war on Medicaid. Their war on Medicaid is a war on children, seniors, people with disabilities, rural Americans, those fighting the opioid crisis, our schools, and everyone else who benefits from Medicaid.

FRONTAL ATTACK – REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY TRIED EVISCERATING MEDICAID

Despite repeatedly promising not to cut Medicaid when he ran for president in 2017, President Trump’s latest budget called for $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid. Trump’s lawsuit to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act would end Medicaid expansion, kicking 12.7 million who depend on the program off their insurance.

With the support of the Trump Administration, House Republicans in 2017 voted to repeal the ACA — the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — which would have cut Medicaid by $834 billion and turned it into a per capita program. The Senate repeal bill — Graham-Cassidy — would have slashed Medicaid funding by $4 trillion over 20 years.

SABOTAGE ATTACK – ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS

When they are not calling for dramatic cuts to Medicaid, Republicans are finding other ways to sabotage the program. For instance, Republicans in state after state are proposing illegal and burdensome “work requirements” which do nothing but take health care away from people who need it. Medicaid work requirements are blatantly designed to strip health care away from low-income Americans. Thankfully, they have now been declared illegal by multiple courts. Republican governors now want to appeal these decisions.

Despite these court decisions, President Trump’s 2020 budget proposed a nationwide work requirement which experts estimate will cause up to 4 million people to lose coverage, mostly due to paperwork and red tape. More than 18,000 people lost their Medicaid in Arkansas because of the work requirement the courts have now overturned.

In November’s elections, voters moved to expand Medicaid in three states and elect pro-Medicaid governors in even more. Now, Republlican officials are doing everything in their power to deny voters’ will in states that elected to expand Medicaid and prevent Medicaid expansion initiatives in states now starting to consider them. Just last week the Trump administration approved a request from Utah to cap its Medicaid enrollment, fundamentally restricting the number of people who can access life-saving health care.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THE GOP WAR ON MEDICAID? THE WEALTHY AND BIG CORPORATIONS

In 2017, President Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and that is already padding health company’s profits. How do Republicans plan on paying for it? Former Speaker Ryan’s answer left no doubt: “Frankly, it’s the health care entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt.” In an attempt to pay for these tax cuts, last April, House Republicans passed a balanced budget amendment that would slash Medicaid funding by $114 billion in a single year alone. President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget called for $1.5 trillion in cuts over ten years.

The Republican plan is clear: give companies like drug giant Pfizer a $563 million tax benefit, and make low and middle income Americans pay the price.

WHO GETS HURT FROM THE GOP WAR ON MEDICAID? PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE ELSE.

  • Children & Families. Roughly 9 million children in the United States are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nationally, nearly 2 in 5, or 39% of children in America have health insurance through Medicaid, as do 17 Percent of parents. 49 percent of births are covered by Medicaid.
  • More than 6.9 million American seniors have Medicaid coverage. More than 8.5 million Americans ages 50 to 64 have health coverage through Medicaid. Medicaid covers 6 in 10 nursing home residents.
  • People with disabilities. Nearly 7 million adults enrolled in Medicaid have a disability. Of this group, only 43 percent qualify for social security income. More than 1 in 3 adults under age 65 enrolled in Medicaid lives with at least one disability. Medicaid covers 45 percent of nonelderly adults with disabilities, including adults with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and mental illness.
  • People in rural areas. The ACA has expanded access to health care to nearly 7 million rural Americans who have gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion, not only playing a central role in improving rural communities’ health, but also supporting these communities’ economic well-being. Medicaid covers nearly 24 percent of rural Americans, 45 percent of rural children, 15 percent of rural seniors, and pays for 51 percent of rural births. The uninsured rate in rural areas in states that expanded Medicaid has dropped by a median of 44 percent since expansion.
  • Fighting the opioid crisis. More than half of people with an opioid use disorder earn incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. In 2014, Medicaid paid for 25 percent of all addiction treatment nationwide. It is estimated that Medicaid expansion covers four in ten people with an opioid use disorder.

SHOT/CHASER: Known Medicare Fraudster And Repeal Fanatic Rick Scott Tapped To Lead Trump’s Latest Round Of Health Care Sabotage

SHOT: Sen. Rick Scott Becomes Trump Point Man On GOP Health Care Policy. [Orlando Sentinel, 3/30/19]

CHASER: Rick Scott Has Vocally Supported Trump’s Failed Health Care Repeal Efforts.

  • Rick Scott Urged Repeal Of The ACA On “Day One” Of The Trump Administration. “Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is ramping up pressure on Republicans in Congress to aggressively and immediately pursue a repeal of ObamaCare, despite any politically damaging effects.” [The Hill, 12/13/16]
  • Rick Scott Called The AHCA “Way Better Than Obamacare” And Said He Would Do “Everything I Can” To Pass It. “Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday the failed GOP health care bill was ‘way better than Obamacare’ and that he remains optimistic President Trump and Congress can get it done.” [Tampa Bay Times, 3/30/17]
  • Rick Scott Continued To Push For Repeal Even After It Failed In The Senate. “Gov. Rick Scott, whose political career is largely defined by opposition to the Affordable Care Act, still wants Republicans to repeal the federal health care law despite their apparent failure to do so.” [Orlando Sentinel, 7/18/17]

CHASER: Rick Scott’s Company Committed Historic Medicare Fraud. He Will Now Lead Trump’s Health-Care Push. “On Thursday, Trump told reporters that Scott, and fellow Republican Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would lead the party’s push on health-care reform. ‘They are going to come up with something really spectacular,” the president said. If by spectacular, he means a candidate who was at the helm of a company that pleaded guilty to historic efforts to defraud Medicare, the president has found his man.’” [New York Magazine, 4/1/19]

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