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Health Care | Pennsylvania

Despite Campaign Promises, President Trump Aims to Gut Funding From Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid for Pennsylvania Families

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

During his campaign for president in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly stated that, if elected, he would not make cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, essential healthcare and retirement programs utilized by tens of millions of low-income and senior Americans every year. 
 
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said in 2015.
 
But for all his promises, that’s exactly what President Donald Trump is trying to do. 

Health Care | Virginia

Va. Delegate Tim Hugo Has Voted 16 Times to Allow Insurance Companies to Deny Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions, Taken Over $280,000 From Healthcare Industry

By Cole Driver on June 19, 2019.

Va. State Delegate Tim Hugo voted 16 times in only 2 years for bills in the state legislature that allow insurance providers to deny health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Health Care | Virginia

Virginia State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant Called Medicaid Supporters “Crybaby Politicians,” Voted Repeatedly Against Medicaid Expansion

By Cole Driver on June 17, 2019.

Dunnavant voted repeatedly against Medicaid expansion for an estimated 6,000 of her constituents and derided politicians supporting the expansion of the health care program  as “crybaby politicians.”

Health Care | Virginia

Fact Check: Virginia State Sen. Bryce Reeves Claims to ‘Champion’ Low-Cost Insurance, but His Plan Would Boost Premiums

By Cole Driver on May 7, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves is running Facebook ads claiming he “championed” higher-quality and lower-priced health care legislation, but an analysis showed that his bills would have increased premiums and slashed protections for pre-existing conditions.

Health Care | Louisiana

Steve Scalise Stays Quiet on Ralph Abraham’s Remark That Medicaid Recipients ‘Vote for a Living’

By Chad Smith on March 26, 2019.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise took a fellow Republican to task last week for saying his constituents sat idly waiting for the government’s help after Hurricane Katrina, but he’s been mum on a fellow Louisianan’s characterization of Medicaid recipients as lazy people who vote in order to stay on the dole. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a third-term Republican now running for governor, was recorded last week telling donors at a fundraiser that Medicaid recipients were “voting for a living instead of working.”

Accountability | Maine

Susan Collins, Who Voted Over 20 Times to Gut the ACA, Wants Credit for Saving It

By Chad Smith on February 22, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins — who has long cultivated an image as a centrist — recently pointed to her votes against repealing the Affordable Care Act to play up her moderate side, ignoring her 20-plus votes to repeal, delay or defund the law.

Health Care | Minnesota

Paulsen Took Campaign Cash From OxyContin Maker Being Sued by Minnesota

By Chad Smith on October 9, 2018.

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., is one of the few candidates still taking Purdue’s money, accepting $1,000 this election cycle even as his state takes legal action against the company for downplaying the risks and pushing higher doses of OxyContin.

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