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TV ad attacks Scott’s health care record

Democratic group spending $2.7 million on statewide ad.
Published Jul. 25, 2018|Updated Jul. 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Gov. Rick Scott's health care record is targeted in a $2.7 million statewide TV ad released today by a Democratic group.

"Tell Rick Scott: Stop cutting healthcare. And put Florida families first," a narrator says after listing cuts the governor signed off on, asserting he did so while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.

The ad comes from Majority Forward, a dark money group aligned with Senate Majority PAC. A spokeswoman would not say how long it is running.
The group provided a long list of budget vetoes Scott has made during his two terms to arrive at a $200 million figure, but that leaves out any justification Scott may have had.Democrats, including Sen. Bill Nelson, whom Scott is challenging, have made health care a top issue in the midterm elections.

UPDATE: Scott responds

"…slashing home healthcare for seniors…"
Under Governor Scott's leadership, funding for programs that provide services to seniors in their own homes, such as the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, the Community Care for the Elderly and the Home Care for the Elderly programs, have all increased. This year alone, Governor Scott secured funding to enroll approximately 340 individuals to these programs.

"…and vaccinations for kids…"
Since Governor Scott was elected, state funding for vaccines through the Immunization Program has increased by more than $1.4 million. Governor Scott also signed legislation to expand vaccine access by making new vaccines available to patients at pharmacies, instead of only at doctors' offices.

"…cutting doctors at rural hospitals…"
Governor Scott championed a more than $80 million investment for Graduate Medical Education programs to help hospitals expand their residency programs. The Governor also signed legislation to decrease the demand on primary-care doctors by allowing advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe certain medication.

"…and treatment for opioid addiction…."
Under Governor Scott's leadership, the state has invested more than $1 billion to better coordinate mental health and substance abuse services in Florida's communities. Governor Scott also proposed and secured more than $65 million to address the opioid epidemic and championed major legislation to limit the chance of drug addiction, reduce the ability for dangerous drugs to spread and give vulnerable Floridians the support they need.

While Bill Nelson and his democratic friends intentionally chose to disregard this fact: Governor Scott publicly releases an explanation for every vetoed project so that state leaders, communities and Floridians understand the reasons for these decisions.

Vetoed projects often have no return on investment, have federal or local funding already available, or were never even requested by the communities they allegedly affect. This process helps ensure tax payer dollars are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible… something that is unfamiliar to Washington politicians like Bill Nelson.

"Bill Nelson and his Democratic loyalists' attempt to cherry-pick information without acknowledging the Governor's history of fighting for these priorities is just the latest effort to mislead Floridians. Governor Scott's record is clear: he has secured major investments and legislation to support healthcare services for our state, and unlike Bill Nelson and Congress, he has done this while combatting reckless spending that would harm hardworking taxpayers. With every misleading attack ad Nelson's friends release, it becomes more and more clear that even after nearly half a century in Congress, there is nothing positive to be said on what Bill Nelson has actually done for Florida." – Lauren Schenone, Scott for Florida Press Secretary


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