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NEW AD: CONGRESSMAN VERN BUCHANAN PUTS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR FLORIDIANS AT RISK, SUPPORTS TAX BILL THAT ENRICHES HIMSELF

New Ad Series Highlights Congressmen Brian Mast and Vern Buchanan’s Ongoing Efforts to Sabotage the Health Care of Working Floridians

WEST PALM BEACH — Grassroots advocacy organization Floridians for a Fair Shake and its national partner Not One Penny are currently running three ads focused on Floridians’ access to health care and the Trump administration’s ongoing attempt to sabotage and undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The fourth and latest ad, “Used Car,” highlights Congressman Vern Buchanan’s vote in favor of the Republican tax bill and the massive windfall he will reap at the expense of working Florida families. The six-figure ad buy will begin airing in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota TV market on Wednesday, June 27. The new spot comes after the Trump administration announced that it would no longer defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in court, and a recent announcement that the health insurance company Cigna is seeking to raise health care premium rates by 30 percent across Florida.

The new digital ads (Buchanan, Mast) demonstrating the devastating impacts of the Republican tax plan on health care feature Ady Barkan, a longtime health care advocate who is dying of ALS. In the ads, he calls on Buchanan and Congressman Brian Mast to repeal the #TrumpTax law, which gives massive breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations at the expense of quality, affordable health care for millions of Floridians. As Barkan fights for his life, he calls on Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to cease their attacks on our health care system.

“Floridians are outraged that their access to quality, affordable health care is at risk,” said Stephen Gaskill, communications director of Floridians for a Fair Shake. “Congressmen Brian Mast and Vern Buchanan are choosing to ignore the traumatic impact their votes on health care and the #TrumpTax have on their constituents, and people throughout the state of Florida. Our ads are intended to make sure they see the real people hurt by their lack of concern.”

Last week, Floridians for a Fair Shake released “Sisters” in CD-18, featuring Treasure Coast twins Paula Albright and Susan Stutz and their battle with cancer. In the ad, they appeal to Mast not to repeal the health care that is keeping them alive. The ad is currently on the air in the West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce media market.

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Floridians for a Fair Shake advocates for an economy that works for everyone and affordable health care for all.