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John Fetterman Denounces Wagner for Campaigning with Pence While Trump Administration Works to Strip Health Care from 5.3 Million Pennsylvanians

Today, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

PENNSYLVANIAToday, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

“Scott Wagner’s campaign event with Mike Pence shows that he would rather see big insurance companies and special interests be given handouts rather than protect Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, or diabetes,” said Mayor Fetterman. “If Scott Wagner, Mike Pence, and Republicans get their way, tens of millions of Americans could lose their health coverage, including more than 5.3 million Pennsylvanians.”

Supporting this type of policy is unsurprising for Scott Wagner. He has supported Donald Trump and his crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would raise health care costs for millions of hardworking Pennsylvanians, charge an age tax on older citizens, kick seniors out of their nursing homes, and strip access to care from women, people suffering from a substance use disorder, and those with pre-existing conditions. He has even said that he wants to roll back Medicaid expansion, which has provided health care to over 720,000 Pennsylvanians, including over 215,000 Pennsylvanians who are struggling with a substance use disorder.

The Governor of Pennsylvania makes serious decisions about the state of health care in the commonwealth, and Scott Wagner would be an absolute disaster for Pennsylvania.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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VIDEO: Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After hearty conversations about policy and substance, Governor Wolf finally broached a slightly uncomfortable topic – the fact that Mayor Fetterman will have to wear a tie when presiding over the Senate. Luckily, Mayor Fetterman was up for a shopping trip to Boscov’s with the Governor.

Watch “Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie:” https://youtu.be/TouDW2I0S-w

Wolf Campaign Statement On Wagner’s Last Day As A Senator

Today, the Wolf campaign released the following statement on Wagner’s last day as a Senator after announcing that he would resign in order to pursue his own political ambition rather than participate in the upcoming budget process.

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign released the following statement on Wagner’s last day as a Senator after announcing that he would resign in order to pursue his own political ambition rather than participate in the upcoming budget process.

“Scott Wagner’s resignation is proof that he is only interested in furthering himself politically, but his decision does not erase his long record in the Senate of putting special interests before children, seniors, and hard-working Pennsylvanians,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg which is apparent by the time he spent in the Senate trying to slash public education funding, roll back peoples’ health care coverage, and throw seniors out of their nursing homes.”

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Looking Back At Wagner’s Disastrous Senate Career in Harrisburg

To: Interested Parties From: Beth Melena, Communications Director for Tom Wolf for Governor RE: Looking Back At Wagner’s Disastrous Senate Career in Harrisburg Date: May

To: Interested Parties

From: Beth Melena, Communications Director for Tom Wolf for Governor

RE: Looking Back At Wagner’s Disastrous Senate Career in Harrisburg

Date: May 31, 2018

 

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Scott Wagner is resigning his Senate seat in order to pursue his own political ambition. It is clear that Scott Wagner is only interested in furthering himself, but his resignation does not erase his long record in the Senate of putting special interests before children, seniors, and hard-working Pennsylvanians.

In fact, just last week, Scott Wagner skipped critical floor votes designed to protect children from predators, domestic abusers, and deadly chemicals in order to attend a corporate policy summit hosted by the Republican Governors Association designed to benefit big business. While Wagner routinely brags about signing the front of paychecks, he signed the back of a taxpayer-funded paycheck after failing to show up for work and protect our children.

This is just the latest example of how Scott Wagner has spent his time in the Senate as the very worst of Harrisburg. Let’s review some other ways he has put special interests ahead of Pennsylvanians while working in Harrisburg.

Severance Tax

There’s no greater example of Scott Wagner’s obstructionist tactics and penchant for putting special interests ahead of Pennsylvanians than his opposition to the severance tax. No one has done the bidding of big oil and gas more than Scott Wagner. Wagner was even caught conspiring with House Republican leadership to kill a severance tax to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election, and reports show that big oil and gas has spent over $60 million dollars on lobbying and political donations to avoid paying a commonsense severance tax. Scott Wagner has repeatedly sided with big oil and gas lobbyists over Pennsylvanians.

Seniors

As Senator, Scott Wagner has supported policies that would be detrimental to our seniors, making it much more difficult for them to receive the care they need and to support themselves financially. He wants to gut Medicaid, leaving Pennsylvania seniors without health care and forcing them out of nursing homes. On top of this, Wagner also supported taxing seniors’ retirements and advocated for Donald Trump’s plan to charge seniors an age tax on their health care plans.

Education

Scott Wagner championed Harrisburg Republicans’ cut to public education by $1 billion, which lead to mass teacher layoffs, cuts to important programs like pre-kindergarten, and larger class sizes. Wagner even advocated for laying off 10% of all teachers in Pennsylvania.

Health Care

As Senator, Scott Wagner called for rolling back Medicaid expansion, which would take health care away from 720,000 Pennsylvanians including 125,000 people receiving treatment for substance use disorder. He has put pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry ahead of ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to affordable, quality health care. Wagner has also supported Donald Trump’s crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would kick millions off their health care, raise costs for middle-class families and seniors, gut protections for people with preexisting conditions, and increase premiums for Pennsylvanians.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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