Republican Senators just voted with Donald Trump to gut their constituents’ healthcare 

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement after Republicans in the Senate voted with Donald Trump to take healthcare from millions of Americans:

“Every Republican in Washington will own this plan to gut healthcare for the American people in order to cut taxes for the rich. Pushing this reckless plan, while exempting themselves from the pain they plan to inflict upon the country, just to give the scandal-plagued President a poisoned political ‘win’ is a gross display of misplaced priorities, and the country isn’t going to stand for it. Today Republicans chose to ignore the country’s overwhelming opposition to Trumpcare, and the consequences will be felt by every Republican running for Senate or House in 2018 — and for years to come.”

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Trump’s Broken Promises Are Failing Youngstown And the Nation

Donald Trump is today headed to Ohio, where — despite his “we’re going to bring back jobs” promises — 8,612 workers have received pink slips since he took took office in January. Across the country, 144,752 American workers have been impacted by layoff announcements since Trump took office, and 646 Ohio workers are going to feel the effects of the Trump Economy in the next week alone.

But rather than focus on large-scale infrastructure investment, which Democrats continue to advocate, or introduce a jobs plan that’d expand opportunity for American working people, Trump is instead teaming up with congressional Republicans to take away 22 to 32 million Americans’ health insurance.

“Trump and Republicans only care about helping themselves and their corporate special interest donors. That’s why they’re ignoring layoffs that continue to happen in Ohio and across the country, and instead forcing through a healthcare bill that’d gives CEOs and billionaires […]

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American Bridge Response to Trump’s Unhinged ACA Remarks 

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah responded to Donald Trump’s remarks about the Affordable Care Act and Trumpcare today with the following statement:

​”Donald Trump​’s​ unhinged ravings demonstrate he knows nothing about the Affordable Care Act – including the year it was passed – which the overwhelming majority of the American people want him to work across party lines to improve.  What’s worse, nearly everything he said about Trumpcare is a blatant lie, and it flies in the face of warnings from America’s doctors, hospitals, and patient advocacy organizations like the American Cancer Society. Trump’s lies can’t hide the truth: any Senator who votes yes tomorrow will be choosing tax cuts for the wealthy over the well-being of tens of millions of Americans.”

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Editorial Roundup: RIP Trumpcare (For Now)

Well, Trump’s Made In America week went off without a hitch and just in time to celebrate a productive first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Just kidding.

The irony of a President and First Daughter whose entire product lines are made in other countries touting American manufacturing – while simultaneously announcing plans to hire more foreign workers – was not lost on editorial boards across the country. Editorial boards further rejoiced this week as the Senate version of Trumpcare failed to come to a vote. Thus the Republicans’ latest attempt to rip insurance away from millions of Americans is stalled, again. Domestic catastrophes aside, the steady drip of the Russia scandal also continued to consume the White House and the editorial pages. We learned the identities of all participants in Donald Trump Jr.’s now-infamous meeting to get information from the Russian government, the President threatened to fire the special counsel, […]

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In their own words: GOPers have said firing Mueller would cross a red line

Republicans, consider yourselves officially on notice. As Donald Trump teeters on the edge of a constitutional crisis, we’re looking at Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator John Cornyn, Senator John Thune, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Thom Tillis, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Chris Collins, Rep. Mark Sanford, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, and Rep. Charlie Dent who have all gone on the record to say that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would cross a red line.  If they backtrack on their words, they should do so with the understanding that they country will hold them accountable.

“Every American must put country first and unite in opposition if Trump acts on this threat to fire Robert Mueller,” said Emily Aden, Rapid Response Director for American Bridge.  “If Republicans from Speaker Ryan and Senator Cornyn down to the rank and file in Congress backtrack on their previous statements on […]

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Sen. Cornyn, knowing how many people will lose healthcare coverage is no “luxury” 

“Senator Cornyn just admitted that the American people’s healthcare is in fact the last priority of Republicans ​in Washington and Donald Trump. They are so obsessed with implementing their partisan agenda that don’t care about the pain their healthcare vote would inflict on the country. Cornyn may not be one of the 22 million Americans who stand to lose their insurance under Trumpcare, or one of the 32 million Americans whose coverage would be threatened by an outright repeal of Obamacare -​ but dismissing this bill’s consequences so casually is a slap in the face to every constituent who would be harmed by this plan​,​” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.
 

The Hill: Cornyn: Knowing health plan ahead of vote is ‘luxury we don’t have’
BY PETER SULLIVAN – 07/20/17 02:41 PM EDT  

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, on Thursday said knowing what the Republican healthcare bill will […]

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American Bridge Statement on CBO Score of Affordable Care Act Repeal

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released their report on the Republican proposal to eliminate the Affordable Care Act without a replacement:

“Yet again the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has exposed Donald Trump and Republicans as hellbent on taking healthcare from millions of Americans in order to cut taxes for the wealthy – including Donald Trump himself.  The vote that Trump and Mitch McConnell insist on holding endangers the care of 32 million Americans, and would mean premiums double for those lucky enough to keep it.

“Only 13% of the American public support this radical ‘give to the rich by taking from everyone else’ approach to revamping health care across the United States, and every Senator should take notice – this is the ​opposite of populism, and ​your constituents are will hold you accountable.”

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First Carrier and Boeing. Now Harley-Davidson. More Layoffs, Offshoring at Trump-Touted Businesses.

Trump in February put Harley-Davidson on a pedestal for “building things in America” and creating jobs. Now, the manufacturer is opening a new plant in Thailand and laying off laying off 180 workers in Milwaukee and Kansas City

The latest Harley-Davidson layoffs and apparent offshoring mark just the latest data point in a trend of Trump championing firms that have gone on to layoff workers, offshore jobs, or both:

Trump celebrated Boeing, then the company laid off ~200 workers at the same South Carolina plant; 
Carrier has continued to lay off employees in Indiana — 300 more go into effect tomorrow — despite Trump’s “grand bargain” that gave the company millions in taxpayer incentives even as it announced further layoffs and a shift to automation;

American Coal laid off nearly 300 miners just […]

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American Bridge Releases Ad of Heller & Trump Laughing Over Lunch About Taking Away Nevadans’ Health Care

American Bridge released a new digital ad today featuring footage of apparent best buddies Dean Heller and Donald Trump laughing together at this afternoon’s meeting about taking healthcare away from millions of Americans.

Trump doesn’t need to bully Dean Heller — Heller has voted 20 times to repeal or undermine the ACA, helped write Trumpcare in secret, and said he’d do everything he could to “get to yes” on the Trumpcare bill.

“Apparently Dean Heller and his good friend Donald Trump think it’s funny to rip away health care from tens of thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans who need it,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Heller has been negotiating in secret and trying to ‘get to yes’ on this dangerous, unpopular law for months, and Nevada voters aren’t laughing about it. They will hold him accountable next November.”

The 6-second ad will run as YouTube pre-roll and […]

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American Bridge Calls for Investigation Into Whether Trump Administration Used Taxpayer Funds to Falsify Trumpcare “Analysis”

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement after the Trump Administration produced a study of Trumpcare effects that was sharply at odds with every independent assessment of the bill, which the American people (including Trump’s voters) have rejected.   

“This ‘analysis’ of Trumpcare is so contradictory to every independent expert’s review that it’s nearly impossible to believe it hasn’t been doctored. These new, desperate claims being made by Trump Administration are heinously insulting to the American people – especially the tens of millions that the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected would lose their health insurance if the Senate Trumpcare bill became law.

“That’s not all – America’s hospitals and even the health industry itself has warned that Cruz’s amendment would devastate Americans with preexisting conditions like cancer and heart disease and force higher premiums on the country.

“No one with any healthcare expertise is willing […]

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