So, about that Trumpcare vote…

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement in reaction to the House delaying the Trumpcare vote:

“TrumpCare is a disaster and the President has no one to blame but himself – he told us he was one of the world’s best negotiators, but he can’t even successfully negotiate with his own party.  Booting 26 million Americans from their insurance just to cut billions in taxes for a few millionaires would be a catastrophe our country can’t afford.”

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What Trumpcare Will Do To Real People

We know Trumpcare is such a disaster in Washington it may actually fail today in the House, but the bill’s coverage across the country provides a clearer picture of just how catastrophic it would be if it passes.

La Crosse Tribune: “Ryan’s Obamacare replacement could boost some La Crosse rates 855 percent”

Denver Post: “Before Obamacare, nearly two-thirds of the patients at Denver Health were either uninsured or on Medicaid” 

Quad-City Times: GOP health plan’s credits help younger, wealthier 

Portland Press Herald: Small-town Maine could see premiums jump sevenfold under the House plan.

Here are the stories state and local newspapers are reporting on the individuals who will be severely worse off if Trumpcare becomes law.

In Michigan, a 28-year-old mother told the Detroit Free Press she turned to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act when she was uninsured and learned she […]

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Everyone Agrees the AHCA Is A Disaster. Everyone But Trump and Ryan.

“There’s overwhelming opposition to Trumpcare because everyone knows it’s reckless policy that would boot 26 million Americans from their insurance just to cut taxes for a few millionaires. Donald Trump and Paul Ryan ought to open their eyes,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/325413-centrists-balk-at-gop-obamacare-bill

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$60 Million Better Spent Elsewhere

The Secret Service requested an extra $60 million in funding toward its FY 2018 budget, in order to compensate for the Trump family’s extensive travel, plus the costs associated with securing the Trumps’ three primary residences.

Every Trump trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers more than $3,000,000. And that’s not including the drag on the local government and small business owners. Trump is charging U.S. taxpayers millions while he jets back and forth to Palm Beach, openly running a pay-to-play scheme and selling access to anyone who can foot the $200,000 membership fee.

“Trump proposes gutting crucial economic development, education, and social programs, while vacationing and funneling money into his own pocket on taxpayers’ dime,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Trump’s intentions to get rich off the presidency, and at the expense of the American people, have never been more obvious.”

Here are a few alternative uses […]

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New Bridge Project Trumpcare Ad Spotlights Trump Breaking His Promises

In advance of the House Trumpcare vote, Bridge Project is releasing a new digital ad that blasts Donald Trump for violating health care promises he made to the American people on the campaign trail.

This ad, “Was Anything He Said Not a Lie?” contrasts the assurances Donald Trump made to voters – that he would deliver better, cheaper health care for “everybody” – with the consensus among independent experts that Trumpcare would take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, as well as make health care costs spike for working and middle class families, seniors, and rural Americans.

The ad also highlights that many assessments show Trumpcare would disproportionately harm his own supporters – and shows Trump acknowledging this.

“Trumpcare betrays millions upon millions of vulnerable Americans that Donald Trump pledged he would help. This plan would kick millions off of their coverage – even more so than if Republicans simply repealed […]

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He’s Breaking His Medicare Promise, Too

“We already knew that Trumpcare would kick 26 million people off of their health insurance and raise costs for working families, seniors, and rural Americans. Now we’re learning this bill would cut Medicare by $170 billion – a move that could hit seniors across the country with even more consequences. This isn’t a healthcare bill, it’s a travesty that would harm millions of Americans just to cut billions in taxes for the wealthy,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

DONALD TRUMP PLEDGED NOT TO CUT MEDICARE OR MEDICAID IN HIS CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH

Donald Trump in campaign announcement, 6/15/2015: “Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it.”

HOUSE WAYS & MEANS CHAIR KEVIN BRADY ADMITS TRUMPCARE WOULD SHORTEN THE LIFE OF MEDICARE BY 4 YEARS

House Rules Committee Hearing, 3/22/2017:

WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR BRADY: And so we made a conscious decision to no […]

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Four Times Donald Trump Lauded Paul Manafort And His Role On Trump’s Campaign

Despite the White House’s feeble attempts to distance President Trump from his former campaign chair, and employee of one of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies in Russia, here are four times Trump touted Manafort and the work he was doing for the Trump campaign.

1. Trump: “So anyway, so I want to thank my entire group. Then we beefed it up because we’re really now in the final stretch — three-and-a-half months. And Paul Manafort has done an amazing job. He’s here someplace. Where’s Paul? Paul Manafort — oh, good. You made it. Paul Manafort has done a fantastic job. And all of Paul’s people Paul brought on the staff. And we really do. We have a great staff of talented people, a great staff.” [Donald Trump, Press Conference, Cleveland, OH, 7/22/16]

2. Trump:  “Manafort who’s by the way is a respected man a respected man and I think he […]

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Trumpcare Is So Bad Trump Can Only Sell It To Congress With Threats

“Analysis after analysis has shown that Trumpcare would tear health coverage away from millions and leave working families, seniors, and rural Americans with skyrocketing out-of-pocket health care costs. That makes it especially revealing that Donald Trump didn’t even talk about the pain this bill would mean for everyday people, including his own voters, when he tried to sell reluctant members of Congress today – he just made political threats. Sounds like a real ‘winner,’” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

Washington Post: “Trump to GOP critics of health care bill: ‘I’m gonna come after you’”Politico: “Trump to Republicans: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat”

Associated Press: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they could lose their seats in next year’s midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama’s Affordable […]

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Amid National Trumpcare Backlash, No Accountability from Republicans About Their Own Health Care and Tax Benefits

As the House Rules Committee decides on amendments for Trumpcare this week, it is essential that Republicans come clean about why they are giving themselves a pass on having coverage under their own bill at the same time they are giving themselves substantial new tax benefits.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” requires that members of the Senate, the House, and congressional staff all exclusively get their health insurance coverage through the marketplaces created by the law.  The requirement became part of the ACA through an amendment written by Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Sen. Tom Coburn that the Democratic congressional leadership endorsed.

This provision was a major accountability measure that put members of Congress and their staffs on par with the American people when it comes to health care, and it was a testament to supporters’ faith in the quality of the exchanges were being made […]

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Republicans Just Admitted That Trumpcare Would Hurt Seniors

Last week, just after a Fox News poll found that only 34% of American voters support Trumpcare, Donald Trump himself told Tucker Carlson that he knew this bill would be harmful to his own supporters.

Today, after more reports that Trumpcare would be devastating to working class and middle class Americans all over the country – especially elderly and rural Americans – House Republicans attempted to paper-over this inconvenient and very serious news with slight changes to the bill that will not prevent those outcomes.

“With these insignificant changes, congressional Republicans just admitted that they know what the CBO has already told the public: Trumpcare would be a severe blow to America’s seniors. Desperate Republicans may think a “spin room” is the answer to their problems, but in reality, there’s no spinning terrible policy. The truth about Trumpcare is already out,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.  

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