New Analysis Shows Medicaid Costs for Nevadans Would Skyrocket Under Trumpcare

A new analysis of the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare bill shows that annual out-of-pocket costs will skyrocket for Nevadans under the newest draft of the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare plan.

A single, 60-year-old Nevadan earning $12,360 who currently pays $0 under the Affordable Care Act would pay $7,650 in premiums and deductibles next year, according to a new study by the non-partisan Urban Institute.

“It’s more clear than ever that Trumpcare would sentence tens of thousands of Nevadans — and millions of Americans — to insurance with out-of-pocket costs so high it effectively leaves them uninsured. With every new study, the truth becomes clearer: Trumpcare would strip millions of their insurance and raise costs on millions more, and that’s why Nevadans are demanding Sen. Dean Heller stand up for them — for once,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Take a look at the horrifying numbers:

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First Cornyn, now Cruz admit that they are playing politics with the American people’s healthcare

“The second Republican Senator in as many days just admitted the truth: they and Donald Trump are endangering the healthcare of the American people in order to practice the most cynical form of partisan politics imaginable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Yesterday John Cornyn said it would be a ‘luxury’ to know if the Senate would vote to take coverage from 22 or 32 million Americans, and now Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to put the next year’s elections ahead of the well-being of American families.”

Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz warns: Failure to act on Obamacare will hurt GOP in 2018
by Anna Giaritelli

Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lashed out at Senate Republicans on Friday for their inaction in healthcare reform legislation, and said it could result in real problems for the GOP in the mid-term elections.

Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Cruz on Friday if senators are worried […]

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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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Dean Heller Doesn’t Have a Clue on Health Care

Dean Heller’s spent this week doing his best impersonation of a Magic 8 Ball, refusing to discuss Nevadans’ health care with reporters and giving meaningless answers when cornered.

Yesterday, in a bizarre interview with Axios, Heller couldn’t give a clear answer to seven questions in a row about Trumpcare:

Where do you stand? “I don’t have an answer.”
What about premiums? “That’s one of the variables.”
Would higher premiums be bad? “Well, you know, all the scoring and everything.”
What if Nevadans lose coverage? “I’m not going to talk about that.”
What would you tell Nevadans? “It just depends on the individual.”
Is Gov. Sandoval a factor in your decision? “Everything’s a factor.”
You sound pretty flexible. “I hope so.”

“It sounds like Dean Heller’s replaced his usual word salad with a Magic 8 Ball — that’s how terrified he is of taking a stand against Donald Trump and the Senate’s health care bill. Heller isn’t fighting for Nevadans’ health care — he’s fighting to […]

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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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ALL (LITTLE) HANDS ON DECK: Gillespie Would “Absolutely” Welcome Trump to Campaign With Him

It’s official. Ed Gillespie has wrapped his arms around Donald Trump saying he “absolutely” would welcome the President to campaign for him in Virginia. Gillespie is desperately trying to win over the most extreme right-wing in his party by cozying up to Donald Trump. It’s what he’s done his whole career: put his party and personal ambition first, and Virginia families last.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie cannot be elected governor because he’d never stand up to Trump. Even as the president campaigns to rip away health care coverage from over half a million Virginians, including 14,500 veterans, Gillespie is laying out the red carpet for him on the campaign trail. Virginians need a governor who will put Virginians first–Gillespie will always put Trump first.”


JOHN FREDERICKS: It’s the middle of the campaign and I do not like […]

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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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Guadagno gets defensive about “The Boss”

Kim Guadagno knows she has to do everything possible to keep her 26 percent from sliding any lower into Chris Christie territory.  Now Guadagno is playing defense on her disdain for Bruce Springsteen by tweeting out a picture of her and the boss.

Guadagno is out of step with the overwhelming majority of New Jersey, but it’s likely more than just her dislike of Thunder Road and Hungry Heart… and her unyielding support of her own boss, Chris Christie.  

Here are some more classic New Jersey favorites that Guadagno probably hates:

Bon Jovi

Taylor Ham/Pork Roll


The Boardwalk



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American Bridge Statement on Newest CBO Confirmation That Trumpcare Would Gut the American Healthcare System

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler responded to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Offices’s latest score of Trumpcare by calling for Republican leaders to listen to the American people and work across party lines to improve the Affordable Care Act. 

​”Republicans have a clear choice: either vote for a partisan plan to gut healthcare in the name of tax cuts for the rich, or put the American people first.

“America’s doctors, hospitals, addiction experts, the insurance industry itself, and now the independent Congressional Budget Office have declared that Trumpcare would eviscerate the American healthcare system, leaving 22 million people without insurance, forcing through-the-roof deductibles onto working families, and ending Medicaid as we know it. That should be all Republicans need to hear to put a stop to this plan.

​”What’s more, Republicans are not telling us if they’ll include the Cruz Amendment in Trumpcare or not, which the health insurance […]

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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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