About Those ACA Marketplace Delusions…

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement on Donald Trump’s continued criticism of the Affordable Care Act:

“Republicans’ malicious campaign against the Affordable Care Act keeps being interrupted by the facts. First, the same CBO report that exposed the high-stakes threat to 24 Americans’ health insurance posed by Trumpcare also showed that the ACA marketplaces were and would be stable.  Now, new revelations completely undercut Donald Trump’s claim that Aetna leaving those marketplaces proved they were failing. It’s beyond time for Republicans to wake up and stop churning out phony reasons to take health care away from people.”

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ICYMI: Experts Say Manafort’s Real Estate Deals “Fit Pattern Used in Money Laundering” Schemes

A new report from WNYC today is raising further questions about Paul Manafort’s ties to Russian oligarchs and Putin allies, this time stemming from real estate dealings that experts say fit a pattern used in money laundering schemes.

In response to this new report, American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh released the following statement:

“The $12 million in question here just so happens to be nearly the exact amount of money Manafort allegedly received from former pro-Russian president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in undisclosed cash payments. And those are the same payments that, once revealed, forced his resignation from the Trump campaign.  Does anyone seriously believe that’s just a coincidence?

“These latest developments can’t be ignored. Now more than ever we need a 9/11 style, independent commission investigating this scandal in order to ensure transparency and accountability on behalf of the American people.”

Earlier today, Bridge Project released a new ad on Paul Manafort, […]

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Speaker Ryan, What Secret Healthcare Plan Are You Not Sharing With the Public?

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after Speaker Ryan’s press conference today:

“Trumpcare’s humiliating defeat last week was a major win for the millions of Americans who now will not lose their health coverage or face skyrocketing healthcare costs.  Afterward Speaker Ryan even affirmed that the ACA was “the law of the land.”  Yesterday we found out that Ryan plans to share a new version of Trumpcare with Republican donors in secret, but at his press conference today he failed to tell the American public what this plan would mean for them.  That is indefensible.  What are you hiding, Speaker Ryan?”

To view Speaker Ryan’s remarks about the Republican approach to health care at his press conference today, please click HERE.

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This Is Bigger Than Watergate. Time For An Independent Commission.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to a report that the Trump administration sought to prevent Sally Yates from testifying in the House Intelligence Committee:

“Tanking a witness’ testimony should be the final nail in Nunes’ coffin. He has repeatedly colluded with the White House to obscure the truth about the ties between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and has shown that he cannot be trusted in any capacity. Now more than ever we need a 9/11 style, independent commission that can ensure impartiality, transparency and accountability on behalf of the American people.”

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Spicer Questions: Over The Fence And Into The White House Edition

It’s a busy day so we’ll get right to it. American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. Why did the Trump Administration seek to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Trump’s ties to Russia? Did the White House direct Chairman Devin Nunes to suddenly call off the hearing out of fear of what Yates would say?

2. Does President Trump wait to receive his intelligence briefing until the ten o’clock hour so he can watch and tweet about Fox and Friends? Yes, this is a real question.

3. Can you say definitively now what we all know to be true- Mexico is not going to pay for the wall? Per the White House’s own budget estimate, the wall is going to cost taxpayers $1 billion next year, $2.6 billion in 2018 […]

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Bridge Project Launches New Episode in Web Series Highlighting Connections Between Trump and Russia

Episode Two: Paul Manafort

Today, Bridge Project is launching the second episode in its new web series that outlines the numerous direct ties between officials in Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs, gangsters, alleged spy-masters, and Vladimir Putin. This week’s episode focuses on Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who was forced to resign after it was discovered that he may have accepted $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from the former Ukrainian president.

The video notes that before joining the Trump campaign, Manafort worked for Putin ally Viktor Yanukovych in his successful campaign for President of Ukraine. It also highlights recently revealed text messages where Manafort’s own daughter wrote that she believes he took “blood money” from Russian-aligned officials.

“Paul Manafort is one of the shadiest characters in the Trump orbit and that’s saying a lot.  No one should believe that his countless ties to Russian officials are simply a matter […]

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Speaker Ryan’s Sauce Is Weak

“Speaker Ryan isn’t a policy wonk, he’s a hack. If he and his party were even remotely serious about healthcare policy, they’d come to the table in good faith and work with Democrats on bipartisan solutions. But he’s not. He’s still hell bent on kicking millions off of their health insurance and gutting Medicaid just to cut taxes for the wealthy, only this time his campaign contributors will get the first look. That may score him some campaign cash, but it’s still a recipe for disaster for the country,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

Washington Post: Paul Ryan: House Republicans Will Continue Their Push For Healthcare Reform This Year

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Could Dean Heller Look More Weak?

“Dean Heller says he’s on Nevada’s side, but when it comes to stopping the Yucca Mountain project, it’s increasingly clear he’s completely ineffective. He wasn’t able to stop the Trump administration from including millions for Yucca in its budget, and now Energy Secretary Rick Perry is visiting Yucca Mountain in a surprise scouting trip. It’s time for Dean Heller to take serious action against this administration on behalf of the people of Nevada, or prove himself unworthy of his job,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.

Nevada Independent: Energy Secretary Perry visiting Yucca Mountain today

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Even More Brutal Coverage for Jeff Flake

The brutal headlines are just piling up for Jeff Flake.

Flake “is full of hooey” for trying to claim “the high ground” on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, writes the Arizona Republic’s E.J. Montini. It’s especially pretty rich, considering Flake is so desperate to put an ideological partisan on the Supreme Court he’s willing to nuke the filibuster to confirm Gorsuch.

Flake couldn’t even be bothered to take committee hearings on Gorsuch seriously, getting “goofy” on his “most consequential vote of the year, if not the decade.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. House will vote tomorrow on Flake’s proposal to “continue to allow companies to share your browsing history on the web and even to sell that information without having to tell you.”

And the TV news reports aren’t any prettier, with one station reporting Flake’s plan “would allow internet providers to sell consumer’s personal online data without them knowing.”

No wonder Jeff Flake’s “too busy” to meet with his […]

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Monday Motivation for Trump on Tax Reform

“After he failed to pass an egregiously unpopular ACA replacement that would have paid for hundreds of billions in new tax cuts for the wealthiest by taking health care coverage from millions, Donald Trump is facing even more likely blockages on tax reform. He should take a hint and think very hard before embracing another plan that sells out working families just to give special breaks to fellow billionaires, ” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

A Senate GOP Aide Said, “The Notion That Tax Is Easier Than Health Is Not Borne Out By The Facts.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “None of those divisions inside the GOP have been resolved yet, and dozens more are lurking, including debates over tax breaks for renewable energy, credits that aid low-income households, and the treatment of carried interest income for private-equity managers. ‘The notion that tax is easier than health is not borne out […]

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