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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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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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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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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Belated Throw Back Thursday: Trump the Dealmaker

Trump: “If You Can’t Make A Good Deal With A Politician, Then There’s Something Wrong With You.”  “So I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. You’re certainly not very good.” [Donald Trump, Presidential Campaign Announcement, New York, NY 6/16/15]

Trump:  “Nobody Knows The System Better Than Me, Which Is Why I Alone Can Fix It.” [Donald Trump, RNC Speech, Cleveland, OH, 07/21/16]

Trump: “I’ve Been Making Lots Of Wonderful Deals, Great Deals. That’s What I Do.” “I’ve been doing deals for a long time.  I’ve been making lots of wonderful deals, great deals, that’s what I do.”  [Donald Trump, Anti Iran Deal Rally, Washington, DC, 9/9/15]

Trump: “I’m A Closer”  “We like to win. We know how to close deals. I close. I’m a closer. Even in sports, I’ve always been a closer. […]

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Donald Trump Is A Failure Who Can’t Deliver

Donald Trump’s signature agenda item just cratered.  The good news: millions of people won’t lose their health insurance, health care costs won’t explode for seniors, the quality of employer-based coverage won’t rapidly decline, and basic services like prescription coverage, hospitalization, and newborn care will not be undermined — no thanks to Republicans in Congress or the White House.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s campaign is under FBI investigation for potentially colluding with Russian hackers, the situation in North Korea is spiraling out of control, and courts continue to block his unconstitutional travel ban.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement in reaction to Paul Ryan canceling the TrumpCare vote:

“Donald Trump is a failure who can’t deliver. After having the better part of a decade to produce a healthcare plan, all Trump and Republicans came up with was a $144 billion dollar tax cut for the rich – a bill so reckless that their own […]

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Trump To Get Updates On How He’s Getting Rich Sticking It to Taxpayers, Despite Pledge To Divest

Statement from American Bridge spokesperson Brad Bainum:

“Trump refused to sell off his business holdings, and now he’s breaking his “blind trust” with “zero contact” promises to start receiving regular updates on how effectively he’s getting rich while sticking it to the American people.

“The Trump family continues to violate public trust, shatter ethical norms, and brazenly sell out the American people to profit off of the presidency. The only person winning in Trump’s America is Trump, and he’s doing it at the country’s expense. “

Key Point:

But less than two minutes later, [Eric Trump] concedes that he will continue to update his father on the business while he is in the presidency. “Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it.” How often will those reports be, every quarter? “Depending, yeah, depending.” Could be more, could be less? “Yeah, probably quarterly.” One thing is clear: […]

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Another Betrayal: Trump Not Requiring Keystone to Use American Steel

“Donald Trump’s lies keeping piling up.  The simple fact is he didn’t require Keystone to use to American steel, just like he didn’t use American steel to build his own hotels, and just like he isn’t requiring future projects to use American steel either,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Watch Trump’s Keystone Pipeline Executive Order Lie: “The Pipe Has To Be Made In The United States Of America If We’re Going To Have Pipelines.” “

Within a few days of taking the oath of office, I’ve taken steps to begin the construction of Keystone and the Dakota Access pipeline.  Anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 jobs. And very importantly, as I was about to sign it, I said, ‘Who makes the pipe? Who makes the pipe?’ Something this audience understands very well, right? Simple question. The lawyers put this very complex document in front. I said, ‘Who makes the pipe?’ […]

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TrumpCare Discredits Donald Trump’s Healthcare Rhetoric. All Of It.

Donald Trump has gone all-in to break major campaign promises with the disaster that is TrumpCare.  We”ll find out today if he’s successfully negotiated his own party into voting for it in the House.

The Republican bill would have real consequences for Americans and exposes that Donald Trump has been lying to people since the very beginning when it comes to healthcare.

Here’s the truth: Trumpcare will cost taxpayers more money and cover fewer people. In fact, fewer people would lose their coverage if the GOP simply repealed the ACA without a replacement, further underscoring the reckless nature of this legislation.

In all, Trumpcare would kick 26 million Americans off of their health insurance, force higher out-of-pocket costs onto working and middle class families, rural Americans, and seniors, and hollow-out funding for substance abuse treatment.  All in order to give a small group of millionaires billions in tax cuts.

The American people know this plan is a […]

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