American Bridge Response to Speaker Ryan’s Empty Rhetoric

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement responding to Speaker Ryan’s remarks on the healthcare debate and the Senate’s “skinny” repeal bill: 

“No one should think Speaker Ryan is acting in good faith. He can’t be trusted and his slippery statement reveals his true intentions. He’s leaving himself an out and in the end, no one should be surprised when the House sends the President a reckless bill that results in millions losing coverage.”

“This healthcare ‘debate’ is going to go down in history as the worst display of partisan politics our country has ever seen. Senate Republicans should do the right thing for once and vote against this measure. Nothing else is acceptable, too much is at risk.”

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AARP, American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, And American Heart Association VERSUS Donald Trump And Paul Ryan

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are trying to jam Trumpcare through the House of Representatives today, which they have made severely more painful for American families since their first attempt to pass the bill failed in March. Back then, it was already a looming disaster for the country that would cost 26 million Americans their health insurance and force skyrocketing costs onto working people, senior citizens, and rural communities.

Trumpcare has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people, as poll after poll confirms, and now, after recent changes made to buy votes from the most conservative members of Congress, it fundamentally cripples healthcare coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions, which Trump promised he would never do. It also even compromises healthcare coverage and defunds Planned Parenthood.

Trump and the Republican leadership in the House are set to rush this vote before the Congressional Budget Office can update their nonpartisan analysis of […]

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Somehow Trumpcare just got worse for sick Americans.

After a White House meeting last night described as “in total chaos mode,” Speaker Ryan just touted a new amendment to Trumpcare that would allow the Trump Administration to decide which Americans qualify as sick enough not to be over-charged for health coverage:

“Americans can’t trust Donald Trump and Tom Price to decide whether or not they deserve health care when they get sick. But the Trumpcare amendment that Speaker Ryan just called “progress” would do just that.  This development is a new low proving – yet again – that Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan remain hell-bent on selling-out working and middle class Americans’ access to health care so they can give tax breaks to the rich,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

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Trump and Ryan are still after your healthcare

Reports this morning  indicate that after Trumpcare’s failure in the House and Speaker Ryan’s concession that the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land,” the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans are meeting behind closed doors to put forward a far worse version of the bill that would not only still kick tens of millions of Americans off of their health care coverage and make health care more expensive, but would go as far as to gut protections for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits – including hospital visits, pregnancy, and prescription drugs.

This comes after AP polling confirmed that Trumpcare was a nonstarter with the majority of the American people and Trump’s allies are needing to run ads to repair his image as a result –  less than 100 days into his presidency.

“Apparently the old plan wasn’t reckless enough for the GOP, so now […]

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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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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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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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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.

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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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