Trump’s Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act Costs the People of Nevada

Donald Trump is overtly sabotaging insurance markets as he pushes Trumpcare on the country, and it’s now costing Nevada.

Today, as a result of Trump destabilizing insurance markets, Anthem announced they will withdraw from Nevada’s Affordable Care Act exchanges, costing Nevadan’s health insurance options across the entire state. This comes a month after Anthem announced they would be withdrawing from 14 Nevada counties.

This news comes after Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to unilaterally cut-off Affordable Care Act funding that is critical to seven million working Americans having health insurance, which is roiling markets.

“Dean Heller has been complicit in Donald Trump’s politically motivated sabotage of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. This sabotage will hurt Nevadans, particularly those in rural areas,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Donald Trump is sabotaging the ACA out of spite for the bipartisan opposition the led to the collapse of Trumpcare, including from Governor […]

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ICYMI: Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda

“It’s not hard to imagine why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would turn down $80 million dollars already allocated by Congress to fight Russian propaganda. Vladimir Putin would expect nothing less from the Order of Friendship award winner. With Tilllerson carrying out Putin’s bidding from the State Department and President Trump playing games with signing the Russian sanctions bill, the clear winner in the Trump administration is Russia.” — American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden 

Politico: Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda

The secretary of state won’t tap funding approved by Congress, angering officials.

By NAHAL TOOSI, 08/02/2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is resisting the pleas of State Department officials to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress for fighting terrorist propaganda and Russian disinformation.

It is highly unusual for a Cabinet secretary to turn down money for his department. But more than five months into his tenure, […]

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President Trump Encourages Police Brutality & More

“Donald Trump has once again gone off the rails. This is despicable and un-American, and it’s beneath the Office of the Presidency.” –American Bridge VP Shripal Shah

WATCH: Trump Encourages Police Brutality


During Trump’s speech, he also…

Said ignored America’s history with slavery claiming human trafficking is worse than 200 years ago 
Reaffirmed that he only wants ‘Rich Men’ in his Cabinet

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Trump Gives a Taiwanese Co. $3 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars For 3K Jobs

The Trump White House on Wednesday claimed a great “job creation” victory upon announcing that Wisconsin had struck a deal with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a new plant in the Badger State.

But here’s what Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker downplayed in their announcement: the deal requires that Wisconsin taxpayers hand over $200,000,000-per-year to Foxconn for up to 15 years — $3 billion, carried on the backs of Wisconsin’s working families.

“This is another lousy deal for working people from a President who only looks out for his own bottom line,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Rather than focus on concentrated investment in infrastructure-building and long-term, stable job creation — or making much-needed investments in our schools and healthcare system — Trump is instead forking over $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to a foreign company with a reputation for stilting workers and breaking job-creation promises. The country […]

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145,415 Pink Slips Under Trump (And No Infrastructure Bill)

No Trump jobs ‘deal’ can be taken at face value. Last time Trump claimed to have secured a great victory for American working people, he gifted Carrier millions in taxpayer-funded incentives to keep outsourcing jobs, then set up the company to further replace some of the non-offshored jobs by transitioning to automation.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Trump’s jobs announcement:

“Donald Trump is a lying con artist and when it comes to creating jobs, nothing he says can be taken at face value. Today’s announcement is no exception. When you ignore his rhetoric and look at his record, it’s clear that he’s done nothing to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and has no real jobs agenda.  
 
“Trump only cares about making more money for himself. That’s why he’s focused on taking away millions of Americans’ healthcare and cutting his own […]

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No Scaramucci, Americans don’t want healthcare to be like the airline industry

“Only two men – Donald Trump and Anthony Scaramucci – who fly exclusively on private jets would want our health care system to be more like airline travel.  This administration is out of touch, and these comments, coupled with Trumpcare’s plan to ditch healthcare benefits in order to fund tax cuts for the rich are just the latest examples. These guys would rather see Americans treated like passengers on an overbooked flight,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on CNN’s New Day: “Why not disrupt and decentralize the system, make it more price-competitive, increase competition for the insurance companies, reevaluate the way we’re entering the primary care market the way Secretary Price wants to do it, and trust the process of the free market like in telecom, like in airlines.”

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Mooch Screws The Pooch On Ethics

“Donald Trump’s mini me is following in his own treacherous footsteps. Not only does Anthony Scaramucci stand to make millions from a shady Chinese investor while working in the White House – with overt approval from Trump’s administration – he’s ducking the law by holding onto his conflicts of interest.

“Trump and his swampy administration only care about one thing: Profiting from the White House at the expense of the American people.” — Kevin McAlister, American Bridge spokesperson

 

Think Progress: Like his boss, Scaramucci failed to divest before accepting White House job

The White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has some significant loose ends to tie up related to his personal business interests. Like Scaramucci, President Donald Trump came into office with substantial personal wealth; instead of fully divesting or putting his assets in a blind trust, Trump handed the Trump Organization over to his two sons and placed his business in […]

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So-called “skinny repeal” = cutting the jugular of health insurance marketplaces 

What Trump and Republicans are disingenuously calling “skinny repeal” would in fact cut the jugular of health insurance markets, force spikes in premiums, and cost millions of Americans their healthcare.  More and more experts are confirming this plan would send the insurance markets into a downward spiral, slamming the American families who would pay the price. Even Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) admitted that such an approach is “not a solution.” At the same time, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price revealed that this plan is part of a larger scheme to pass any “lowest common denominator bill” so that Republicans can later force Trumpcare upon the country.

“Every Republican Senator who votes for such a plan will be on the record for tanking health insurance markets, forcing premiums to spike, and kicking millions off of their insurance, all in the name of cynical partisan politics,” said American Bridge President […]

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Sanders Questions: New Phone Who Dis Edition 

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions: 

1. After months of falsely claiming Obamacare is in a death spiral, does President Trump back a so-called “skinny repeal” bill that experts say will in fact cause a death spiral in the insurance markets?

2. President Trump pledged health care that covered “everybody” but the Senate is voting today on a bill to take away insurance from 32 million people. Why did the President break is promise?

3. Did President Trump intentionally expose a classified CIA operation in Syria on Monday or was it just collateral damage to a Twitter rant against the Washington Post?

4. When was the last time President Trump spoke to Paul Manafort? Has anyone from the President’s outside legal team been in contact with Paul Manafort?

5. Why did the White House claim the transgender military ban came from the military when in […]

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American Bridge Statement on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Trump’s bigoted ban of transgender Americans from serving in the military:

“Donald Trump is a disgrace to our country and everything we stand for as Americans. This bigoted ban on transgender individuals serving in our military is just the latest example. Every American should speak out against this ban immediately, and Congress should act in any way possible to overturn this reckless policy. If they don’t, history will remember them for being complicit in Trump’s latest attack on freedom, equality, and fairness.”

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