THE KEY QUESTION FOR SENATE REPUBLICANS ABOUT CASSIDY-GRAHAM-HELLER

“How will you justify supporting this attack on Americans’ healthcare when you meet your constituents again?”

Republicans are yet again trying to force a Trumpcare bill down the American peoples’ throats that would increase health costs, gut the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people suffering from preexisting conditions, and end Medicaid as we know it.

The GOP is moving forward with this disastrous bill despite the fact that the largest patient advocacy organizations in the United States – including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians – have called on Senators to stand against Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson.  So has the American College of Physicians, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons.

In response to the warnings from these various groups, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler posed the following question to every Republican senator considering this legislation:

“The top nonpartisan patent advocates in the country have warned – in the strongest terms – that this […]

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Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of Michigan

Donald Trump is actively sabotaging Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, and it is costing the people of Michigan. Today, Health Alliance Plan announced that, as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, they will withdraw from offering individual coverage plans on the health insurance exchanges in Michigan. 

This news comes after Donald Trump has taken a host of executive actions that have harmed insurance markets and driven-up healthcare costs for Americans, including an executive order on Trump’s first day in office to compromise the effectiveness of the individual mandate, calling into question whether the mandate would be enforced at all, pulling an initial round of ACA enrollment ads that had already been paid for, and cutting the overall enrollment ad budget by 90% as well as community outreach funds by 40%.

Most damaging of all, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), which are critical in order for 7 million working people to […]

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Trump’s ACA sabotage is hurting Louisianians, but Sen. Cassidy isn’t protecting them

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after it was reported that the Trump Administration’s most recent action undercutting the Affordable Care Act marketplaces would directly harm harm Louisianians: 

“These cuts by the Trump Administration will cause real pain for Louisiana families who need help signing up for health care in the marketplaces. But instead of standing up for those Louisianians, Sen. Bill Cassidy is working with Trump on yet another Obamacare replacement that would take insurance from millions and cripple coverage for preexisting conditions.”

Baton Rouge Advocate: Feds slash funding for helping consumers get Obamacare — 2 Louisiana nonprofits lose 80 percent
BY TED GRIGGS | TGRIGGS@THEADVOCATE.COM
SEP 15, 2017 – 11:15 AM

The two nonprofits that help Louisiana consumers enroll in Obamacare health plans have had 80 percent of the $1.7 million in funding they receive slashed by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

The Southwest Louisiana Area […]

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Trump’s latest act of ACA sabotage will devastate rural Americans 

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after the Department of Health & Human Services announced that they would cut funding for Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigators by 85%, the most recent way that the Trump Administration has undermined the ACA exchanges ahead of the enrollment period that they themselves have artificially shortened:

“Donald Trump is disingenuously telling Americans that the Affordable Care Act is failing – despite data to the contrary from his own administration – as he tries to force its head under the water, regardless of the consequences for families. This latest attempt at sabotage by Trump with behind-the-back administrative actions will be devastating for people across the country who count on ACA marketplaces for their healthcare – particularly those in rural communities.”

A host of executive actions taken by Trump and his administration have destabilized insurance markets and driven up health case costs for Americans, including an  Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Statement & New Ad on Dean Heller’s Never-Ending ACA Repeal Fight

“Today, Dean Heller yet again broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care by pushing his disastrous plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act  — all to score partisan points. By signing his name to this latest legislation — which independent studies say would end Medicaid expansion, kick over 200,000 Nevadans off their health care and raise costs for millions more — Dean Heller is sealing his political fate. Count on Nevadans to hold Heller accountable at the ballot box next November for fighting to undermine their health care,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler.

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Bridge Project Releases Warning Against Latest GOP Attempt to Gut Healthcare

Ad Targets Most Vulnerable Senator Dean Heller

Even though Americans want their leaders focused on job creation, Senate Republicans – including Dean Heller from Nevada – just can’t stop trying to take health care away from millions. A new Trumpcare plan, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller, would subject countless families to the same devastating consequences of the last 5 failed plans.

To hold Dean Heller accountable for yet again breaking his promise to protect Nevadans’ healthcare, Bridge Project is out with a new digital ad highlighting the pain that the latest bill would inflict. The ad will serve as a model that can be implemented against other Republicans who support the Graham-Cassidy-Heller plan.

“Instead of focusing on the American people’s first priority – creating good-paying, middle class jobs – Donald Trump and Senate Republicans like Dean Heller are pushing yet another Trumpcare bill that would gut the American healthcare system,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Americans […]

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Sen. Alexander​’s​ Scheme to Gut Essential Health Benefits Puts Insurance Companies First, Not Families

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after it was reported that Sen. Lamar Alexander was advocating for a mechanism from Trumpcare proposals that would cripple the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurance plans cover Essential Health Benefits – such as hospitalization, prenatal care, and prescription drugs: 

“The vast majority of Americans oppose gutting the Affordable Care Act’s landmark consumer protections that guarantee health insurance plans cover the most basic healthcare services. Sen. Alexander should recall how overwhelmingly this measure was rejected during the Trumpcare debate and focus on putting families – not insurance companies – first.”

Axios: Senate’s ACA talks aren’t going as well as they seem
Caitlin Owens

Republicans and Democrats on the Senate HELP Committee disagree about the how far they should go in overhauling the Affordable Care Act’s “state innovation waivers” — a dispute that could spell trouble for the committee’s bipartisan talks about how to […]

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Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of Kentucky

Donald Trump is actively sabotaging Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, and it is costing the people of Kentucky. Today, Anthem announced that as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, they will withdraw from offering individual coverage plans in half of the counties in Kentucky.

The news comes after Donald Trump has taken a host of executive actions taken by Trump and his administration to undercut the functioning of Affordable Care Act marketplaces, including an executive order on Trump’s first day in office to compromise the effectiveness of the individual mandate, calling into question whether the mandate would be enforced at all, pulling other ACA enrollment ads that had already been paid for, and – most harmful of all – threatening to abruptly withhold cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that are critical in order for 7 million working people to have […]

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Watch: Every GOP insurance commissioner testifying today says that Trump should end his ACA sabotage 

Today, every single Republican state insurance commissioner testifying to the Senate HELP committee about stabilization of the Affordable Care Act called for the continued payment of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that are critical in order for 7 million working Americans to have healthcare, and without which premiums for benchmark marketplace silver plans would skyrocket by 25%.

Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cease the payment of these funds, resulting in needless uncertainty that insurance companies have stated is the cause of double-digit premium rate hike requests.

America’s doctors and hospitals, patient advocacy organizations, and the U.S. business community have all appealed to Trump personally to guarantee payment of CSRs and remove the turbulence he has injected into marketplaces across the country.“Donald Trump should listen to these insurance commissioners from his own party and immediately end his campaign to sabotage the state insurance marketplaces,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Trump […]

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Trump escalates sabotage of ACA marketplaces by drastically cutting enrollment ad funding

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after it was reported that the Trump Administration would cut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace enrollment ad budget by 90% during the same week that the Centers for Disease Control determined that the ACA had continued to reduce the U.S. uninsured rate to unprecedented lows during the first months of his administration:    

“Donald Trump’s malicious undermining of Affordable Care Act marketplaces started on his first day in office, and it has resulted in needless, double-digit premium increases that will hammer the finances of millions of hardworking families across the country. This callous funding cut is an obvious attempt to continue sabotaging the marketplaces to hurt a life-saving law that the American people overwhelmingly support bipartisan action to improve.”

Washington Examiner: Trump cuts Obamacare ad budget by 90 percent
by Robert King | Aug 31, 2017, 4:30 […]

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