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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NEW DATA: Affordable Care Act kept bringing number of Americans with health insurance to unprecedented lows under Trump 

New Centers for Disease Control data show that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kept reducing the uninsured rate in the United States to unprecedented lows even during the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, when the law was already facing sabotage efforts from the Trump Administration.

This continued success of the ACA occurred despite Trump signing an executive order undermining the law on his first day in office, followed by the administration calling enforcement of the individual mandate into question days later, and then pulling ads promoting ACA enrollment – which had already been paid for – at the end of his first week.

“Even though the Affordable Care Act was continuing to provide more Americans with health coverage than at any point in our history, Donald Trump and Republicans still began a sabotage campaign against it so that they could cut taxes for the rich at the expense of  tens of millions […]

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Sen. McConnell, the path on healthcare is clear

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after Sen. Mitch McConnell alleged that Affordable Care Act places were “collapsing” and that the path forward on healthcare was “murky.”

“The marketplaces have proved resilient despite repeated attempts by Donald Trump to sabotage the ​Affordable Care Act, but now it’s time for Republicans to come to terms with reality and commit to working across the aisle to improve existing law. We need an approach that puts the American people ahead of partisanship, something like that might even stop Sen. McConnell’s approval rating from ‘collapsing.’”

The Hill: McConnell: Path on healthcare ‘murky’
BY JORDAIN CARNEY – 08/21/17
02:03 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Monday that Congress’ next steps on healthcare are unclear after Republicans failed to repeal ObamaCare.

“Obviously we had a setback on the effort to make dramatic changes on ObamaCare. The way forward now is somewhat murky,” the Senate GOP leader said […]

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Trump and Pence Obamacare sabotage leads to 57% premium hike in Iowa

​”Make no mistake: this 57% spike in premiums is a direct result of Donald Trump and Mike Pence sabotaging the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Now Iowa families are going to suffer the consequences,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “America’s doctors, healthcare providers, health insurers, business leaders, and patient advocates have urged the Trump Administration to end the needless financial distress that this chaos is causing for middle class Americans – but every day Donald Trump and Mike Pence show nothing but indifference to this suffering.”

Des Moines Register: Iowa’s only remaining Obamacare insurer seeks another big rate hike
Jason Clayworth, jclayworth@dmreg.com

Iowans who buy their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange would see their rates increase nearly 57 percent next year under a revised rate proposed Wednesday.

The proposal is 13 percentage points higher than previously was estimated by Medica, the one remaining carrier selling individual policies in Iowa […]

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CBO confirms Obamacare will only “fail” if Trump rigs it to

For his entire presidency, Trump has perpetrated a malicious sabotage campaign against the Affordable Care Act, increasing health insurance prices for the American people and forcing insurance companies to withdraw from some marketplaces.

Now, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has indicated that, if Trump follows through on his most egregious threat to Obamacare customers, premiums for benchmark plans in the marketplaces would spike by up to 25% in coming years, 1 million Americans would lose their health coverage in 2018, and in total the federal deficit would increase by $194 billion.

“This new report confirms it: if Donald Trump continues sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, innocent people will suffer from higher premiums and lost their coverage,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Make no mistake – voters are paying attention and will hold Republicans fully accountable if they don’t act to stop Trump’s sabotage immediately.  The country can’t afford the consequences of inaction.” 

America’s […]

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