The nation’s largest doctors group warned Senate leaders Monday that millions of people could lose health coverage under the Republican healthcare plan.
In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the American Medical Association (AMA) pushed back against any “significant changes” to the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid programs.
The influential AMA told senators those changes “potentially threaten the ability for millions of Americans to obtain and retain coverage. It is these citizens, constituents, and patients who should be at the center of this debate.”
“Proposals should maintain key insurance market reforms, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, guaranteed issue, and parental coverage for young adults, as well as … adequately fund Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and other safety net programs,” the AMA wrote.
“We recognize that the current law can be improved and that there are problems that need to be fixed. However, we do not support changes to the health care system that would result in health care coverage being beyond the reach of those who are currently covered, that would weaken the health care safety net, or that would compromise the ability of physicians to provide care for our patients,” the AMA said.
The AMA is one of dozens of medical groups that have opposed the GOP plan.