The American Hospital Association has released a statement declaring its opposition to the GOP’s last-ditch ObamaCare repeal bill, saying the legislation eliminates coverage for millions of Americans.
“This proposal would erode key protections for patients and consumers and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market now or in the long term,” Rick Pollack, AHA’s president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday.
“In addition, the block grant to provide support for the expansion population expires in 2026, thereby eliminating coverage for millions of Americans.”
The Hill added:
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). have unveiled legislation that would end funding for insurer subsidies, tax credits and Medicaid expansion and convert those dollars into block grants for the states. It would also defund Planned Parenthood for a year and repeal the individual and employer mandates.
The bill has gained momentum in recent days with Republicans facing a Sept. 30 deadline to pass ObamaCare repeal through a fast-track process that would allow them to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
The American Medical Association and America’s Essential Hospitals have also come out in opposition to the bill. The Association of American Medical Colleges sent a letter to all senators urging them to oppose the legislation.
“During the long debate regarding health care reform, the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have continually advocated for a number of key principles as fundamental cornerstones of any successful health care system,” President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch wrote.
“These principles include offering high-quality, affordable health insurance to all; preserving and fortifying the safety net through Medicaid and other policies; and encouraging innovation in the delivery system, among others.”
He added that Cassidy-Graham doesn’t meet these principles.
“The current proposal does not meet these principles and will almost surely lead to dramatic increases in the number of uninsured patients nationwide and put important existing patient protections at risk. Additionally, a proposal like this—a complete overhaul of the health care system—should be fully and adequately examined by the Congressional Budget Office before it is brought to a vote.”