The Republican House-proposed healthcare plan was shredded by the American Nurses Association in a letter released Wednesday.
The letter states:
‘The American Health Care Act threatens health care affordability, access, and delivery for individuals across the nation. In its current form, the bill changes Medicaid to a per capita cap funding model, eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restricts millions of women from access to critical health services, and repeals income based on subsidies that millions of people rely on. These changes in no way will improve care for the American people.’
The American Nurses Association (ANA), represents an estimated 3.6 million nurses across the country. ANA finds it concerning that no non-partisan experts have shared their thoughts on the plan.
‘Any legislation that would fundamentally alter healthcare delivery and deeply impact patients and providers deserves thoughtful, deliberate and transparent consideration.’
‘ANA strongly urges congress to allow opportunity for considered public stakeholder feedback in the face of reforms that would have a far-reaching and personal impact on the lives of millions of people.’
The American Nurses Association is the most prominent organizations of healthcare professionals in the U.S. and has always vocalized their concerns relating to healthcare.
The American Medical Association, along with the American Hospital Association, have also spoken out against the Republican healthcare plan.
President of the American Medial Association, Dr. Andrew Gurman, said:
‘As drafted, the AHCA would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits.’
‘By replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits, the AHCA will also make coverages more expensive — if not out of reach — for poor and sick Americans. For these reasons, the AMA cannot support the AHCA as it is currently written.’
On Wednesday president of the American Nurses Association, Pamela Cipriano, tweeted out a graphic image that says although the AHCA was promised to be better than ObamaCare, it isn’t.
— ANA President (@ANAPresident) March 8, 2017
— Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) March 8, 2017
The ANA wrote to President Donald Trump in December, pleading with him to keep certain provisions in place from Obamacare. According to Forbes, the provisions in question include denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and children being allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.
The American Nurses Association fully supported the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, when it was initially proposed. But when it comes to this Republican remodel, they’re opposed it at every turn.
In the December letter ANA pled with the president, with president Pamela Cipriano saying:
‘An essential benefits package that provides access to comprehensive services including mental health services must be included.’
‘ANA is calling on you and your administration to prioritize the health of the nation, which is foundational to progress and economic growth.’
The GOP’s healthcare plan does not have support of our nations doctors, hospitals, or nurses. This should be a red flag to anyone wondering if the proposed health plan is any good.
Hint: It isn’t.
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