Republicans aren’t done coming after Obamacare. Despite strong opposition from the public, they are — once again — trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Luckily, they’re already running into some strong roadblocks. The The American Association of Retired Persons and the American Medical Association have both issued strong statements against the latest proposed repeal, as has the American Hospital Association. And they’re not the only organizations to do so — far from it.
The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington. As a nonprofit representing nearly 40 million seniors, they’re a powerful voice when it comes to health-related legislation in the capitol. They didn’t hold back at all, slamming the GOP bill for coming after seniors with an age tax and threatened coverage. You can read their statement below:
‘Older Americans care deeply about access to and affordability of health care. They need and deserve affordable premiums, lower out-of-pocket costs, and coverage they can count on as they age. On behalf of our nearly 38 million members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP is urging the Senate to reject the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson bill because it would do precisely the opposite. Overall, the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson bill would increase health care costs for older Americans with an age tax, decrease coverage, and undermine pre-existing condition protections. In addition, this bill would jeopardize the ability of older Americans and people with disabilities to stay in their own homes as they age and threaten coverage for individuals in nursing homes.
‘Should this bill be brought to the Senate floor for a vote, we strongly urge all Senators to vote NO. As our members expect from the AARP, we will monitor each Senator’s vote should this bill come to the Senate floor and notify older Americans by reporting the vote in our publications, online, through the media, and in direct alerts to our members.’
The American Medical Association, or AMA, which is the largest organization of doctors and medical students in the nation, has issues an alert asking members and visitors to “Act Now — Urge Your Senators To Put Patients Before Politics”:
The AMA released a letter to Senate leaders asking them to reject attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as well as publishing an article on their website which offers a more in-depth explanation:
‘One bill that may be considered, a so-called clean repeal that was vetoed by President Obama in 2015, is the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017. That bill, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated, would result in 32 million more uninsured Americans by 2026, compared with current law. The CBO projects that another bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), would leave 22 million more without insurance in the next decade. In addition to the reducing insurance coverage rates, the legislation would weaken individual markets, make coverage less affordable and sharply cut funding for state Medicaid programs.’
The American Hospital Association, representing 5,000 hospitals across the nation, has also come out against the bill. As reported by Bloomberg:
‘”Coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans under the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” the hospital group said, referring to the bill’s two main sponsors, Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. The AHA said the bill does ‘nothing to stabilize the insurance market now or in the long term.’
And although those are the biggest players against the bill, they’re far from the only health-oriented organizations to do so.
‘In July of this year, the Senate failed to garner the necessary votes in the process of moving forward with legislation to repeal and replace the ACA in a budget reconciliation bill. Rather than continue with an effort to repeal and replace the ACA, ACP urges you to set aside this legislation and instead, focus on bipartisan efforts to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, create competition among insurers, and lower the costs of health care for all Americans.’
A dozen other major health advocacy organizations released a joint statement. Those organizations include:
- March of Dimes
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- American Lung Association
- ALS Association
- Arthritis Foundation
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- National Health Council
- National Organization for Rare Disorders
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
You can read their statement below:
’12 nonpartisan, patient and provider groups representing millions of Americans issued the following statement today ahead of the Senate procedural vote to advance repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):
‘A vote to proceed with this legislation is a vote to end health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the ACA without a replacement would result in 32 million Americans losing health coverage. Additionally, repealing the ACA and replacing it with one of the alternatives proposed by the House or Senate would result in between 22 and 23 million Americans losing vital health coverage.
‘This current path is unacceptable for the millions of Americans we represent. We urge the Senate to vote “no” on this motion, and instead work towards a bipartisan approach that strengthens our health care system and ensures access to affordable and adequate health coverage for all Americans.’
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Children’s Hospital Association have all been reported to be against the proposed bill as well. Here’s more about the bill via Bloomberg News:
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