On the heels of the American Hospital Association coming out against the GOP healthcare reform plan, the nation’s largest doctors group has spoken out in opposition to the plan as well, warning that it could cause millions of people to lose coverage.
“As drafted, the AHCA would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits,” America Medical Association President Dr. Andrew Gurman said.
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“By replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits, the AHCA will also make coverage 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.”
From The Hill:
The opposition from the powerful doctors group adds to a range of objections from the healthcare industry to the GOP bill. The American Hospital Association on Tuesday also came out against the legislation.
The AMA also objected that the GOP bill bases its tax credits on someone’s age, not their income, giving less help to low-income people. The group warned of rolling back ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, an area where some GOP lawmakers also have concerns.
In its letter to Congress, the AMA urged lawmakers to make sure safety net programs such as Medicaid are “maintained and adequately funded.”
“And critically, we urge you to do all that is possible to ensure that those who are currently covered do not become uninsured.”