A trade group representing U.S. hospitals has expressed concerns about the Obamacare replacement bill, saying poor Americans could lose insurance.
The group, American Hospital Association (AHA), which represents 5,000 hospitals and health networks, said that the current provisions would throw doubt for “our most vulnerable.”
After a rough 24 hours, President Trump met lawmakers on Wednesday to rally them behind the bill.
The conservatives are concerned about federal overreach, while moderate Republicans are raising fears that people will be stripped of cover.
The bill, called the American Health Care Act, would replace the signature law of President Barack Obama, so-called Obamacare.
The new bill would:
- Restrict future federal funding for Medicaid that covers people with low income
- Discontinue the obligation that everyone should be insured
- Substitute subsidies with tax credits
The overall plan is expected to cover a lesser number of individuals than covered under Affordable Care Act, but the exact number or cost of the bill will be made public after a week.
Ahead of going through the House and Senate, the bill has gone before two congressional panels.
The first panel, The House Ways and Means Committee moved the bill along party lines on Thursday morning, while The Chamber’s Energy and Commerce committee is still in the process of debating.
What are the hospitals and doctors saying about the bill?
In a letter to Congress, the President of the AHA stated that the ability to assess the Act was “severely hampered” by the absence of a proper estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.
The president of the AHA said in a letter to Congress that the ability to evaluate the bill was “severely hampered” by the absence of a proper estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.
Rick Pollack went on to say that the plans for the Medicaid will result in significant reductions in the program. Medicaid provides services to the most vulnerable population.
The American Medical Association, a larger group of doctors, in a separate letter also urged Congress to reduce insurance for the poor.
A lobbying group for older Americans, The AARP, has also opposed the bill reasoning that the funding for Medicare insurance program would be cut for the elders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan hailed the bill as “monumental, exciting conservative reform” and also labeled it as a “conservative wish list.”
He told reports that this was something “we [Republicans] have been dreaming about doing.”
President Trump has called Obamacare “a disaster” and campaigned on repealing it; in his criticism, he said the bill had suffered rising premiums and lack of a choice.
Democrats, for their part, are opposing the new Trump-backed bill. Here’s a tweet from their account.
“If the hospitals are coming out against the GOP health care proposal, you know it desperately needs revision.”