Doctors for America Chair Dr. Mona Mangat today issued the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act, the House Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
“The House Republican bill would make it harder for millions of people to afford health coverage. The bill would mean up to 15 million people could lose their coverage. Many who retain coverage would have weaker protections, higher costs, and worse coverage. It would rollback the Medicaid expansion and cap federal Medicaid funding, virtually ensuring the patients that need it most would have reduced access to lifesaving coverage and benefits. The bill would put preventive care at risk by eliminating both the Public Health and Prevention Fund and federal funding for services provided by Planned Parenthood health centers, which remain a lifeline to cancer screenings and preventive care for women across the country. And, this bill would hurt seniors and people who are sick the most, which is unacceptable.
“Doctors across the country are taking care of millions of patients with diabetes, addiction, heart disease, and cancer who cannot afford to have their care disrupted. We want our patients and communities to be able to get the health care they need. Any bill must move toward making equitable, affordable, high-quality health care a basic right for everyone - no matter what your age, income, or health status. The House plan falls far short of this goal and puts the coverage of millions of patients at risk.
“Just as we gather basic information and scientific data to best serve our patients, we demand that Congress waits for a score by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and hold public hearings to hear from patients and health care professionals about our concerns.
“We are very worried about the impact of this bill on our patients and urge Congress to halt this hasty move to pass a bill that will hurt the American people.”
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