Doctors for America Chair, Dr. Mona Mangat, today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office score on the American Health Care Act showing that 24 million people will become uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law:
“The Congressional Budget Office analysis shows that the American Health Care Act has its priorities completely backward.
“In medicine, we triage. That means we strive to make sure that those who need help the most get it first. The American Health Care Act does the opposite. Far too many of the 24 million people who will become uninsured are the sick, the poor, and seniors.
“Those who will suffer the most are low-income people near retirement -- a population that particularly needs health care but will see dramatic cost increases. Not only will premiums go up for people who need it most, but out of pocket costs will also rise.
“As doctors taking care of patients in all 50 states and every congressional district, we are all too familiar with how disruptive and stressful it is for families not to have health coverage when they need it. This bill would prevent people from getting the treatment they need so they have the freedom to live their lives.
“Why would any member of Congress vote for a bill that would prevent their constituents from getting health care? We need a stronger health care system that is more affordable for those who need it most. This bill badly misses the mark and will hurt millions of people in the process. We call upon every member of Congress to look carefully at what this bill would mean for people in their states and districts and reject it.”
Doctors for America is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization of thousands of doctors and medical students in all 50 states who are working together to put patients over politics on the most pressing health issues of the day. We are striving for everyone to have access to equitable, high-quality, affordable health care and the opportunity to pursue a healthy life.
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