Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director March 13, 2017 at 10:59 PM
“Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis of the anticipated impact should the American Health Care Act (AHCA) be enacted. In short, it is a disaster for patients, communities, and our nation.
The CBO estimates that 14 million Americans would lose insurance in the first year after passage of the AHCA, with a peak of 24 million more uninsured within ten years. Support for Americans purchasing health insurance would plummet, leaving many unable to afford coverage. Older Americans would be especially hard hit by soaring costs and inadequate financial support. Low income Americans will be devastated by the roll back of Medicaid, a program which helps provide care to children, seniors, the disabled and the poor. Meanwhile, the wealthiest Americans and health insurance company CEOs will benefit from enormous tax cuts.
This is not the improved healthcare system President Trump and Health Human Services Secretary Tom Price promised, in which all Americans would be covered, where costs would be decreased, and where the vulnerable in our nation would be protected. The AHCA will instead wreak havoc on the system, and harm millions, to benefit a privileged few.
The National Physicians Alliance stands on behalf of our patients and our communities, and in solidarity with other physician organizations, in opposition to the AHCA. We stand for Secure Healthcare For ALL Americans, and this regressive proposal is counter to our beliefs and obligations as physicians.”
Statement attributable to:
Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP
President, National Physicians Alliance
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