We have written a number of recent blogs on how Arizona and Arizonans may be affected if the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is repealed with nothing to replace it. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) President and CEO Greg Vigdor joined Arizona House Health Committee chair Representative Heather Carter, Arizona Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Glenn Hamer, and host Ted Simons on the PBS show Arizona Horizon this week to discuss this issue.
You can watch the segment by clicking here or on the picture below.
A recent study claims a straight repeal of the ACA could hit our state’s economy hard.
If Arizona loses all Affordable Care Act funding now funneled to patients, doctors, insurers and hospitals, it would create a nearly $5 billion hole in the state’s economy and cost more than 62,000 jobs next year, according to a new report.
That is the worst-case scenario outlined in a report commissioned by Children’s Action Alliance and completed by the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University. The report projected a slightly smaller dip in job creation and economic impact if federal funding disappears but the state keeps its current funding level for health care or redirects similar spending elsewhere.
Either scenario, however, could create something that Arizona has not experienced as far back as health job statistics reach — a “health-care recession,” according to ASU economist Lee McPheters.
Once you have had a chance to see the Arizona Horizon segment and check out the recent study on the potential affect on Arizona’s economy (or any of our other blogs on this subject), we would love to hear your thoughts. Do you believe a replacement plan has to be ready before the current health law is repealed or do you think it should be repealed regardless. Generating meaningful dialogue around the important health issues making headlines will help us take another step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!