“Now is the time for America’s hospitals and health systems to weigh in” on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). That’s the word from the American Hospital Association (AHA) which has made it clear that it is not supporting the AHCA in its current form and put out a ‘call to action’ on its blog.
The American Health Care Act – a bill that would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health care coverage is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Now is the time for America’s hospitals and health systems to weigh in, so it is urgent for you to tell your legislators that they must not support this bill in its current form. We believe that any changes to health care policy must be guided by ensuring that the greatest number of Americans possible are provided health care coverage. But it’s estimated that 24 million people would lose coverage over the next 10 years if this bill becomes law. More of our most vulnerable citizens – children, the poor and the disabled – would go without the medical care they need.
The AHA also released a video as part of what it is calling, a “digital grassroots campaign.” You can watch the video by clicking here or on the picture below.
This comes as House Republican leadership announced changes to their Obamacare replacement plan yesterday. According to Vox.com:
“The amended bill contains a mix of new policies aimed at winning over the remaining GOP holdouts — in part by mollifying House conservatives who demanded that AHCA go further to dismantle Obamacare; in part by creating a mechanism aimed at preventing premiums from soaring too high for older Americans; and in part by offering specific packages for reticent members, particularly New York state’s delegation.”
A recent Fox News poll showed that 54 percent of registered voters oppose the new plan, while only 34 percent support it. United Press International wrote, “When asked why they oppose the AHCA, 67 percent said it was because the Republican plan makes too many changes to Obamacare, compared to 21 percent who said it does not make enough changes.”
Share your thoughts on the direction the AHCA is headed and the campaign the AHA is leading to demand changes to the plan. And let us know what you think it all means to people living in our state. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!