The blame game. We saw and heard a lot of this weekend. Fingers pointed at who, what, or why the American Health Care Act failed to receive the support it needed and was pulled from consideration late Friday.
While some may see it as a victory, many people in Arizona believe the fight to find a new approach to health care must go on. From Cronkite News in Phoenix:
Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, who was on record opposing the GOP bill, said it is his “sincere hope” that lawmakers will use the pause as an opportunity for constructive collaboration to devise a better health care plan.
“We do need to address the issues that are within the ACA that are not correct,” O’Halleran said. “I don’t care what they call it when it’s done, but we do need to address these issues.”
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, who had voiced her support for the American Health Care Act after extracting concessions from Republican leaders on tax credits for the elderly and other issues, said that Obamacare “is still failing families in Arizona, and so the mission has not changed.”
“Whatever the legislative vehicle going forward, I will continue to strive towards better healthcare for my constituents,” McSally said in a statement released by her office.
While the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) voiced its opposition to the bill, President & CEO Greg Vigdor did not celebrate its defeat. Mr. Vigdor explains why in a short video that you can watch by clicking here or on the picture below.
As for what’s next…..it’s hard to say. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.” According to Politico.com, “White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s administration would seek support from moderate Democrats going forward in the ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, and I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well,” Priebus told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Meanwhile, AzHHA will continue to work with Arizona’s congressional delegation to make sure any changes to the health care law benefit the people, patients and communities of our state. Share your thoughts on what we can do moving forward to drive real change in health care that will will make a real difference in the lives of Arizonans. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues that affect our state is critical to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!