New Look Health Care Bill

shutterstock_439740910New and improved? Better this time around? The newest ‘revised’ version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is out and several major healthcare organizations believe that the amended bill may be worse than the original.

From FierceHealthcare.com:

If they didn’t like a previous Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading groups that represent doctors, nurses and hospitals say a revised GOP health bill is “even worse.”

Leaders of those groups are urging Congress not to pass a revised bill that represents the second attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace the ACA. “The amendment proposed this week would dramatically worsen the bill,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, in a statement.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is not alone. The American Medical Association (AMA), America’s Essential Hospitals, the Children’s Hospital Association, and AARP  – all voiced concerns about the bill. Click on the links above to view what each organization said about the amended AHCA.

CNN wrote:

AARP slammed the amendment, saying it would put in place “backdoor cuts” to the protections and would create an “age tax.”

“This harmful legislation still puts an Age Tax on older Americans and puts vulnerable populations at risk through a series of backdoor deals that attempts to shift responsibility to states,” the influential lobbying group said in a statement Wednesday. “Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions. This legislation still goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.”

The Washington Examiner added that the bill was “amended to allow states to apply for waivers that would allow them to opt out of certain Obamacare protections if they demonstrate that they would reduce premiums but not reduce coverage. While supporters say the provisions would help reduce costs, opponents say they would gut important Obamacare protections for consumers that would allow insurers to make coverage out of reach for people with pre-existing conditions.”

It is still unclear whether the House will attempt to vote on the health bill in the coming days. Bloomberg.com quoted Representative Bill Flores, a Texas Republican, as saying “Could be as soon as tomorrow or as late as never.” And if you are wondering whether Republicans are close to the votes needed to push the legislation through the House – The National Review added,

“It remains unclear, though, how moderates will come down on this new amendment. Though the Tuesday Group co-chair was essential in crafting this compromise, some moderate members of the House have expressed concerns that limited waivers allow states to take steps that will lead to a greater number of uninsured people or cause those insured under Obamacare to lose coverage.”

Share your thoughts on the amended version of the AHCA and let us know what you believe the bill would mean for the people of Arizona. Generating meaningful conversations around the important health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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