The latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is out and many key health care groups don’t like the final score. The American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), AARP, and the Association of American Medical Colleges are just a few of the many health organizations voicing major concerns.
Health care groups that represent doctors and patients are warning members of Congress that the House Republicans’ plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would hurt people who need insurance most.
The groups are responding to the latest assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that the proposed American Health Care Act would leave 23 million more people without health insurance than under current law and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.
The AHA released a short statement following the release of the CBO scorecard. In it, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack sad, “The latest CBO estimates on the impact of the American Health Care Act only reinforce our deep concerns about the importance of maintaining coverage for those vulnerable patients who need it….We cannot support legislation that the CBO clearly indicates would jeopardize that coverage for millions of Americans.”
AARP wrote that many of those who could be vulnerable to losing coverage would be the elderly. Below is an excerpt from the organization’s response to the CBO analysis.
People age 50 to 64 would be hit particularly hard, especially those with lower incomes.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), premiums for a 64-year-old earning $26,500 a year would increase by a whopping $14,400 in 2026. In addition, people with preexisting conditions may not even be able to purchase health insurance because the prices would be prohibitively high.
ModernHealthcare.com pointed out a major concern for hospitals, not only in Arizona, but across the country with its online headline which read – “Hospitals worry about the 23 million who would lose coverage under AHCA.”
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) President & CEO Greg Vigdor has repeatedly said that as tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Arizonans lose their coverage, their access point for health care becomes hospital emergency rooms.
“ER’s are not the right place for people to get their health optimized,” Vigdor said, “and it will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in uncompensated care at hospitals which will have to be paid by someone….most likely the business community and if not, we’ll see a loss of hospital services or even closures.”
AzHHA will continue to work with Arizona’s congressional delegation and continue to fight to make sure that any changes to the current health law will benefit the people, patients and communities of our state. Whether you agree or disagree, we believe it is profoundly important to continue to drive meaningful dialogue around major health issues such as the CBO’s analysis of the AHCA legislation. Leading those conversations is critical to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!