Health care will be on the menu when President Donald Trump hosts a lunch for Republican senators at the White House today. ABC News wrote the President “wants one last shot” to persuade GOP senators to find a way to to move forward on the Republicans’ promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
There has also been a lot of talk over the past 24 hours about a ‘repeal-only’ measure. According to Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to move forward with that plan next week.
“McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will hold a procedural vote to repeal ObamaCare “early next week,” but with four Republicans already announcing their opposition, debate on a bill doesn’t seem likely.”
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) President & CEO Greg Vigdor issued a short statement regarding U.S. Senate leadership’s latest bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan. You can watch Mr. Vigdor’s response by clicking on the video or by reading his statement below.
“The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association has been consistent in our position that any repeal of the Affordable Care Act must be accompanied by an immediate replacement plan to ensure predictability for health care providers and continuity of coverage for Arizona families. That is why we are deeply troubled by a renewed push from the Trump administration and some in the U.S. Senate to repeal the federal health care law without readying something to take its place.”
“Make no mistake: this shortsighted tact would immediately and painfully disrupt the healthcare system, potentially unraveling already-fragile insurance markets and panicking 32 million Americans faced with pending loss of coverage. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has previously examined the impacts of a repeal-only option, and found it would double premiums and increases the federal deficit by $137 billion over the next decade.”
“We respectfully ask that Majority Leader McConnell and our elected representatives in Congress reconsider before going down this road. Yes, the Affordable Care Act has real problems. For months we have been calling on Congress to come up with real, responsible solutions that address these shortcomings and improve access, cost and choice in healthcare. This is not the way to do it.”
“We echo the sentiments of Senator McCain, who is calling for Congress to ‘return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation’s governors’ in drafting a health care proposal for the American people. It’s more important to get it done right than to get it done quickly.”
As always, we would love to have you share your thoughts on this issue. Whether you agree or disagree, we believe keeping the lines of communication open will help us do what is best for the people, patients and communities of Arizona. And that, in turn, will help us take another step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!