FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—Senate leaders again have put forward an entirely unacceptable bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Their revised Better Care Reconciliation Act leaves untouched the most destructive provisions of the original bill: those that would gut the Medicaid program and strip affordable coverage from millions of low-income working Americans and others who face financial hardships.
Making a bad bill worse, the Senate added measures that would destabilize the private market by creating a two-tiered system that funnels the sick and others most in need of affordable coverage into the highest-cost plans.
The bill’s attempts to placate critics represent nothing more than token efforts. The additional dollars to combat the nation’s opioid crisis fall far short of replacing the treatment funds lost through the bill’s deep Medicaid cuts. Likewise, added spending to help low-income people pales in comparison to the hundreds of billions of dollars this bill would drain from Medicaid by ending expansion and imposing spending caps.
The Senate must stop and accept that this deeply unpopular bill is bad for patients, bad for hospitals, and bad for the country. We urge lawmakers to reach across the aisle and work with all stakeholders for solutions that ensure everyone can afford high-quality care.
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