FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today confirmed what we expected: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would be as damaging to the country as its deeply unpopular House counterpart, the American Health Care Act.
The Senate bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured than under current law, including 15 million Americans who depend on the security Medicaid provides: working people, the disabled, poor elderly, children, and others.
Not only would this legislation put health and home at risk for millions, it would threaten the hospitals on which communities depend for trauma care, disaster response, and other lifesaving services. These essential hospitals, which already operate on thin margins, would buckle under the bill’s $772 billion in Medicaid cuts. Many would reduce services or workforce, while others would close.
Congress can no longer ignore the threat to patients, providers, and the nation that the nonpartisan CBO predicts in its House and Senate scores. Lawmakers must step back from these destructive proposals and work with all stakeholders to ensure those who have coverage can keep it and the hospitals that protect our communities can continue meeting that mission.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our nearly 300 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.