FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—House Republican leaders are putting the health of millions of Americans at greater risk with each change they make to placate party holdouts and pass the American Health Care Act.
Their latest concession—eliminating commonsense requirements that private plans provide a minimum package of essential benefits—would make this damaging bill even worse. It could leave countless people with too little coverage to meet their health care needs and drive higher rates of uncompensated care at hospitals already struggling to cover their costs.
Americans deserve better than a future where they could be denied basic health care services. House lawmakers must reject this bill and work with hospitals and other stakeholders on reform measures that ensure access to comprehensive, affordable coverage for all who have it now.
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