FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—We’re disappointed the Senate continues to pursue deeply unpopular and damaging plans to dismantle health care for millions of Americans.
The Senate agreed today to open debate on alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, but all their plans to date would have the same terrible result: at least 22 million more uninsured people, devastating cuts to Medicaid, and higher costs for patients and taxpayers.
The Senate’s best attempts to soften this blow have barely moved the needle on coverage losses, and no option yet would ease the massive Medicaid cuts in the original House and Senate plans. Those cuts would destroy access to care in communities across the country, put public health at risk, and jeopardize the health and financial security of millions of working people and families.
We strongly oppose all plans so far to replace the Affordable Care Act and have no confidence lawmakers can overcome the flaws in these proposals. We urge senators to halt further consideration of repeal legislation and work in a bipartisan way with hospitals and other stakeholders on reform.
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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 more than 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.