FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling this evening is a profoundly troubling development that threatens to leave millions of Americans — including many with pre-existing conditions — little hope for affordable health care coverage and financial stability.
Through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace and Medicaid expansion, the nation has made significant gains in reducing the ranks of the uninsured. Those gains have translated to better health and productivity for hard-working people who once could not afford the high cost of coverage. We must not return to a time when the emergency department was their only option for care.
The nation’s essential hospitals always will work to meet their mission of caring for those who face economic and social hardships. But the crushing rise in the number of uninsured patients likely to follow this decision, absent a higher court’s reversal, would push these hospitals to the breaking point. Communities across the country are in jeopardy.
We stand with those who support access to affordable health care coverage, and we will work to protect the vulnerable patients and underserved communities at risk because of tonight’s decision.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 320 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.