The American Medical Association on Wednesday announced that it opposes the new House Republican plan for replacing Obamacare, claiming it would deprive millions of Americans of coverage and benefits.
The AMA’s opposition comes one day after the American Hospital Association announced it was against the new plan unveiled by House Republicans on Monday.
It also comes as President Donald Trump met Tuesday with House Republicans to keep up the momentum for repealing and replacing Obamacare in the face of opposition that has emerged since the plan was made public.
“The president said very clearly . . . this is the bill he wants on his desk, and he wants to get this done quickly,” said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C.
“The president is paying attention to what people are saying and doing, where they’re saying it and doing it. He is highly aware and has a highly attuned ear to what is happening in the press and has a real understanding of the challenges in order to get this bill on his desk,” he said.
The bill has drawn opposition from congressional Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul, who was cited by Trump in a recent tweet.
Now That He’s Found It, Rand Paul Really Doesn’t Like GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill https://t.co/AWaidlRR67
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 7, 2017
“I feel sure that my friend Rand Paul will come along with the new and great heath care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!” Trump wrote Tuesday evening.
I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
However, in addition to questions from Republicans as well as the expected opposition of Democrats, the healthcare industry has weighed in with its opposition to the American Health Care Act.
“As drafted, the AHCA would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits,” said Dr. Andrew Gurman, president of the AMA.
“By replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits, the AHCA will also make coverage more expensive — if not out of reach — for poor and sick Americans. For these reasons, the AMA cannot support the AHCA as it is currently written.”
The AMA also opposes the bill’s proposal to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.
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