MHA Media Statement on ACA Repeal & Replace: We'll Continue Working With Elected Officials on a Solution
Posted on September 28, 2017
The following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s decision to table a vote on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The MHA and our member hospitals are greatly relieved that the latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” failed to garner the support necessary to hold a vote. Throughout the debate over healthcare, the MHA has maintained that the ACA is not perfect and there are provisions within the law that we would like to see fixed. However, the Graham-Cassidy bill would have had a devastating effect on our state. Based on early estimates, the bill could have ended up costing our state $140 billion in funding by the time it was fully implemented. In addition, the bill would have eviscerated coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and residents who rely on the Healthy Michigan Plan and other ACA-related health insurance programs.
As we have said over and over during this debate, the MHA has long believed that every American deserves affordable, high-quality healthcare coverage and access to care in the right place at the right time. For that reason, we will continue to work diligently with our elected officials and urge them to take a thoughtful, responsible approach to fixing the ACA, rather than one that may dismantle coverage for many of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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