My friend Mike Anthony who was a Hospital Administrator submitted this:
I’m sharing with you the Greater New York Hospital Association‘s response to the House passed AHCA. Ken Raske has been in charge of GNYHA for many years and knows his stuff:
House Passes AHCA
On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in a mostly party line vote of 217-213. In response, GNYHA President Kenneth E. Raske issued this statement:
“217 House members voted for the AHCA today with the full knowledge that they were voting to strip health insurance from tens of millions of Americans and wreck many state budgets. The Congressional Budget Office previously estimated that the AHCA would cut Federal Medicaid spending by nearly $840 billion. With health care representing one-fifth of the US economy, do they think this cut won’t harm the overall economy?”
“Hospitals and health systems are the largest employers in community after community across the United States. What will those who voted for the AHCA say to their constituents when the AHCA causes health care jobs in their districts to disappear?”
“The worst health care bill in American history now goes to the Senate. The hospital community will continue to aggressively oppose it for the sake of our patients and employees.”
GNYHA will continue its vigilant opposition as the bill goes to the Senate for consideration.
Message to Rep. Lee Zeldin: this is not good for the hospitals in CD-1, not good for jobs, not good for your elderly constituents or for those that are ill and have chronic diseases. This vote should come back to bite you and you will have only yourself to blame.
David Posnett MD