By Amy Turner.
Shame on Lee Zeldin!
We’re angry that Rep. Lee Zeldin voted for a healthcare bill that is condemned by local and national health practitioners and will hurt our families. Rep. Zeldin has continued to lie about the contents of the bill and its negative impact on us, his constituents, dismissing our objections and refusing to listen to the medical community.
American Medical Association
The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance, and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question.
American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply disappointed with the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the American Health Care Act. This legislation will harm millions of their constituents. It will destabilize our health care system, cause 24 million Americans to lose their coverage, and allow for discrimination against patients based on their gender, age, and health status.
American Osteopathic Association
Our organizations, which represent over 560,000 physicians and medical students, are deeply disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act, an inherently flawed bill that would do great harm to our patients.
American College of Physicians
This vote makes coverage unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions, allows insurers to opt-out of covering essential benefits like cancer screening, mental health, and maternity care, and cuts and caps the federal contribution to Medicaid while sunsetting Medicaid expansion. As a result, an estimated 24 million Americans will lose their coverage, and many more will be at risk of paying higher premiums and deductibles.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The rate of children’s health coverage in our country is at a historic high of 95 percent; the AHCA would not only halt this progress, it would tear it down.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the nation’s largest professional organization for women’s health care physicians, denounces U.S. House passage of the American Health Care Act. This legislation turns back the clock on women’s health, and will threaten the health and well-being of America’s women.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association and its affiliated APA Practice Organization have called on Congress to reject the amended American Health Care Act, noting that it would allow states to waive essential health benefits, such as mental and behavioral health care and substance use treatment, and charge unfair premiums for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health care. In addition, the bill now puts at risk the 25 million older adults with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.
American Diabetes Association
The most alarming last minute changes to the bill will allow states to waive the requirement for essential health benefits and health status rating. Weakening these rules will give insurers the ability to charge people with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, higher prices. It will also allow insurers to deny people with diabetes coverage for the care and services they need to treat their disease.
American Lung Association
The American Health Care Act will harm patients with lung disease and lung cancer. The American Lung Association calls on the Senate to reject the American Health Care Act. Quality and affordable healthcare with key patient protections is necessary for the health and safety of the more than 32 million Americans living with lung disease.
American Heart Association
This bill…seriously erodes ACA protections, including for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease….Without a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it is unclear how many people will lose their health insurance coverage under this bill or be forced to pay more for the same or less adequate care. However, if the CBO analysis of the last proposal is any indication, coverage for millions of Americans will be in jeopardy.
AHCA does not provide adequate protection for people with pre-existing conditions and will result in loss of coverage for millions of Americans. It allows insurers to charge expensive and prohibitive premiums, and does not require insurers to cover some services, like prescription drugs. Ultimately, AHCA will require patients to pay more while getting less.