Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society Stands Behind the Affordable Care Act

Massachusetts Medical Society Stands Behind the Affordable Care Act

James S. Gessner, MD, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, released the following statement:

“The Massachusetts Medical Society thanks the members of the Massachusetts House delegation for their leadership in opposing the American Health Care Act. Without question, this bill would have been harmful to our patients – including the most vulnerable – and to our members’ ability to provide them quality care.

“In Massachusetts and elsewhere, this legislation would have deprived members of our community of the subsidies that make health insurance affordable; would have ended the Medicaid expansion that has helped so many; would have overturned mandatory coverage of essential health benefits; and would have resulted in children, seniors, pregnant women and other underserved patients losing access to essential health care services.

“Now, we ask Congress to allow the Affordable Care Act to continue to provide health coverage to more than 20 million Americans, including record numbers of covered patients in Massachusetts.

“On behalf our patients and physician members, we thank our Congressional delegation for their support.”

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