Massachusetts Medical Society Statement Opposing the American Health Care Act

Henry L. Dorkin, MD, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, released the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act:

“The Massachusetts Medical Society continues to strongly oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today. None of the modifications made to the original legislation has mitigated the grievous harm that this bill would inflict on our patients – including the most vulnerable. In fact, when it comes to affordable, reliable health care coverage, the current version of the AHCA is actually worse than the original.

“The AHCA would lead to millions of Americans losing the coverage on which they depend, and it would result in insurance coverage for millions of others that is costly and unreliable. Insurance coverage is not meaningful if patients cannot access the care they need.

“Affordable coverage of patients with pre-existing conditions is essential for their lives and well-being – and for the sustainability of America’s health care system. The AHCA would skyrocket the costs of insurance for the millions of Americans who live with pre-existing conditions, and history has shown that high-risk pools are not an effective solution.

“We continue to support the Affordable Care Act, which has extended health coverage to more than 20 million Americans and helped Massachusetts to reach record levels of reliable health insurance coverage.

“On behalf our patients and physician members, we thank our delegation in the House of Representatives for speaking forcefully against this harmful bill, and we will continue to work in opposition to the American Health Care Act as it moves to the Senate.”

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