GOP over­looks ACA’s ef­forts to curb costs, im­prove qual­ity

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

The Repub­li­can House and Se­nate have moved for­ward again to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act, which has been a thorn in their side for years. How­ever, Speaker Paul Ryan uses only pla­cat­ing words when he states that a bet­ter plan will be pre­sented.

It has been more than five years since th­ese state­ments were first of­fered, but the Repub­li­cans have done lit­tle to im­prove health­care ac­cess to mil­lions in this coun­try. They have not shown any un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent move­ment in health­care to lower costs, im­prove ac­cess and to im­prove qual­ity while fo­cus­ing on the most im­por­tant el­e­ment of health­care—the pa­tient, or in broader terms, the health­care con­sumer. Many of the ef­forts un­der the ACA are now fo­cused on how to im­prove the qual­ity of health­care through ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions and sim­i­lar ef­forts.

Thomas Tiffany, Ph.D Spokane, Wash.

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