House GOP’s ACA re­place­ment plan shouldn’t have come as a sur­prise

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the on­go­ing cov­er­age of the Repub­li­cans’ ef­forts to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act (“24 mil­lion would lose cov­er­age un­der GOP’s Oba­macare re­peal plan,” ModernHealth­care. com, March 13), a large por­tion of the health­care in­dus­try—in­clud­ing not­for-profit hos­pi­tals, physi­cians, hospi­tal cor­po­ra­tions and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal/med­i­cal sup­ply com­pa­nies—is very wor­ried about the House re­place­ment pro­posal, the Amer­i­can Health Care Act, in­tro­duced ear­lier this month.

I don’t blame them. Since last year, I have been writ­ing op-eds ex­plain­ing how the Paul Ryan-Tom Price health re­form pro­pos­als would be a dis­as­ter for Amer­ica. The AHCA clearly is the lat­est in­car­na­tion of those ideas.

I have a lot of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing been a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of sev­eral health­care com­pa­nies over sev­eral decades and di­rec­tor of health plan­ning for the state of Ge­or­gia. But I do not con­sider my­self to be uniquely qual­i­fied to ex­am­ine health­care re­form is­sues. Oth­ers are well aware of the neg­a­tives of move­ment away from the ACA, as well as the down­side of gut­ting tra­di­tional Med­i­caid and med­dling with Medi­care.

Where were the lob­by­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions for the above groups, out to lunch? Why did the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers de­cide to sup­port the Price nom­i­na­tion for HHS sec­re­tary?

Had they ever read his House bills, which par­al­lel the AHCA?

The bot­tom line is that they were ei­ther com­pletely naive or scared to death of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and frozen in place. My bet is the lat­ter. I just hope that their lob­by­ing is not com­ing too late. Jack Bernard Peachtree City, Ga.

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