From the front­lines of the bat­tle over health­care re­form

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“For the hos­pi­tals that pro­tect mil­lions of Amer­i­cans and their com­mu­ni­ties—our es­sen­tial

hos­pi­tals— this bill might even ac­cel­er­ate de­ci­sions by some to re­duce ser­vices or close their doors.” Dr. Bruce Siegel Pres­i­dent and CEO, Amer­ica’s Es­sen­tial Hos­pi­tals

“The draft elim­i­nates other taxes that would raise the cost of cov­er­age and the health ac­count pro­vi­sions would make it eas­ier for peo­ple to pay their out-of-pocket health­care ex­penses.” Steve Wo­j­cik Vice pres­i­dent of pub­lic pol­icy Na­tional Busi­ness Group on Health

“Med­i­caid cuts of this mag­ni­tude

are un­sus­tain­able and will increase costs to in­di­vid­u­als with pri­vate in­sur­ance.” Rick Pol­lack Pres­i­dent and CEO, Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion

“Un­der the pro­posed Se­nate bill, both for-profit and not-for-profit hos­pi­tals would face weaker de­mand for ser­vices and higher rates of

un­com­pen­sated care ex­pense, with the most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the sec­tor oc­cur­ring af­ter 2020 when the changes to fed­eral Med­i­caid fund­ing are phased in.” Daniel Stein­gart Vice pres­i­dent, Moody’s In­vestors Ser­vice

“As Congress has dis­cussed re­peal­ing and re­plac­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act, the AAMC has held stead­fast that

any re­place­ment bill should at least main­tain cur­rent lev­els of health

cov­er­age, not weaken Med­i­caid, and be the re­sult of a de­lib­er­ate and trans­par­ent process. The bill that came out of the Se­nate to­day meets none of those prin­ci­ples.” Dr. Dar­rell Kirch CEO, As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges

“The Se­nate bill, un­veiled to­day, is not a

health­care bill. It’s a mas­sive trans­fer of wealth from mid­dle-class and poor fam­i­lies to the rich­est peo­ple in Amer­ica.” For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama

“We know that Oba­macare is dan­ger­ously

close to col­lapse as mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are left with fewer and fewer op­tions for health in­sur­ance and urge se­na­tors to move for­ward and ul­ti­mately pass this leg­is­la­tion with­out de­lay.” Thomas J. Dono­hue Pres­i­dent and CEO, U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce

“I am very sup­port­ive of the Se­nate #Health­careBill. Look for­ward to mak­ing it re­ally spe­cial! Re­mem­ber, Oba­maCare is dead.” Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump

“The Se­nate’s health­care bill lays out a path to fully re­peal the 40% Cadil­lac ex­cise tax on em­ployer-spon­sored health in­sur­ance. … Full and fi­nal re­peal of the Cadil­lac tax is es­sen­tial to en­sur­ing a healthy fu­ture for the em­ployer-spon­sored health in­sur­ance sys­tem.” James Gelfand Se­nior vice pres­i­dent of health pol­icy ERISA In­dus­try Com­mit­tee

“I con­tinue to have real con­cerns about the Med­i­caid poli­cies in this bill, es­pe­cially those that im­pact drug treat­ment at a time when Ohio is fac­ing an opi­oid epi­demic.” Sen. Rob Port­man (R- Ohio )

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