AAFP to Congress: Time to Work on Bipartisan Health Care Legislation

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

"The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that the U.S. Senate has determined that they will not proceed with efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We applaud those Senators who rejected this proposal and stood up for health care coverage for people in their state. With today’s withdrawal of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, we call on Congress to return to bipartisan negotiations aimed at amending and improving current law, not repealing it.

“We urge the Senate to focus on improving current law in ways that expand access to affordable coverage, reconnect patients back to primary care, stabilize insurance markets, and begin to lower health care costs. There are bipartisan solutions to challenges we face, and the AAFP stands ready to partner with the House and Senate to identify, develop and implement those solutions.

“We cannot and will not support any legislation that results in loss of coverage, removes protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and threatens the affordability and accessibility of health care for those who rely on Medicare and Medicaid, but we will continue our outreach to Congress and advocate for meaningful improvements to the law that will positively impact America’s health.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6052, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

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