AAFP Deplores House Vote on AHCA Bill Threatens Health Security of Millions, Destabilizes Individual Market
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
American Academy of Family Physicians
“The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply disappointed with the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the American Health Care Act. This legislation will harm millions of their constituents. It will destabilize our health care system, cause 24 million Americans to lose their coverage, and allow for discrimination against patients based on their gender, age, and health status. Its inadequate and temporary high-risk pool funds are simply a band aid that does nothing to provide health security to the nearly one in three Americans who have a pre-existing condition. Its provision allowing annual and lifetime caps on benefits diminishes the value of every policy sold in the future.
“We will continue to work with the U.S. Senate to develop policies that guarantee affordable care and coverage, that stabilize the individual insurance market, and that ensure health security for all Americans regardless of their age, gender, or current or past health history.”
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