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HAP President and CEO: Lawmakers Should Start Fresh on Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate today voted in favor of a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This action will be followed by 20 legislative hours of debate and amendment consideration, and then a final vote on the resulting plan.

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“The Senate has voted to open debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The policy options under consideration will lead to the loss of coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians—if not hundreds of thousands—and could also remove key consumer protections and strip vital funds from the Medicaid program. This is simply unacceptable.

“We urge Senators to remember that this is more than just a procedural vote:  The lives of real people will be impacted.

“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but we cannot deny that it helped more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians gain access to health care coverage and improve the health of citizens across the commonwealth. We cannot threaten these coverage gains and put families at risk of being one health care crisis away from bankruptcy.

“We urge the Senate to turn to a repair strategy that stabilizes the individual market. It is time for lawmakers to start fresh and work in a bipartisan fashion to fix the Affordable Care Act’s flaws and work to strengthen access to affordable, reliable health care coverage for the families who depend on it." 

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