The American Nurses Association (ANA), which represents 3.6 million nurses nationwide, is not a big fan of Trumpcare.
In a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, the ANA blasted the Republicans’ healthcare proposal meant to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for its failure to cover as many Americans as Obamacare, and levying higher costs on lower income individuals.
“In its current form, the bill changes Medicaid to a per capita cap funding model, eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restricts millions of women from access to critical health services, and repeals income based subsidies that millions of people rely on,” the letter read in describing its opposition to the American Health Care Act. “These changes in no way will improve care for the American people.”
The ANA also took issue with Republicans failing to consult with independent, non-partisan agencies to properly evaluate the bill’s costs and effects on taxpayers and the federal budget, like the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee.
“Any legislation that would fundamentally alter health-care delivery and deeply impact patients and providers deserves thoughtful, deliberate and transparent consideration,” the ANA stated.
In addition to the ANA, the American Medical Association also sharply criticized the bill, primarily for repealing Obamacare’s expansion of state Medicaid programs that provide healthcare coverage to 11 million people. Together, the two organizations represent a significant bulk of healthcare workers, providers, hospitals, and medical students.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.