The Iowa Hospital Association is pleased that the American Health Care Act was not pushed through the House on a wave of political pressure. There is far too much at stake – and too many unanswered questions – to force through a bill that would jeopardize health insurance coverage for more than 20 million Americans, including 200,000 Iowans.
Iowa hospitals are urging the state’s congressional delegation to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill designed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and which is expected to be voted on in the House today. It’s estimated that this legislation would cause 24 million Americans to lose insurance coverage. In Iowa, it is estimated that the 200,000 individuals who gained coverage under the ACA would lose their health care coverage.
In some cases the elements of the law that remain are due to political popularity. In others, it’s because the special budget rules Congress is using — so Republicans can avoid a Senate filibuster — do not allow them to repeal the entire law. But there are some major changes in how people would choose and pay for health care and insurance. Here are some of the biggest.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has achieved important progress by insuring more Americans, providing greater access to high-quality health care and bringing greater stability to health care finances, among other improvements. As our federal legislators consider the future of the ACA, Iowa hospitals are asking Congress to abide by the adage: “Do no harm.” Unfortunately, this first attempt fails to uphold that principle.
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The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government, and consumer audiences. It shapes health policy, fosters new forms of health care delivery, gathers data and monitors health care payment systems.