Hospitals Group: ‘Tens Of Millions’ Could Lose Coverage Due To ACA Repeal

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The American Hospital Association on Tuesday said it opposed the latest Republican proposal to repeal Obamacare, and predicted that “tens of millions of Americans” will be at risk of losing coverage under the proposed legislation.

“This proposal would erode key protections for patients and consumers and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market now or in the long term,” Rick Pollack, the organization’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “In addition, the block grant to provide support for the expansion population expires in 2026, thereby eliminating coverage for millions of Americans.”

“For these reasons, we oppose the Graham-Cassidy plan,” Pollack said. “We continue to urge senators to work in a bipartisan manner to address the challenges facing our health care system.”

The repeal bill introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is Republicans’ last best shot to dismantle Obamacare in the current Congress.