Major Hospitals Group Comes Out Against GOP Health Care Bill

Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen as President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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A major hospital group that represents nearly 5,000 hospitals came out against the Republican Obamacare repeal legislation introduced this week.

Richard Pollack, CEO and president of the American Hospital Association, sent a letter Tuesday to members of Congress raising concerns about the the bill’s overhaul of Medicaid and other proposals included in the legislation, called the The American Health Care Act.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Congress and the Administration on ACA reform, but we cannot support The American Health Care Act in its current form,” Pollack said.

He also warned against moving forward with the bill, which will be marked up Wednesday, before the Congressional Budget Office has returned its score.

“Any ability to evaluate The American Health Care Act, however, is severely hampered by the lack of coverage estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Lacking that level of analysis and needed transparency, we urge that Congress should. wait until an estimate is available before proceeding with formal consideration,” Pollack said.

Republican leaders have indicated that they expect the CBO to return a score later this week. But already, they are catching flack from the GOP’s conservative and moderate wings over the legislation.

Read the full American Hospital Association letter below.

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