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6 Top Medical Groups Oppose Obamacare Repeal Bill

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By    |   Saturday, 23 September 2017 09:29 PM

Six of the nation's largest medical associations Saturday called on the Senate to reject the latest Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, saying that "health care is too important to get wrong."

"While we sometimes disagree on important issues in health care, we are in total agreement that Americans deserve a stable healthcare market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all," the groups said in a statement.

"The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill does not move us closer to that goal," they added. "The Senate should reject it."

The statement was released by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

The legislation was introduced by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Other sponsors include Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

On Friday, Arizona Sen. John McCain came out against the proposal — joining Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in opposition.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has said that she was leaning against Graham-Cassidy, according to local news reports.

With a slim 52-49 majority, Senate Republicans cannot afford to lose more than two votes on the bill before a Sept. 30 procedural deadline that establishes a 60-vote threshold thereafter.

In July, McCain cast the vote that killed a GOP effort to repeal basic elements of the Affordable Care Act.

The associations attacked the legislation's timetables and its drastic cuts to Medicaid funding. They also called for a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform.

"The bill's current implementation timelines are not workable," the organizations contended. "State and industry leaders will need to completely transform their individual insurance markets and Medicaid programs in little more than a year — an impossible task.

"Health care is too important to get wrong," they said. "Let's take the time to get it right.

"Let's agree to find real, bipartisan solutions that make healthcare work for every American."

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Six of the nation's largest medical associations Saturday called on the Senate to reject the latest Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, saying that "health care is too important to get wrong."
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