Why you should care about Obamacare: Health care organizations and the politics of the ACA
Health care advocates and some GOP lawmakers are pushing back on claims that the Affordable Care Act is being attacked by a group of health care providers.
The groups include the National Health Service Corps and the American Hospital Association, and their arguments are being presented at a time when the Trump administration is trying to roll back the law’s expansion of Medicaid, a key source of federal funds for low-income Americans.
In their letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the three groups argued that the law is not in danger of being overturned.
“It is clear that the Republican Party and the president have taken a hard line against the Affordable Health Care Act, and are attempting to roll it back at all costs,” they wrote.
The health care groups have not yet responded to a request for comment.
In a tweet late Tuesday, a spokesman for the AHCA, Rep. Kevin Brady (R, Texas), said, “There is no question about it: The ACA is in great shape.
There are many provisions of it in place that have not been touched.
That said, the ACA has been repeatedly attacked, and we will continue to fight for every last bit of the law.”
On Wednesday, the president released an executive order that would reverse the health care law’s Medicaid expansion, a move that could cause problems for the states that expanded the program under the law.
The order would also undo the individual mandate requiring Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
The Trump administration’s decision could have consequences for the health insurance markets.
If the White House decides to repeal the mandate, states could have to cut back on the amount of people they offer insurance to, which could be disruptive for the private insurance market and for those who buy insurance on their own.
The House is expected to vote on the AHC repeal later this month.