Health groups band together to highlight concerns with House ObamaCare repeal

Health groups band together to highlight concerns with House ObamaCare repeal
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Eight influential healthcare and consumer advocate groups are partnering to their highlight concerns about the House-passed ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill.

As the Senate works to dismantle ObamaCare, the groups plan to host events in four states — Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and West Virginia — aimed at showcasing the need for affordable and adequate healthcare. The first event will take place on Thursday in Cleveland.

Those joining forces include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, the March of Dimes, American Medical Association and AARP.

The groups plan to highlight four main items of the American Health Care Act that they see as falling short: healthcare affordability, access to care, protection for people on Medicaid and protections for those who receive their health coverage through an employer.

“Improving the health of our nation means increasing access to high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage, which is why the reduction of coverage in the American Health Care Act is of grave concern,” American Medical Association President-elect David O. Barbe said in a news release.

Many of the groups have been vocal in their opposition to the House-passed bill and have been lobbying the Senate for changes. The Senate is working to repeal and replace ObamaCare but has said its bill will be different from the House version.

In order to pass, Senate Republicans need to write a bill that can only lose two members, since the GOP has a 52-seat majority. Republicans are using a fast-track budget maneuver to gut ObamaCare that only needs a simple majority to get through the chamber.