The country’s leading doctors group is urging Republicans to take steps to ensure that people do not lose their health insurance once ObamaCare is repealed.
The American Medical Association (AMA), wrote a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday calling for the gains in coverage from ObamaCare, which has expanded insurance to 20 million people, to be preserved.
“In considering opportunities to make coverage more affordable and accessible to all Americans, it is essential that gains in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage be maintained,” AMA CEO Dr. James Madara wrote leaders in both parties.
“Consistent with this core principle, we believe that before any action is taken through reconciliation or other means that would potentially alter coverage, policymakers should lay out for the American people, in reasonable detail, what will replace current policies,” Madara continued.
“Patients and other stakeholders should be able to clearly compare current policy to new proposals so they can make informed decisions about whether it represents a step forward in the ongoing process of health reform.”
The AMA’s position is at odds with Republicans’ current plan. The GOP is moving forward this month with plans to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement, but delay repeal going into effect for a few years to buy time for drafting an alternative.
The American Hospital Association, meanwhile, warned in a report last month of an “unprecedented public health crisis” from people losing coverage under ObamaCare repeal.
The AMA added that ObamaCare is “imperfect” and said it would favor policies if they increased coverage, choices and affordability.