Posted on May 04, 2017
The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO, at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that could have serious ramifications for Michigan residents, our communities and our hospitals and healthcare networks. As the association representing hospitals and health systems throughout the state, we know that there are flaws in the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” However, the fact that nearly 1 million Michiganders now have healthcare coverage under the law cannot be ignored. The Michigan Health & Hospital Association has long believed in healthcare for all, paid for by all. In other words, we believe every American deserves affordable, high-quality healthcare coverage and access to care in the right place at the right time. Based on these principles, we remain opposed to the AHCA.
Needless to say, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association is disappointed with today’s vote; we need our elected officials to protect the coverage currently available through expansion efforts, such as the Healthy Michigan Plan, for every Michigan resident who relies on it for their care and well-being. We will continue to work diligently with our lawmakers and urge them to take a thoughtful, responsible approach to fixing the Affordable Care Act, rather than one that may dismantle coverage for many of our most vulnerable friends, family and neighbors.
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