As opposition to the recent Republican-led Senate efforts to appeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, 15 patient and provider groups recently spoke out against the proposed repeal.
Organizations including the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which represent millions of Americans, have joined forces with a recent statement against the ACA’s repeal.
According to the group’s statement, posted on the American Heart Association website, their main arguments against the repeal of the ACA, known as Obamacare, is the projected 32 million Americans who could lose their health insurance.
“Any attempt to repeal the ACA without replacing it with equal or better coverage will leave our health care system in shambles,” the group said in their statement. “If the existing law is abolished, 32 million Americans could lose their insurance coverage in the next decade.This approach is completely unacceptable for the patients we represent.”
The groups cite the need to make improvements to the ACA and encourage lawmakers to work across the aisle for a long-term solution.
“When both sides of the aisle work together, they have always found the most durable and long-lasting solutions to the problems facing our country,” the groups said in their opposition statement. “We implore lawmakers to sit down in a bipartisan fashion and draft a new bill that will strengthen and expand access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.”