As affirmed by AMA's House of Delegates in Nov. 2016, the AMA remains committed to improving health insurance coverage and health care access.
The AMA has long advocated for health insurance coverage for all Americans, as well as pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access for patients. The same core principles and priorities will guide future AMA advocacy efforts regarding health care reform proposals that are central to our mission of improving public health.
AMA Views on Passage of the AHCA
On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1628) on a largely party-line vote of 217-213. If the AHCA were to become law, millions of Americans would lose health insurance coverage, and the safety net provided by Medicaid would be severely eroded. Last-minute changes to the bill allowing states to apply for waivers from critical consumer protections under current law and providing additional funding for high-risk pools and reinsurance mechanisms failed to remedy the fundamental flaws of the bill.
The AMA strongly opposed House passage. The AMA's letter to Congress on April 27 urged Representatives to oppose the bill, reiterating concerns that millions of Americans would lose their current health care insurance coverage. The AMA previously expressed their chief concerns to Congress on March 22 and March 7. Read the AMA statement after the bill passed the House of Representatives.