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AMA Statement on CBO Estimates of Health Reform Bill

For immediate release:
Mar 13, 2017
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Statement attributable to:
Andrew W. Gurman, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

“Today’s estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office underscore the AMA’s concerns about the AHCA as it is written: If this bill were to become law, CBO projects 14 million Americans who have gained coverage in recent years could lose it in 2018. For the AMA, that outcome is unacceptable. While the Affordable Care Act was an imperfect law, it was a significant improvement on the status quo at the time, and the AMA believes we need continued progress to expand coverage for the uninsured. Unfortunately, the current proposal – as the CBO analysis shows – would result in the most vulnerable population losing their coverage.

“Importantly, we hope the CBO estimates will motivate all Members of Congress to find a pathway to work together on significantly improving  proposed health reform legislation so it is more focused on serving the very real needs of patients and improving the health of our nation."

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