American Nurses Association voices opposition to AHCA

The American Nurses Association joined the many healthcare organizations voicing dissent against the GOP-proposed ACA replacement.

The American Health Care Act released by GOP House leaders Monday would replace income-based subsidies with refundable, age-based and income-capped tax credits, among other substantial changes. While several aspects of the ACA — like the protections for those with pre-existing conditions — would remain intact, the proposed legislation would significantly restructure the American healthcare system if passed.

"The AHCA threatens healthcare affordability, access and delivery for individuals across the nation," said ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, in a letter sent to Congressional leaders on Wednesday. "In its current form, the bill changes Medicaid to a per capita cap funding model, eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restricts millions of women from access to critical health services and repeals income based subsidies that millions of people rely on. These changes in no way will improve care for the American people."

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