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Dear C/SNA Presidents, Executive Staff Leaders and IMD Chair,
Today the House of Representatives passed the ANA-opposed American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213. Despite some late changes to the bill, the underlying legislation remains fundamentally flawed. ANA swiftly issued an official statement (attached) expressing disappointment in the AHCA’s passage and underlining our resolve to continue to fight against any legislation that fails to protect affordable access to quality care.
While the vote may not have gone as we hoped, the avalanche of calls and emails from nurses, as well as other providers and patients from across the country, has cemented this bill’s unpopularity and set the stage for a contentious Senate debate.
As passed, AHCA would undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid funding, dramatically increase premiums on seniors, restrict millions of women from accessing critical health care, weaken the sustainability of Medicare, and repeal income-based subsidies that have made it possible for millions of families to buy health insurance.
For more information on the AHCA vote:
- Capitol Beat blog post providing further background on why the AHCA is a misguided attempt to reform the health care system.
- Our Health System Reform Home Page
As we turn our focus to the Senate, we will be sure to keep you posted. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if the Government Affairs or Policy teams can be of assistance.
Michelle M. Artz
Director, Department of Government Affairs
American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
office: 301-628-5098 | cell: 301-346-2478