Healthcare experts chime-in on the latest republican attempt at repeal and replace.
Paul Krugman: Cruelty Incompetence and Lies – Removing all three Legs of healthcare
Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.
The Affordable Care Act, which has reduced the percentage of Americans without health insurance to a record low, created a three-legged stool … Graham-Cassidy saws off all three legs of that stool.
It “violates the precept of ‘first do no harm’” and “would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage.” – American Medical Association, which represents doctors.
It is “the worst healthcare bill yet.” – American Nurses Association.
It “would erode key protections for patients and consumers.” –American Hospital Association.
The “process [in the Senate] is just as bad as the substance. … Most Americans wouldn’t buy a used car with this little info.” – AARP.
The bill will “weaken access to the care Americans need and deserve.” – American Heart Association, jointly with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes and Lung associations, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the March of Dimes and others.