The last 48 hours have seen torrents of opposition to the newly proposed health-reform bill, the American Health Care Act. Professional organizations that have spoken against it now include: the American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Hospital Association, and Children’s Hospital Association, among other physician groups and all major hospital groups.
The doctors of the American Medical Association target their critique on the phasing out of Medicaid expansion and elimination of subsidies for low-income Americans. The new bill replaces the latter with a flat tax credit based on age. The system, the doctors warn, would mean many people are left with inadequate coverage.
Influential patient-advocacy groups like the AARP are also adamantly opposed to the bill, concerned that it “raises premiums and weakens Medicare,” shrinking health-care coverage for the people represented by the organization. Even though the proposed tax credits would grow in old age, they appear to be far from sufficient to cover the cost of many health-insurance plans.
Yet against the lengthening political odds presented by this opposition—and the idea that this opposition means that the bill is indeed seriously flawed—President Trump has given no indication of pause. According to The New York Times, “He said he was prepared to pressure holdout senators by holding the kind of stadium-style rallies he led during his presidential campaign.”