The medical community has been hard hit with Obamacare, in that while it vastly expanded access for citizens, it has not helped the healthcare professionals that are needed to implement it. Doctors loads are increasing exponentially, charges paid to them are shrinking (mainly due to the Republicans in Congress over the last few years), patients in Jefferson County can routinely wait six months to see their primary care physician and the switch to electronic records has been a disaster, despite the glowing PR from hospital administrators and software vendors. So I get it when they say, “replace rather than repeal.” But they do not support the AHCA as currently drafted.
“On Tuesday, March 6, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act was released. While we recognize that the ACA has flaws that must be addressed and we are encouraged to see that the bill recognizes the need for replacement rather than simply repeal, the WSMA does not support the AHCA as currently drafted.
“At the heart of the WSMA’s Principles of Health Care Reform is access to affordable health care for all Washingtonians. While the Congressional Budget Office analysis has yet to be released, as currently written, the AHCA puts our state’s Medicaid program at risk, reducing access to coverage for thousands of our most vulnerable patients. The act also shifts much of the Medicaid funding obligation onto Washington state. Sufficient funding of our state’s health care program is imperative to avoid damaging ripple effects throughout the entire health care system. Our state is already facing budgetary challenges, and is simply not able to fill the funding gap that would result from the policies proposed in this act.
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