The AMA sent a letter today (Sept. 19, 2017) expressing its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017.” According to the AMA, the legislation does not meet the principles for health system reform that it shared with Congress on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. In particular, it would result in millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage, further destabilize the health insurance marketplace, undermine the health care safety net provided by Medicaid, and jeopardize important insurance reforms such as guaranteed issue and the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions and benefit caps.
Read the letter here.
To take advantage of the preferred procedural rules provided for budget reconciliation bills that would allow passage by the Senate with a simple majority, the legislation must be passed by September 30. House passage could be delayed until after that deadline, but no changes could be made. A Congressional Budget Office estimate of the amendment’s impact is expected early next week; due to time constraints, it is not expected to include estimated impacts on coverage or other important details.