Senate Republicans are not holding public hearings or committee markups for their bill, a major departure from the traditional lawmaking process.
Healthcare groups fear the final product will be released just a couple of days before the vote, minimizing time for feedback or for opposition to build. “I am writing to express our great concern about reports that legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and radically change how Medicaid is financed is being hastily drafted and rushed forward outside of regular order for a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate, potentially before the July 4th recess,” Dr. Jack Ende, president of the American College of Physicians, wrote to Senate leaders last week. Read more about concerns in The Hill
As the Senate works to dismantle the ACA, groups plan to host events in four states — Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and West Virginia — aimed at showcasing the need for affordable and adequate healthcare. The first event will take place in Cleveland.
Those joining forces include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, the March of Dimes, American Medical Association and AARP. The groups plan to highlight four main items of the American Health Care Act that they see as falling short: healthcare affordability, access to care, protection for people on Medicaid and protections for those who receive their health coverage through an employer. Read about it in The Hill