AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding the release of the new score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“The CBO score released today emphasizes the need for the Senate to take a different approach to improving our health care system. A plan that will result in an additional 23 million uninsured people, combined with a Medicaid cut of $834 billion over 10 years, will cripple the health care safety net designed to help the most vulnerable patients—many of whom depend on the nation’s teaching hospitals and physicians for their care.
We urge the Senate to take an approach to health care reform that commits to high-quality, affordable, comprehensive coverage for at least as many people as are currently insured, including maintenance of the Medicaid expansion and protections for individuals with preexisting conditions.
The AAMC stands ready to engage with the Senate to find ways to improve health care for all Americans.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.