AAMC Statement on Vote Against Senate Health Care Reform Legislation

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote against the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017:

“On behalf of the patients we care for, we thank the Senate for voting to protect the health of millions of Americans—including those on Medicaid and with preexisting conditions—whose coverage was in jeopardy.

Now it is more important than ever that Congress and the administration work together to improve the current system and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, comprehensive coverage. The most immediate concern is stabilizing the health insurance market through continued, predictable funding of cost-sharing subsidies. Without these subsidies, the markets will face significant strains that could be devastating for patients, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Additionally, there are other issues that must be addressed for the benefit of patients, including reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare extenders, and reducing the unnecessary regulatory infrastructure that drives up costs and inhibits the efficient delivery of patient care.

The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals continue to develop ways to move toward a more efficient, high-quality health care delivery system. We stand ready to work with the administration and all members of Congress on these efforts in order to deliver solutions that protect patients and improve the health of all.”

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 154 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.