AAMC Statement on Senate Health Care Reform Vote

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement after the vote on the motion to proceed in the Senate, which allows for debate on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“We are extremely disappointed that the Senate has decided to move forward with debate on their proposed repeal and replace health reform legislation. We urge Senators to vote ‘no’ on reform legislation presented thus far, and to only pass a bill that would at least maintain current coverage levels. 

Reform proposals currently under consideration would leave tens of millions of Americans without comprehensive, affordable health coverage— and potentially weaken insurance for millions of others. These are our patients, many of whom have pre-existing conditions or are currently on Medicaid. We know that when they do not have stable health coverage, they delay care, making manageable conditions more complicated and costly to treat.

As Congress has discussed repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have held steadfast that any replacement bill should at least maintain current levels of health coverage, not weaken Medicaid, and be the result of a deliberate and transparent process. We encourage the Senate to develop a legislative proposal that adheres to these important principles.

We understand that there are aspects of the current system that can be improved, and the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals stand ready to work with Congress and other stakeholders to shape a health care reform solution that improves 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.