AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding the announcement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the Senate will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“From the beginning, the AAMC has maintained that repeal of the ACA must be accompanied by a simultaneous replacement that provides at least comparable health care coverage. Patients—particularly those with complex conditions—require stability and continuity in their care. Without access to affordable meaningful coverage, many would forego or delay necessary medical care. This puts millions of Americans, including the most vulnerable patients, at risk.
Any health care reform legislation must put patients first by maintaining or improving current levels of coverage.
We stand ready to work with Congress to shape a solution that protects patients and 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 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.