Repealing the Affordable Care Act Without a Legislative Alternative Would Move U.S. Health Care in the Wrong Direction, Groups Say
CHICAGO—July 20, 2017—The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association (AKOMA), Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) and the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (WVOMA), representing nearly 130,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, express our gratitude to Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for their pragmatic approach to health care reform and their vocal opposition to repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) without a legislative alternative, in order to ensure Americans have the continued access to health care that they deserve.
Much like the senators, AOA, AKOMA, MOA, and WVOMA recognize there are challenges with our current health care system and are supportive of efforts to improve it. We too are concerned with rising health care costs being the basis for current difficulties in ensuring access to affordable, high-quality care for all Americans. Osteopathic physicians understand that controlling the costs of health care is a top priority in our collective effort to improve our nation’s health care system, and it is our priority to ensure access to affordable care and coverage for our patients.
The loss of coverage for as many as 32 million Americans and the potential for significant increases in premium costs, as projected by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, moves our health care system in the wrong direction. We continue to urge Congress to seek a transparent and bipartisan solution that minimizes uncertainty and provides stability in the insurance markets.
In this effort, the AOA, AKOMA, MOA, and WVOMA remain committed to working with Congress to enact reforms that achieve a high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-efficient health care system that meets the needs of our patients. Osteopathic physicians stand ready to assist in developing approaches to advance our aforementioned goals toward transforming our health care system.