The nation's largest group of doctors condemned the Republican Party's replacement health care plan on Wednesday, calling it "critically flawed."
By replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits, the [American Health Care Act] will also make coverage more expensive -- if not out of reach -- for poor and sick Americans," the American Medical Association said in a statement. "For these reasons, the AMA cannot support the AHCA as it is currently written.”
The AMA claims the new bill falls short of the healthcare goals it sent to Congress last month. Here are its biggest issues with the new plan:
- Tax credits for healthcare based on age instead of income
- Rolling back Medicaid expansion, which AMA argues may reduce coverage and hinder efforts to fight mental health and drug addiction
- Repealing the Prevention and Public Health fund
- Defunding Planned Parenthood
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The AHCA is already under fierce opposition by Democrats and even some Republicans.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took the statement as a powerful sign the bill was a "disaster."
Here's a look at the full letter.
Back in December, the AMA announced its support for President Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Tom Price. Price vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
While The Affordable Care Act reached record levels of popularity in a Kaiser poll last month, parts of it remain distinctly unpopular.
63 percent of people surveyed in a November Kaiser poll had an unfavorable view of the individual mandate, requiring all people to have insurance or pay a penalty. And as of 2015, 60 percent of Americans oppose the "Cadillac tax," which charges extra for the most generous health plans.
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