The health bill "will seriously undermine health care in
The letter, obtained by the
"The big story has been and continues to be what [the Republican plan] is going to do to Medicaid," said
"While it takes more time to phase them in, those cuts will have the same impact," Schowalter pointed out. "It's going to shift who pays."
The ranks of the uninsured will swell, health care system administrators say. States will have to pick up the tab for indigent care. And uncompensated care will go up for care providers.
It "is a somewhat slower path to the same end as the House bill -- fewer people insured, less affordable coverage, poor people harmed, and Medicaid crippled," Dr.
In touting their bill,
Supporters of the
Still, a lack of national standards "discourages preventive care," said
Under the Republican plan, people will not be required to pay a penalty if they do not have health insurance, as they were under the ACA. Also, most taxes that financed the ACA will go away.
In a statement, Franken called the bill "a disaster for the economic stability and livelihood of
In a Facebook post, Klobuchar said "millions of Americans would lose their health insurance or have to spend much more out of pocket for the care and treatments they need."
"They're shortening up the money," he said. "But they're not giving us the ability to manage the care.
"I'd like to be paid for the care I provide, and I'd like to be measured by the quality of care I provide. In the end, what I'm going to be getting is less to do the same work."
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