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"I have read the American Health Care Act and cannot support the bill in its current form," Thompson said.
He remains convinced the Affordable Care Act must be replaced, but does not think
"Obamacare must be repealed, but I have concerns with any proposal that would increase costs for older Americans," he said. "As a former licensed nursing home administrator, I also need better assurances that services for our most vulnerable populations will not be jeopardized."
"Under the legislation, insurers would be allowed to generally charge five times more for older enrollees than younger ones, rather than three times more as under current law, substantially reducing premiums for young adults and substantially raising premiums for older people," according to the CBO report.
Thompson said there is still work to do to find a good alternative.
"While I believe the House bill contains a lot of good, it is a work in progress. I have met with the House leadership and committees of jurisdiction throughout the week to express these concerns and advocate for additional changes to the bill. I stand by my principles that health care reform must lower costs, increase quality and ensure that rural populations have access to care," Thompson said.
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