WSMA President's Statement on U.S. House of Representatives' Passage of the American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2017   Amy Snow Landa on behalf of the WSMA

WSMA President’s Statement on the American Health Care Act

Shane Macaulay, MD

Seattle, Wash. — Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) President Shane Macaulay, M.D., issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“The Washington State Medical Association is deeply disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act. As amended in the House, the AHCA would reduce access to affordable health care coverage for thousands of Washingtonians. The WSMA cannot support the version of the AHCA passed yesterday. Thousands of our most vulnerable patients - those who are low income, disabled and older - and patients purchasing plans through the exchange may lose access to affordable health care coverage if this legislation is enacted into law.

“We at the WSMA are firmly committed to seeking solutions that bring better care for our patients. While we stand ready to engage in finding solutions that will address the flaws in our current health care system, this work cannot be done in isolation. To date, there have been no public hearings on the AHCA. The legislation has been drafted and amended by House lawmakers with virtually no input from health care stakeholders. Moreover, the House passed the AHCA without waiting for an updated score from the Congressional Budget Office.

“We are grateful that most of Washington state’s congressional delegation stood with us, as all six U.S. House Democrats along with Republican Reps. Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera Beutler voted against the plan. As this bill passes out of the House, we urge lawmakers in the Senate to take a thoughtful and deliberate approach when considering this version of health care reform and its potential impact on patients and health care providers. The physicians of Washington state stand on the frontlines of care. It is our goal to work together toward positive health outcomes for all.”

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About the WSMA
The Washington State Medical Association is the only organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician assistants in Washington state. Our more than 10,000 members stand together, across disciplines and practice types, to influence public policy impacting health care delivery and shape the future of the profession. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine for more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.