Republican congressmen recently unveiled their plan to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thus far, the reaction has been mostly not welcoming.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would replace the subsidies that the ACA provided for low-and-middle-income families with a tax credit, end the Medicaid expansion program in 2020, and increase the amount insurers can charge older consumers compared to younger ones from three times the amount to five times. It does retain some aspects of the ACA, such as the provision that requires insurers to cover people with pre-existing condition and allow young adults to stay on their parents' plan until they are 26.
Overall, the reaction to the AHCA has been controversial at best. Not only have Democrats railed against the bill, but physician advocacy groups, such as the AMA, have come out strongly against it. Even some Republicans have stated they wouldn't vote for the bill as currently constructed, like the three that voted against the measure this week on the House Budget Committee
What about physicians and on-the-ground clinicians? We asked members of our editorial advisory board to share their thoughts on the AHCA and also asked our readers on Facebook. Here's what everyone had to say.
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