OHSU is opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) the House of Representatives passed today. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet assessed the latest bill; however, it appears that with the AHCA as it stands, thousands of Oregonians who have health care coverage today would lose that coverage -- reversing progress made over the last four years to expand access to preventive care and increase the pool of insured with the goal of managing costs and improving the overall health of Oregonians.
As the state’s only public academic health center, we join other institutions like ours across the country concerned that this legislation puts the ability to carry out our mission at risk. Not only do we rely upon federal funding for research and reimbursement for providing care to our most vulnerable population - which private providers can turn away -- but proposed reductions to Medicaid as it relates to hospitals takes essential support away from our training of the next generation of health professionals.
Our nation’s health care system is complex, but it’s an issue that impacts every single person. Reversing progress made over the last four years has implications beyond the physical health of our country and will impact other societal issues. We appreciate Oregon’s congressional delegation listening to our concerns. OHSU remains committed to actively advocating for public policy that advances the health and well-being of all Oregonians.
For more information, please see Dr. Robertson’s op-ed on the future of the ACA.