ACA Repeal Amendments Defeated, AAFP Reinforces Call for Bipartisan Solutions

Early in the morning of July 28, the U.S. Senate voted down (49-51) the latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Leading up to that vote, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) sent a letter dated July 27 “to once again call on the United States Senate to set-aside this reckless path and seek bipartisan, meaningful, and impactful solutions that improve our healthcare system.”

As reported by MLive on July 27, experts tout the ACA as successful in Michigan, pointing to, among other things, the significant decrease of Michiganders who are now uninsured (since 2010 the number of uninsured in Michigan has nearly halved, dropping from 1.3 million to less than 600,000), a dramatic reduction in uncompensated care, and countless stories of increased access to care and improved health outcomes.

MAFP President Loretta Leja, MD, a Family Physician in Cheboygan (pictured at right), explains that the ACA has "been a godsend in Cheboygan County" especially the Medicaid expansion. Before the ACA, Dr. Leja said "people weren't getting care. I have three patients with grown children who died because they couldn't afford medical care, on of them pneumonia.

MLive reports that, "today, 12 percent of Cheboygan County adults are covered through Michigan and others with higher incomes have been able to get subsidized insurance through the federal marketplace. READ MORE

While the fate of healthcare reform remains uncertain, recent media reports indicate there is a growing bipartisan effort to address issues, such as stabilizing and strengthening the individual insurance market, when Congress returns from the August recess. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has floated the possibility of unilaterally pulling back cost-sharing reduction payments, which assist individuals between 100% and 250% of the federal poverty level in affording health insurance purchased on the exchanges. READ MORE