Publisher’s Note: Healthcare Legislation

Publisher’s Note: Healthcare Legislation

Looking Down the Path of Healthcare Legislation

When looking down the path of recent proposed healthcare legislation, there’s no easy way to sum it up.  It’s a controversial topic, to say the least.  Add to it the political agenda of both the left and right, and it’s convoluted as well.  In recent weeks, we have waited and watched as the House GOP released the American Health Care Act and, later, the Senate introduced the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Meant to start the process of peeling back the layers of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)— and over time completely replace it with subsequent legislation— the bill has been met with great criticism and speculation (some of it constructive; some of it more of the same highly charged but largely unproductive political rhetoric).  In fact, major national health groups— such as the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, to name a few— each made official statements within days of the initial release stating their grievances with the act.  This is getting the attention of lawmakers.  When organizations and groups band together to represent the people who might suffer the greatest consequences from proposed large changes to our healthcare system, we can help ensure that these changes have positive effects in both the short- and long-term.

One thing remains certain: Long before President Trump can sign the bill into law, the Senate’s BCRA must be reconciled with the House’s version, must receive 50 Republican votes in the Senate, and most of all— must be a practical, multi-step solution that will maintain and bring about more comprehensive insurance coverage, lower premiums, reduce taxes, and reduce the overall deficit.

To find out more about the recent legislation, and what local experts in the health community have to say about it, read the feature article in this edition of Central Florida Doctor.  Thanks for reading, and I’ll conclude with this familiar, yet sober reminder from the American Medical Association that the practice of medicine has long used as a guiding principal: Primum non nocere— “first, do no harm.”

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