The American Health Care Act, Republicans’ Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill introduced Monday night, is quickly making its way through House committees.
Despite President Trump’s claim that it’s all “coming along great,” however, the bill faces much opposition from a slew of major health care lobbying groups, conservative political organizations, right-wing media, and Republican lawmakers (not to mention all the liberals who have spoken out against it).
Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2017
For your handy reference, we’ve compiled a list of all the major groups critical of the bill so far, including those who have promised to vote against it. You’ll notice the list is pretty broad, and that it includes some of the most powerful lobby groups on the Hill, as well as influential conservative thinkers and right-wing media.
Some Republicans view the bill as Obamacare lite, since it keeps many of the health law’s provisions intact. Liberals hate it because it’ll likely cover fewer people and punish the poor. The bill has not yet had a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office — a concern of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, among other top Republicans.
A lot of things will need to happen to get this bill passed, from somehow winning over moderate Republicans to pacifying the nation’s doctors, hospitals, and retirees.
Major health lobbies and interest groups
American Academy of Family Physicians*
Federation of American Hospitals
American College of Physicians
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists*
American Psychiatric Association*
Just about all of them!
*Critical of the AHCA but not explicitly opposed
Last updated 3/13 with the latest statements