I’m writing to discuss my concerns about the American Health Care Act, the House Republication bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
As a physician who has been practicing in this community for almost three years, I am worried this bill will leave more Texans uninsured or underinsured and ultimately cost both the state and the federal government significantly more money. Quite simply, for every $1 we spend on prenatal care, we save $3 on newborn care; for every $1 we spend on preventive services, we save $5 on chronic medical conditions; and for every $1 we spend on contraceptive coverage, we save over $7 on maternity care.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act will jeopardize not only the strides we’ve made in health care, but also come at a costly price. As a physician, I recognize that the ACA is far from perfect, however, repealing it for the AHCA will do more harm than good. We must not be hasty.
Health care should be done right and it’s time for our legislators to reach across the aisle and come together to develop a plan that provides adequate health care without the steep price.