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But what do hospitals know about healthcare? Oh, right.

Okay, so Donald Trump and Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Replacement Bill (those two are going to own this) has been public for one day, and pretty much everyone who is not a Republican in Congress or the White House hates it. People on the left point out that the bill is basically a con job designed to give tax breaks to the super-rich while making healthcare less affordable for most people, while potentially stripping coverage away from millions. Meanwhile many on the right don’t think that the law strips away enough of Obamacare! So we currently are in a situation where conservative groups like FreedomWorks are standing on the same side of a bill as the Democratic party. Sure they both oppose it for TOTALLY different reasons, but still, it’s super weird.

But here’s the thing about the healthcare debate in this country. It can often become so much of a political football that we forget to ask the institutions that provide medical care for actual Americans, and… Oh hey, the American Hospital Association weighed in with a letter. Hospitals provide medical care. I wonder what they thought.

Healthcare coverage is vitally important to working Americans and
their families. They rely on hospitals and health systems to provide
them with access for their essential health care needs in a manner
that is of the highest quality, not to mention the full range of
critical life-saving services, including preventive benefits, that
will further improve the quality of their lives and the health of the
communities in which they live.

We recognize this measure represents the first step in a process. It
is critical that this process be thoughtful and focused on finding
ways to improve our health care system, particularly for the poor,
elderly and disabled.

We ask Congress to protect our patients, and find ways to maintain
coverage for as many Americans as possible. We look forward to
continuing to work with the Congress and the Administration on ACA
reform, but we cannot support The American Health Care Act in its
current form.

Okay, so for those of you keeping track at home: liberals don’t like this bill; many conservative groups have come out against it; and now, HOSPITALS are saying “nah.” Jesus. You’d think after all those years of complaining about Obamacare, the GOP would have had some ideas ready to go, but no. They basically are that kid who is doing the homework he forgot to do in the five minutes of class before your teacher collects it.

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