The American Nurses Association on Wednesday joined other national medical associations in blasting the House GOP healthcare plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
In a letter, the ANA wrote that the GOP plan does not “improve care for the American people.”
“Thee American Health Care Act threatens health care affordability, access, and delivery for individuals across the nation,” the association continued.
Representing over 3.6 million nurses across the nation, the ANA also cited concerns that the Congressional Budget Office and Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan experts on which lawmakers normally rely on in order to examine the impact of legislation, have not even weighed in on the plan.
“Any legislation that would fundamentally alter healthcare delivery and deeply impact patients and providers deserves thoughtful, deliberate and transparent consideration,” the letter says. “ANA strongly urges congress to allow opportunity for considered public and stakeholder feedback in the face of reforms that would have a far-reaching and personal impact on the lives of millions of people.”
The ANA is the largest organization of healthcare professionals in the U.S. and it has a record of being vocal on healthcare issues.
Earlier, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association — the largest doctor group in the country — also came out strongly opposing the plan.
ANA President Pamela Cipriano weighed in on Twitter on Wednesday ripping the healthcare proposal for failing to fulfill the Republican promise that it would be better than Obamacare.
— ANA President (@ANAPresident) March 8, 2017
This is not the first time that the ANA has weighed in on the matter with the current president. In December, the group wrote a letter to then President-elect Trump calling on him to keep certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including those that allow children to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26, and the portion prohibiting denial of health insurance based on pre-existing conditions.
The group has repeatedly blasted Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.