The Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):
Medical organizations and other interest groups are weighing in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would hurt children by scaling back Medicaid.
America’s Essential Hospitals says the version the Senate released Thursday might lead to hospitals reducing services or closing.
The Association of American Medical Colleges says it would leave millions of people without health coverage.
AARP agrees with that assessment and is calling on every senator to vote no.
The American Medical Association is still reviewing the plan, but says it strongly opposes limits on Medicaid spending.
And the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse says the proposal will crush efforts to ending the opioid addiction epidemic.
The trade association for Catholic hospitals and nursing homes says it strongly opposes the Senate Republican health care bill, warning it would have a “devastating impact” on the poor and frail.
Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, says Congress should start over with a bipartisan approach.
Keehan says, “The small tweaks made in the newly released Senate bill do not change the fact that millions will lose their health care, especially through a complete restructuring and deep federal funding reduction to the Medicaid program.”
Former President Barack Obama once credited Keehan for helping pass the Affordable Care Act, now in Republican crosshairs. Keehan publicly supported the legislation at critical points in the 2009-10 congressional debate that led to its passage.
AARP is blasting the Senate Republican health care bill and calling on every senator to vote no.
AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said in a statement Thursday that the bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and…