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    What AHCA’s failure means for physicians


    The future of healthcare reform remains cloudy, with conflicting messages coming from the White House. President Trump indicated after the bill was pulled Friday that he was moving on, but tweeted over the weekend, “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for the people. Do not worry!”


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    And Rep. Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tennessee), co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, issued a statement that read in part: “Our work to protect patients from the failures of Obamacare will continue. With one-third of the counties in the first district [of Tennessee] left with no options for healthcare coverage in 2018 under Obamacare, and with double-digit premium increases year after year, this is the beginning of the debate, not the end.”

    Hobson says physicians can probably expect to hear more about healthcare reform in the coming months. “The funny thing about this process is that it’s not over until the fat lady sings, and in politics, there is no fat lady. The withdrawal of the bill is more of a setback than a failure. It is up to Speaker [Paul] Ryan and the administration as to whether or not they want to pursue something like the AHCA again.”

    Todd Shryock
    Todd Shryock, contributing author


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