Statement on the State of the Union Address
President, American Hospital Association
January 23, 2007
America's hospitals are pleased that President Bush has focused attention on uninsured people. But the President's proposals are unworkable for many and not focused on those most in need.
The tax proposal would have the effect of driving people to the small group insurance market-a market that has proven unstable. For many people, even with a tax break, coverage remains unaffordable and out of reach. Additionally, by reducing funding, the President's proposal pulls the rug out from under safety net hospitals that care for some of our nation's most vulnerable people. We strongly oppose any plan to cut funding to safety net hospitals.
Finally, we are concerned that the proposals could undermine the employer-based system that already provides insurance to the vast majority of Americans and on which we need to build to extend coverage to the 47 million uninsured.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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