NYT: As a possible ACA repeal gains momentum, where are the healthcare lobbies? 6 key takeaways
A New York Times story argues the speed of the possible ACA repeal is leaving healthcare lobbies stunned.
Here's what you should know.
1. The NYT claims representatives of insurance companies, hospitals, physicians and pharmaceutical makers are in a state of disarray and are "struggling for a response to a legislative quick strike that would upend much of the American healthcare system."
2. The Senate could begin the repeal process as early as Jan. 12, 2016, if it passes parliamentary language in a budget resolution. That resolution would fast track a bill that would be immune to filibustering.
3. President of the Greater New York Hospital Association Kenneth Raske said to NYT despite the threat of 20 million Americans losing coverage, most lobbies "don't want to get on the wrong side of the new administration or the Republican majority in Congress."
4. The American College of Physicians sent letters to senators urging them to vote against the budget resolution. Consumer and liberal advocacy groups have taken to the airways to urge Congress to stop its "attack" on the ACA.
5. The NYT calls these two minor campaigns a "pittance," citing the $150 million the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America set aside in 2009 to support the law's passage.
6. The NYT believes the budget resolution should pass, but predicts a full repeal will be difficult without Republicans having an alternative ready to pass at the same time.
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