Louisiana organizations that represent hospitals, health clinics and retired people have all come out against U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's proposal for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, often referred to as Obamacare. They say Cassidy's proposal could jeopardize affordable health care coverage and make operations more difficult for hospitals and clinics around the state.
In television interviews Wednesday, Cassidy described critics of his plan as people with a left-wing bent who are interested in preserving Obamacare for political reasons. "No one likes change. No one likes change even from worse to better," said Cassidy on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talk show.
But some of the organizations raising concerns about Cassidy's proposal are considered part of the mainstream health care community in Louisiana, happy to work with both Democrats and Republicans in office.
The American Hospital Association and American Medical Association, which represents doctors, have already released statements criticizing the plan proposed by Cassidy and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Still, it was assumed that Louisiana's own health care organizations wouldn't be as bullish on the senator's proposal, since they have to work with Cassidy on a number of issues. That hasn't been the case over the last day or so however, as Cassidy's proposal seemed more likely to get out of the U.S. Senate.
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The Louisiana Hospital Association, an organization that tends to work behind the scenes and typically takes a conservative approach to public statements, announced it opposed Cassidy's plan. Its statement even caught other health care advocates in Louisiana by surprise. People weren't expecting the hospital association to say publicly they didn't like the proposal of Louisiana's senior senator. Nevertheless, the group gave a fairly resolute statement on the plan Wednesday morning (Sept. 20).
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