The health care advocacy group “Close the Gap Idaho,” along with the Idaho Medical Association and the Idaho Hospital Association, are decrying the health care bill that passed the House today, saying it will have a “devastating impact” on low-income, needy and sick Idahoans. “It will throw an estimated 138,000 Idahoans off their health insurance,” the group said in a statement. “This includes not only children, people with disabilities and elderly people who rely on Medicaid, but people with employer-sponsored insurance and individuals who purchase their insurance on Idaho’s health insurance exchange.”
Brian Whitlock , president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association, said the bill “takes us back to a system that was broken to begin with.” Susie Pouliot, CEO of the Idaho Medical Association, said the bill “takes us in the wrong direction by causing millions of Americans to lose the health insurance they now have.”
You can read the group’s full statement here.