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It’s been almost two months since the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act sending the bill to the Senate for deliberation. Now the Senate vote on the bill has been delayed due to open opposition to the current version of the legislation.

This delay has opened hope for both the U.P. Health System - Marquette CEO along with Tom Casperson.

“I'm glad to hear that they did not rush to a vote," said Brian Sinotte, the CEO of U.P. Health Systems. "I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. Currently the version of the bill says 22 million will be uninsured which puts stress on our industry and really hinders that access to the health care that they need.”

The bill would leave millions uninsured and would have major cuts to Medicaid, where currently 70 million Americans get their services from.

“Either a change in Medicare or Medicaid its going to affect people when talking reductions," said Sinotte. "People need to understand what it means for them and that a lot of people here will be negatively impacted by that.”

After the bill was delayed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators met with President Trump to discuss solutions. These solutions Casperson said could affect Michigan.

“If they cut, reduce or get rid of some of the taxation involved with the Obamacare act that would have an effect because a state like Michigan where we have a medicaid expansion component that was in part paid for from those taxes that Obamacare had imposed on medical devices, health insurance policies and those types of things," said State Senator Tom Casperson. "So if that money is no longer there than that means more than likely the match wouldn’t be there or the way we are familiar with it. It would have an effect on the state and we would have to adjust what we are doing here.”

While the future of healthcare is unknown, Sinotte said their hospital care will remain the same.

“We take great care, that's our job," said Sinotte. "Amidst all the industry changes and pressures, there are things I want to educate our community on. I also want to encourage the public to find their voice,” said Sinotte.

The vote for the American Health Care act will be delayed at least until after the July 4th recess.

Source : http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/UP-Health-Systems-and-Senator-Tom-Casperson-break-down-healthcare-delay-431379823.html

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