Publisher's Note: The American Health Care Act - a Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act backed by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan - was pulled before a floor vote in late March amid clashing views over the best way to rework the American healthcare system. However, discussions about repealing, replacing or repairing the ACA continue as legislators from both sides of the aisle grapple with accessibility and affordability. Nashville Medical News is pleased to share the ideas and opinions of two of our U.S. Representatives from Middle Tennessee on the issue. While the ideological approaches might be quite different, the desire to create a sustainable, high quality, patient-centered healthcare system is fundamentally the same, which is a great place to start a productive dialogue.
Fixing Our Healthcare System
By REP. JIM COOPER
Don't give up on reforming our healthcare system!
Readers of Nashville Medical News are certainly tempted to think about something else. You are busy taking care of today's patients. You are frustrated with the bumbling efforts at the national and state level to "improve" care for tomorrow's patients... READ MORE
Competition Drives Patient-Centered Care
By REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN
Tennessee has been hit especially hard from President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Over 130,00 Tennesseans lost coverage last year, premiums have increased by up to 62 percent for many consumers and 73 of 95 counties have only one health insurance provider... READ MORE