William M. Mooney, Jr., President and CEO of the Westchester County Association, submitted the following op-ed to the Journal News. It was published on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Mooney is a former banker.
THE ACA REPEAL NEEDS A DOCTOR
Most people are surprised when we say “Be careful what you wish for” as it relates to the repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare. I would say Congress should not repeal it. Coming from a businessman, that may seem surprising. So why am I being so cautious? I’m thinking of Westchester.
So, you thought the Affordable Care Act was safe for now? Wrong! According to Kevin Dahill, EVP of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), there are now taking place new “energized discussions between the Freedom Caucus and the White House to get a bill back on the floor of Congress this week. Dahill spoke at a WCA All Access Healthcare meeting yesterday that was packed with hospital and other healthcare executives and business leaders. “
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The gloves were off at the WCA’s annual Breakfast with the County Executive when Westchester County Executive Rob Astorio took on what he described as the “fake news coming out of Albany.” But all was not contentious; the Smart Growth panel that followed Astorino’s State-of-the-County address, projected an optimistic picture of growth for Westchester in 2017. Here are the highlights:
“Elections have consequences,” said Ken Raske, President of the Greater New York Hospital Association at the December 9th meeting of the WCA Healthcare Advisory Board. With the threat of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka “Obamacare”) without an immediate replacement plan, Raske and others in the healthcare industry are predicting dire consequences. “The level of uncertainty is the highest I’ve ever seen in my career. I am deeply, deeply troubled.”