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Dental groups and conservative pundits are making it clear they are upset with the Republican party’s decision to support a health care overhaul bill.
The American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association are pushing for the GOP’s legislation to be scrapped, according to Politico.
Dental associations say it would create a vast amount of uncertainty for consumers.
They’re worried that patients would have to decide whether they wanted to pay $500 more for a second procedure or pay the same price for a third procedure.
Some dentists have even said they may withdraw their endorsement of the Republican plan.
Dr. David W. Hirsch, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, said in an interview with Fox News that Republicans are playing with fire.
“There are certain risks that are not in the health care bill and are not included in the Affordable Care Act that can result in higher costs for the dental industry,” Hirsch said.
“I think that’s a risk for everybody in the industry.”
In a statement to The Hill, a spokesman for Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., told The Hill that the GOP bill would “dismantle protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would give big tax breaks to the wealthy while leaving seniors and others worse off.”
“While the bill has the support of the American Dina and I am proud to have served on it, I cannot support it because it would strip away critical protections for the tens of millions of people who have been denied coverage through the ACA,” the spokesman said.
This story has been updated with comment from MacArthur’s office.