The American Medical Association and the American Federation of Government Employees have both rejected a proposal from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his allies to create a single-payer health care system.
The two groups called the proposal “unfortunate” and said it would lead to “a massive government takeover of the American economy.”
“In the 21st century, Americans expect their health care decisions to be made by their doctors, hospitals, and other providers.
That’s not how it works in our health care marketplaces,” said the AMA and AFGE in a joint statement on Thursday.
The AFGE is one of several trade groups that represents doctors, nurses and other health care workers.
The group has called the plan “too costly” and “dangerous” and warned that it would “cost the American people millions of dollars.”
The AMA and the AFLC have been critical of the plan, with the two groups calling it a “lack of focus” and saying it would only lead to more administrative work and fewer choices for patients.
“In recent weeks, Republicans have made their first and only proposal to create an America-first single-payor system, and it would do little more than transfer health care to the federal government,” the AMA said.
“The AMA/AFGE has long warned that a single payor system would be a recipe for massive government interference with the individual health care marketplace.
We continue to believe this is not a viable path to providing health care options for millions of Americans.”
Republicans in Congress are expected to unveil their plan for single-payer health care on Wednesday.
If it fails to pass, it could open the door to another Democratic attempt to expand coverage under a government-run system.