December 20, 2017

Statement from Bernard J. Tyson on individual mandate changes

The tax bill, which includes eliminating the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, has been passed by the Senate and House. As a result, we can expect significant setbacks for millions of Americans' access to high-quality, affordable health care and coverage.

Kaiser Permanente believes any changes to health policy should provide more Americans with access to high-quality, affordable health care — and maintain or expand access to health coverage. The elimination of the individual mandate runs counter to this belief.

We encourage policymakers to move in a more positive direction by supporting the currently pending bipartisan legislation to improve health care and coverage. The bipartisan approach is critically important to preventing the erosion of health care and coverage for the people of our country.