Hospital executives who paraded before investors last week at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco put on a brave face about the coming repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
To be sure, they were worried about the millions of Americans newly insured under the exchanges and state Medicaid expansions whose coverage is threatened.
Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson said it would be unconscionable for Congress to repeal the ACA without a simultaneous replacement. And he went further by insisting that the current ACA be the “starting point” for benefits and provider standards in a replacement plan.
That was the compassionate side. At the same time, systems were talking to investors and analysts, and they chose not to spook them with dire predictions about the impacts of repeal.