The American Hospital Association, the nation’s largest hospital lobby, on Monday said that people in the United States are dying from preventable causes at a faster rate than they did before the Affordable Care Act passed.
The association, which represents nearly 1,400 hospitals, said that in 2016, an estimated 8.4 million Americans were dying of preventable preventable conditions, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and kidney disease.
The group said the figure for the year to date was 8.3 million.
It said that deaths attributed to preventable illnesses, including pneumonia, were on the rise as well.
The number of preventables deaths in the country were 8.9 million, compared with 7.9 millions in 2016.
It also noted that there were 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016 than the 8.1 per 100 in 2015.