The American Hospital Association criticized a health care executive order signed on Oct. 12 by President Donald Trump.
The group alleged the order would make coverage unaffordable for many Americans, according to The Hill.
"Today's executive order will allow health insurance plans that cover fewer benefits and offer fewer consumer protections," said Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association.
The AHA declared in its statement that it is committed to having affordable health care for all.
"No one can predict future health care needs with complete certainty and such plans could put patients at risk when care is needed most," Nickels added.
"In addition, these provisions could destabilize the individual and small group markets, leaving millions of Americans who need comprehensive coverage to manage chronic and other pre-existing conditions, as well as protection against unforeseen illness and injury, without affordable options," he said.
Trump, who was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials for the signing of the executive order, defended the measure against the American Hospital Association's criticisms.
"We've been hearing about the disaster of Obamacare for so long -- in my case, many years, most of it outside in civilian life," stated Trump, according to CBS News. "And for a long period of time since I've started running and since I became president of the United States, I just keep hearing: 'Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.' Well, we're starting that process, and we're starting it in a very positive manner."
CBS reported that the order could face a legal challenge from health care groups.
Trump explained that the new provisions would promote health care choice across the country, resulting in millions of people signing up.
"But the competition will be staggering," added Trump. "Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up, and you will be hopefully negotiating, negotiating, negotiating, and you'll get such low prices for such great care."
However, the president stressed that the new provisions established by the executive order did not remove the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. He noted that he would "pressure" Congress to revive its efforts to adopt a new system. Despite having a 52 to 48 majority in the Senate, Republicans failed to agree on legislation to replace Obamacare.
At one point, Trump began walking out of the room without signing the order, until he was reminded by Pence to do so.
Sources: The Hill, CBS News / Featured Image: Shealah Craighead/whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, The White House/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons