For Immediate Release
APHA Expresses Deep Concern over House Budget Proposal
C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA
Washington, D.C., April 5, 2011 – “The American Public Health Association is
troubled by the House budget proposal released today that would undermine our
nation’s commitment and approach to health.
“Through the Affordable
Care Act, we are expanding access to care and increasing investments in
prevention to protect health and save costs. This proposal would take us in the
“The proposed overhaul to
the Medicaid program and drastic cuts to Medicare would deny countless
Americans access to quality, affordable care they deserve and desperately need.
We cannot afford to have these vital programs that have been instrumental in
shaping our nation’s health system and assuring the health of the most
vulnerable Americans be compromised for the sake of political maneuvering.
“We are also deeply
concerned about efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking law
that is ushering in a fundamental shift in the nation’s health system to
emphasize disease prevention, health promotion and wellness. In addition the
proposal calls for significant reductions in discretionary spending that could
have significant negative impacts on critical public health programs. Any
measure that erodes life-saving resources that will help reduce the burden of
our country's most feared and deadly diseases such as obesity, heart disease
and cancer would be a tremendous setback.
“We call on the House to
swiftly oppose today’s proposal and to work to develop a bipartisan budget that
makes protecting and improving the nation’s health a top priority.”
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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.