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APHA Applauds Senate for Reaffirming Support of Health Reform and Protecting the Health of the American People

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2011 — The U.S. Senate today voted down a measure to overturn the Affordable Care Act, an outcome welcomed by the public health community.

“Now that the symbolic votes have been taken in both the House and Senate, Congress needs to get back to work and allow this law to do what it’s intended: protect the lives, improve the health and safeguard the economic well-being of the American people,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“In case anyone has forgotten, we still have a crisis in our nation’s health system,” said Benjamin. “We must continue to move forward in aggressively implementing the Affordable Care Act.”

According to Benjamin, the law includes meaningful solutions to the complex problems plaguing our nation’s health system. It provides funding for prevention and wellness programs that will improve the health of our communities; it covers an additional 32 million uninsured Americans; it bolsters our public health and primary care workforce, which will increase access to health and public health services; and it improves the overall quality of the nation's health system, reducing the number of preventable medical errors.

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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.