Washington, D.C., May 15, 2012 –
The American Public Health Association expressed its strong opposition to H.R. 45, legislation to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, including the Prevention and Public Health Fund in a letter sent today to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Implementation of the ACA is critical to addressing a number of the biggest challenges facing our health system, including the escalating costs associated with our health care system; uneven quality and deaths due to medical errors; discriminatory practices by health insurance providers; and the shrinking ranks of the nation's primary care providers,” wrote Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “The ACA is helping to shift our health system from one that focuses on treating the sick to one that focuses on keeping people healthy.”
The letter states: “The ACA provides critical mandatory funding through the Prevention and Public Health Fund for community-based prevention and wellness activities including efforts to control the obesity epidemic, reduce tobacco use and modernize vaccination systems. Since its enactment, the law has provided 71 million Americans with access to preventive health care services such as vaccines, disease screenings, well-child visits and tobacco cessation counseling without co-pays or deductibles. More than 34 million seniors have also accessed preventive services without cost through the Medicare program. In addition, more than 3 million young adults up to age 26 are able to stay on their parents' health insurance plans and nearly 18 million children with pre-existing conditions are protected from insurance coverage denials. The ACA will also vastly reduce the number of the uninsured by providing an additional 30 million uninsured individuals with affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage.
“Protecting the ACA and working to effectively implement this critical law will remain a top priority for APHA and we will likely include this vote to repeal the ACA in our 2013 annual congressional vote record.
“We ask you to oppose this and any future efforts to repeal the ACA and we look forward to working with you on constructive efforts to protect and improve the health of the American people.”
A link to the full letter is available here:
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