APHA lauds Senate decision to abandon latest effort to repeal Affordable Care Act, urges bipartisan action to improve and strengthen law

Date: Sep 26 2017

Statement by Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Fouse, 202-777-2501

Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2017 — "The American Public Health Association lauds today’s decision in the Senate to abandon the Graham-Cassidy bill that would have overturned major portions of the Affordable Care Act and decimated the Medicaid program.

"We thank the senators who opposed this harmful legislation, which would have had disastrous consequences for public health. We also thank APHA members, public health advocates and partners for speaking out and taking action to protect access to care and the Affordable Care Act’s historic investments in prevention.

"While today’s decision is a major victory for public health, threats against the health care law and the millions of Americans who have gained health care coverage under the law remain. We must stay vigilant to protect access to care and the critical funding for important public health activities provided through the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

"We urge members of Congress and the administration to abandon partisan efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead to work in a bipartisan manner to improve and strengthen the law to ensure good health for all people in all communities."

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