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Washington, D.C., April 28, 2017 —The American Public Health Association today announced its strong opposition to the American Health Care Act and proposed changes to the bill that will do even greater harm to public health than the previous version.
"The American Health Care Act is bad policy,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “The measure would force millions to lose insurance, cut key public health investments and gut health protections for Americans. Now, in a bid to win votes, they’ve taken a bad bill and made it worse."
The AHCA would result in 24 million people losing their health insurance coverage by 2026; cut critical premium subsidies for low- and middle-income families and phase out the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, resulting in higher costs to consumers and plans that would provide less coverage; cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid over the next decade; and eliminate critical public health funding by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Additionally, the new proposed changes to the bill would allow states to opt out of requiring that health plans cover the Essential Health Benefits, allow insurers to charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions and increase out-of-pocket costs for older adults.
"This is an even worse deal for the American people,” said Benjamin. “We urge the House to reject this harmful proposal and instead work in a bipartisan manner to build upon the ACA in a responsible way to make it even more affordable."
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 145-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.