Senate should abandon attempts to repeal ACA and instead seek bipartisan improvements, says APHA

Date: Jul 25 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2017— “We are deeply troubled by today’s Senate vote to proceed with debate on legislation that would weaken and roll back the achievements of the Affordable Care Act. We call on senators to oppose any bill that would increase the number of uninsured Americans, cut funding for the Medicaid program, raise health insurance costs and reduce covered benefits, weaken consumer protections or eliminate critical public health funding. Instead, members should work in a bipartisan manner to build upon and strengthen the ACA.

“As much of this process has taken place behind closed doors, we still don’t know exactly what legislation the Senate will move forward with after today’s vote. However, every proposal we have seen to date has been unacceptable and bad for the health of the nation. APHA maintains that any replacement for the Affordable Care Act should, at a minimum, reduce the current number of uninsured Americans, make sound investments in public health infrastructure and bolster Medicaid to protect the most vulnerable Americans. 

“Our health care system is not simply one sixth of the economy. It is life or death for those who are sick, and it is a chance to prevent disease and promote a healthy and prosperous life for the rest. Let’s heed calls from both sides of the aisle to take a measured, thoughtful approach to reforming the nation’s health system. 

"I urge our elected leaders to reject the current partisan proposals that would weaken the ACA and add millions to the rolls of the uninsured, and instead work together to find bipartisan solutions to improving the Affordable Care Act.”

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