Latest version of Senate health care bill "a public health catastrophe"

Date: Jul 14 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 14, 2017 — "The revised Senate plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is still irresponsible policy. Millions would lose insurance coverage, the sickest could still be denied access to critically needed care and far too many would pay even more for fewer benefits, creating an expanded class of underinsured. The bill, like previous versions, guts essential investments in public health by eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

"I urge our elected leaders to work together to find a bipartisan solution to fixing the Affordable Care Act. Let’s build on the successes we’ve seen when lawmakers keep the health of the population at the forefront.

"We all can agree that affordable, accessible health care is a right, not a privilege. Any legislation coming out of Congress should reflect that fact and avoid a public health catastrophe."

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