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Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association, on pulling American Health Care Act from consideration by the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C., March 24, 2017 — "Facing massive opposition, the House of Representatives today pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration. This disastrous proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would have singlehandedly created an epidemic of the uninsured — sicker Americans who die younger, pay more for health care and live less productive lives.
"With this measure off the table, at least for now, American lives have been spared. Millions can keep their health insurance. Medicaid — the nation’s health insurance safety net — remains intact, as does critical public health funding and women’s access to reproductive health services.
"While we are encouraged by this decision, there is too much at stake. We urge Congress to work toward bipartisan solutions that build upon the successes of the Affordable Care Act and continue to address the important components of meaningful health reform: affordable costs to consumers, improved quality of care, support for a culture of prevention and health coverage for all."
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