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Health & Medicine Issues Statement on Passage of ACA Repeal

Health & Medicine’s Executive Director Margie Schaps today released a statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act.

We at Health & Medicine stand in solidarity with the over 60% of Americans who believe that the government should be responsible for ensuring health coverage for all Americans.  We are horrified by the vote just taken in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, thereby removing health coverage for 24 million people.  Removing essential benefits, limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions, further burdening the poor and middle class, this health plan will cost our society greatly.  The fundamental right to health care should be a bedrock of our society and efforts to erode it will not only be more costly in the long-term but are morally bankrupt.

Seeing the legislature unravel the ACA and these essential health services only makes us more resolute in our work for health equity.