APHA thanks senators who stood up for public health, urges bipartisan cooperation

Date: Jul 28 2017

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

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2017—"I and the American Public Health Association would like to thank all senators who voted early this morning to protect public health and access to health care. The Senate’s "skinny repeal" plan would have stripped health insurance from millions of Americans and devastated critical programs that receive funding through the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides key resources for preventing infectious and chronic disease and basic public health efforts like immunization. Thank you to all APHA members, Affiliates and partners who have gone the distance and volunteered their time working to improve the Affordable Care Act and opposing the many efforts to repeal and weaken it.

"This morning's vote, and votes to reject similar Senate proposals to weaken and repeal the ACA, represent a victory for public health. However, threats to our nation’s health infrastructure remain. The current administration and key members of Congress have made clear their intent to defund critical public health programs and turn back policies that work to make our nation healthier. 

"We urge Congress, the administration and the public health community to advance bipartisan solutions to improve the ACA, prioritize prevention and to implement evidence-based policies to protect the public’s health."

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