Repealing the ACA Shows Extreme Disregard for Americans’ Health
Black Women’s Health Imperative urges Congress to put patients first
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2017) On Thursday, the 7th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would repeal and replace portions of it — the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This action comes after the bill’s swift movement through the House and a shocking estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation about what it could mean for the American people.
"By moving forward with this legislation, even after an incredibly negative report from the nonpartisan CBO, Congress is sending a message to the American people that their health is secondary to savings in the federal budget,” said Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. “Millions of Americans — young and old, Black, White, and Hispanic, rural, urban, and suburban — will have their health put at risk by the implementation of AHCA. Congress must understand that removing access to coverage means more people will get and stay sick, which eventually leads to increases in medical debt and economic instability. To be okay with 24 million people not having access to the care they need amounts to nothing more than a blatant disregard for the lives of Americans."
We urge Congress to engage in robust conversations with constituents, policy experts and other stakeholders by conducting congressional hearings and roundtables, and participating in district town halls and listening sessions before moving forward with AHCA. By doing so, Congress will be able to fully understand the impact of this legislation on the health of the American people, especially Black women and their families.
About the Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls — physically, emotionally and financially. We identify the most pressing health issues and invest in the best of the best strategies, partners and organizations that share our goal: ensuring Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives.