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Advocating for Public Health - APHA Action Alert

Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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A bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act could hit the Senate floor for a vote as early as this month. 

We need every public health advocate to make calls or email their senators today. The ultimate outcome of an ACA repeal bill in the Senate is likely hanging in the balance of only one or two votes. We have the power to keep the bill from coming to the Senate floor by ensuring every senator hears from their constituents that repealing or weakening the ACA would be devastating to the nation’s health. 

Call your senators and urge them to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA by dialing the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, introduce yourself as a constituent and public health professional, and use these talking points:

  • I am deeply concerned about the ongoing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I am also concerned that the bill is being drafted in a secretive manner behind closed doors.
  • I urge Sen. XX to oppose any legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would:
  • Result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage;
  • Cut critical premium subsidies for low- and moderate-income families and phase out the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, resulting in higher costs to consumers and plans that would provide less coverage;
  • Eliminate critical public health funding by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which makes up 12 percent of the budget at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funds important programs like tobacco cessation, immunizations and lead poisoning prevention;
  • Cut and cap federal contributions to the Medicaid program;
  • Allow states to opt out of requiring that health plans cover essential health benefits, allow insurers to charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions and increase out-of-pocket costs for older adults; and
  • Block Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, resulting in less access to care, more unintended births and increased spending for the Medicaid program.
  • Instead, senators should work together in a bipartisan manner to build upon the ACA to make it stronger.

You can also send an email using APHA’s action alert or tweet a message to your members of Congress. 

Thanks for joining us in this effort, and please encourage your colleagues to join us, too! 

Sincerely,
Donald P. Hoppert
Don Hoppert
APHA Government Relations Director

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