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National Patient-Advocacy Organizations Oppose ACA Repeal

July 18, 2017

Fifteen nonpartisan patient and provider groups representing millions of Americans issued the following statement today on the Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA): 

“Any attempt to repeal the ACA without replacing it with equal or better coverage will leave our health care system in shambles. If the existing law is abolished, 32 million Americans could lose their insurance coverage in the next decade. This approach is completely unacceptable for the patients we represent. 
Many of these Americans are low-income or struggle every day with pre-existing health conditions, and have come to rely on the coverage the law has provided. The ACA is not perfect, however, and we agree that long-term improvements need to be made, along with immediate action to stabilize the marketplaces. 

When both sides of the aisle work together, they have always found the most durable and long-lasting solutions to the problems facing our country. We implore lawmakers to sit down in a bipartisan fashion and draft a new bill that will strengthen and expand access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.”

The 15 national patient-advocacy organizations are: 

ALS Association 
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Lung Association 
Arthritis Foundation 
Cancer Action Network 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Family Voices 
March of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
National Health Council
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Organization for Rare Disorders
Volunteers of America

Learn more about access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage. 

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