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Statement: NASW Opposes Legislation to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Thursday, May 4, 2017  
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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because it would have a devastating impact on the health our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and make it more difficult to provide affordable health care for poor and low-income Americans.

 

The House today narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The revisions included new amendments that were fashioned to appeal to both conservative and moderate members of the Republican majority.

 

A change which is being referred to as the Upton Amendment – named after the Congressman who introduced the new language — adds $8 billion to cover costs for the “risk pool” of persons with pre-existing medical conditions.

 

While the changes were successful in garnering sufficient votes to pass AHCA they did nothing to alleviate the devastating impact of AHCA on the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.  In fact, the bill passed today will likely exacerbate the challenge of providing affordable health care for poor and low-income Americans. Read more.

 

Following today's vote, Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW, Executive Director, released the following statement:

 

We urge the United States Senate to oppose this legislation that will leave 24 million American’s without care, increase premiums for those over fifty in rural areas and cut Medicaid funding for the most vulnerable of our Texas citizens; children, seniors, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities. 

This legislation is not a victory for the people of Texas, it is penalizing the most vulnerable amongst us.  Texas still leads the U.S. in the number of uninsured citizens.


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