Black Women’s Health Imperative applauds decision to pull health care replacement bill
WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2017) Today, the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which sought to repeal and replace key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after Leadership postponed the vote on the 7th anniversary of the ACA for lack of support for its passage. This came after the unprecedented steps of marathon markups without an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), harmful amendments to the bill within a Manager’s Amendment, no Congressional hearings, and discussions amongst the Rules Committee about the amended bill without an updated CBO estimate in hand to determine its impact. The estimate that the CBO later released reaffirmed that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 if the AHCA becomes law.
“I am pleased to see that House Leadership made the commonsense decision to pull the AHCA from the House floor,” said Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. “We must now move forward and work together to improve the health of millions of Americans. This includes expanding Medicaid in states that have so far declined to adopt this provision of the ACA. Instead of fighting for repeal and replace, the Congress should work together to improve a law that has succeeded in bringing life-saving care to millions of Americans—especially Black women. Many of these Black women can now rest comfortably knowing that they can continue to have access to preventative screenings to ensure early detection of medical conditions such as breast and cervical cancer, as well as maternal care to ensure healthier pregnancies and babies. Every person deserves to have access to quality, affordable health care. I encourage the Congress to move forward with an open and transparent process, which includes initiating public hearings, town halls, and listening sessions with constituents and stakeholders to determine the best ways to improve health care coverage without disrupting Americans’ vital access to health care. Health insurance saves lives.”
About the Black Women’s Health ImperativeThe 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.