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ARHP Strongly Opposes Senate's Health Care Legislation

For Immediate Release, Thursday, June 22, 2017

Contact: Rebecca Theim, rtheim@arhp.org, 202-466-3825

 

WASHINGTON –The following statement is from Justine Wu, MD, MPH, board chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, in response to the US Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act:

ARHP strongly opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the US Senate’s flawed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Senate bill was drafted by an all-male, 13-member committee behind closed doors and will result in the loss of essential health benefits for tens of millions of people who need them most.

We are especially concerned about the loss of health insurance coverage for maternity, contraception, and mental health care, all of which are currently guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. Worse, this legislation will siphon investments now being made in life-saving coverage into tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

ARHP is deeply concerned about the loss of health care for people who can least afford it, and whose lives and livelihoods depend on access to effective health care services.

President Trump promised improved health care coverage and access to more people, at a lower cost. The Better Care Reconciliation Act does exactly the opposite and should be rejected.

The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals believes that health care is a right and not a privilege, and that diversity and inclusion strengthen us all. On behalf of ARHP’s 14,000 members, we strongly oppose this legislation and urge the Senate to decisively defeat it.

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ARHP trains, supports, and advocates for the sexual and reproductive health professionals who impact patients’ lives. Our mission is to transform and improve SRH care and access through professional training and advocacy. We translate high-quality science into practice and policy through accredited, peer-reviewed programs and policy efforts, and we bring together professionals across disciplines and specialties for evidence-based training and network building.