In a report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 23 million people would lose insurance coverage by 2026 if the AHCA bill passed in the House of Representatives were to be enacted. In response, Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis issued the following statement:
“Today’s report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office shows that this new American Health Care Act (AHCA) still takes insurance for millions of families off of the table. Comprehensive reproductive health care would still move out of reach, especially for millions of low-income people, because of this bill’s attacks on Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, and abortion coverage. This report confirms that Congress isn’t interested in addressing the vocal, widespread opposition from patients, families, and doctors across the country. We are sounding the alarm: the AHCA will do harm, and it won’t keep Americans healthy.
The Affordable Care Act has been life-changing for our patients. Let’s go forward, and not cut off that lifeline. We implore Congress to reject the AHCA and do better for our patients.”
In response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut Medicaid spending nearly in half and $12.7 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services, Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:
“The President’s budget indicates the priorities and values of his administration, and this budget is a loud message that he wants to dismantle the services that keep millions of Americans healthy, fed, housed, and educated. Cuts of this magnitude will hurt everyone, but disproportionately harm low-income women and families, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and religious minorities. It will be catastrophic to health care in our country—reducing access to vital care and services, cutting public health research funding, and gutting the Medicaid program. My patients and their families will lose basic support services so that the wealthy can get tax breaks, and that is a shameful priority.”