12 National Patient Advocacy Organizations Urge Senate to Vote “No” on Advancing ACA Repeal and to Safeguard the Health and Lives of Millions of Americans with a Bipartisan Approach to Reform

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Michelle Kirkwood
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Washington, District of Columbia
July 24, 2017

12 nonpartisan, patient and provider groups representing millions of Americans issued the following statement today ahead of the Senate procedural vote to advance repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): 

“A vote to proceed with this legislation is a vote to end health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the ACA without a replacement would result in 32 million Americans losing health coverage. Additionally, repealing the ACA and replacing it with one of the alternatives proposed by the House or Senate would result in between 22 and 23 million Americans losing vital health coverage.

This current path is unacceptable for the millions of Americans we represent. We urge the Senate to vote ‘no’ on this motion, and instead work towards a bipartisan approach that strengthens our health care system and ensures access to affordable and adequate health coverage for all Americans.” 

The 12 organizations include:

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

ALS Association

Arthritis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

March of Dimes

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Health Council

National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)