Early Thursday morning, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, paving the way for Congress to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by a simple majority vote. The House of Representatives will hold its procedural vote today. Meanwhile, lawmakers are still debating how to combine this repeal with a replacement for the ACA, what that replacement might be, and when it might be implemented.
Prevention Institute remains strongly opposed to repealing the ACA, which established the Prevention and Public Health Fund – the only dedicated source of federal prevention funding – and decreased the uninsured rate to a record low. However, in light of Congress and the President-elect’s commitment to repealing the ACA and its likelihood of passing, we are further insisting that:
- Congress should not repeal the ACA without a viable replacement plan that maintains the gains that have been made in healthcare coverage, access, and quality under the ACA.
- Congress should not repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund without a plan for maintaining funding for the important programs and initiatives the Fund supports, including the portion that currently makes up 12% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget.
We need your help to get these two key messages to Congress, before it’s too late! Please speak to your Senators and Representative right now by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and follow the prompts. Be sure to introduce yourself as a constituent and tell them how the ACA and the Prevention Fund have benefited you, your family, and your community.