Washington, D.C. -- Today, the House of Representatives voted 217 – 213 to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pass Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). This harmful legislation was rushed to the House floor and voted on before the full implications of this bill have been revealed. The National Women’s Health Network strongly opposes the AHCA and believes it does not represent the will of the American people.
The NWHN helped win a huge victory when the ACA was passed because it represented what women needed and wanted in terms of their health care. "We are blown away that Congress passed this outrageous bill without fully understanding the implications it would have for Americans, especially women. But women are smart, they understand enough to know that they will be left out if this bill becomes law,” said Cynthia Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women's Health Network.
The ACA helped 17.7 million people including 9.5 million women gain coverage through marketplace plans. Since the implementation of the ACA, uninsured rates dropped from 19% to less than 10%. The legislation that was just approved by the House would put these gains at risk and have a devastating impact on millions of Americans. The AHCA would take away financial support for low- and moderate-income families, slash coverage for pre-existing conditions, defund Planned Parenthood and gut Medicaid, which currently provides coverage for roughly 43 million women.
We believe comprehensive health care is a human right and should be accessible and affordable to everyone. We will continue to advocate for women’s health and expose health care abuses perpetrated by the current administration.
The National Women’s Health Network is supported by our members and by choice we do not accept financial support from drug companies or medical device manufacturers. We bring the voices, concerns, and needs of women consumers to policy and regulatory tables.