(Washington, D.C.) Today, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the budget reconciliation proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was withdrawn.
The ACA repeal bill contained provisions that would have deeply harmed women’s health and economic security, including: taking maternity coverage away; blocking people from getting preventive health care, such as birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment at Planned Parenthood health centers; radically changing the Medicaid program, in ways that would have taken essential health coverage away from women; penalizing women seeking insurance coverage that includes abortion, forcing new moms to work in order to receive health insurance; and forcing married women to file joint tax returns if they wanted a tax credit to pay for health insurance, even in cases of domestic violence or other dangerous circumstances.
The following is a statement by Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center (NLWC):
“The American Health Care Act would have been devastating to women and families. Today was a triumph over those who would have put women’s lives, health, and economic security at risk in the name of “reform,” including blocking access to abortion, and stripping women of maternity coverage. President Trump should keep his word that Congress should ‘move on’ if this attempt at repeal failed. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and millions of women depend on it. It’s long past time for the Republican majority to recognize the enormous value of the ACA and stop these grave threats to the health and lives of women and families.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.