MHA Statement on Passage of American Health Care Act
By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO
“At Mental Health America, we are deeply disappointed in the result of today’s vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Today, the sunny, flamboyant promises of better health care at a lower cost during a political campaign gave way to the cold, dark realities of politics in America.
“Today was a tragic day for all those dealing with or caring for someone with serious mental health concerns – a day that a majority of the members of Congress stopped listening to them, and suspended the bipartisanship that has characterized so much of the gains that have been made during the past year.
“The passage of the AHCA, as it was amended today, is an astonishing assault on the health care of all Americans. While a CBO score wasn’t even done before this vote, previous estimates reported that 24 million people will lose their public or private insurance. Others will either experience steep increases in the cost of insurance, or significant reductions in the essential health services their insurance covers.
“No one will actually get better health care coverage at a lower cost.
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