January 18, 2011
Repealing health care will hurt progress with HIV/AIDS. Photo: pubrecord.org.
Today the House Leadership of the 112th Congress will consider repealing the Affordable Health Care Act that passed last year. President Obama, key democrats, and health care advocates worked hard to get that act passed. Local AIDS service organizations had their issues with selected parts of the bill in the past but it was a good place to begin. Now the Republican dominated House wants to repeal the act. According to the News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 60 million or 1 in 5 Americans have no health insurance. The Act, as it stands now, will provide coverage to an 32 million uninsured Americans and strengthen the Medicare program. For people with HIV/AIDS, it will mean much more.
Repealing the act would mean:
Ready to lend a hand? Local advocacy groups such as National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) urge people to call their Congressman and tell him or her to oppose this repeal. Visit www.whoismyrepresentative.com to find out and email your House representative. You can also call the main Congressional switchboard which can transfer you to their offices: 1-888-876-6242.
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