Women's Partnership President Condemns Senate In Statement
Washington, DC — Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women and Families recently issued a statement in response to the introduction of a budget resolution in the U.S. Senate on January 3, 2017. Her full statement can be read below:
The introduction of the budget resolution in the U.S. Senate today has started the countdown to the demise of critical health care protections we worked so hard to achieve for women and families through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is shameful that on day one of the 115th Congress, Republicans wasted no time in implementing their plan to take away health insurance from tens of millions of people.
This budget resolution is designed to fast-track repeal of the ACA without offering a replacement plan of any kind. Repealing the ACA without a replacement will increase health care premiums and eliminate insurance coverage for millions of women and families. To be clear, a vote for the budget resolution as introduced today is a vote to take health coverage away from 30 million people, 82 percent of whom are working families.
The ACA is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation; among other provisions, it provides access to affordable birth control and coverage for maternity services, and it ends the practice of charging women higher premiums simply because of their gender. Repealing the law without a replacement proposal not only puts women’s access to health care in dire jeopardy, but also threatens their overall economic security. Continue>
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