APA STATEMENT ON SENATE’S FAILURE TO REPEAL & REPLACE ACA

The American Psychological Association and its affiliated APA Practice Organization praised the Senate today for rejecting efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and called on Congress to revise and improve the current health care law.

“We are pleased and relieved that the Senate was unable to pass any of the misguided measures to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health insurance to so many previously uninsured Americans,” said APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D. “The partial dismantling of the law the Senate finally voted on would have caused havoc in the insurance market and jeopardized coverage for millions of people. It’s time for Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and the individual insurance market, and the entire country owes a debt of gratitude to Senators Collins, Murkowski, and McCain — and all the other senators who voted “no” — for opening a window of opportunity for this to happen. We call on the Senate and House to focus on crafting legislation to extend comprehensive, reliable health insurance coverage — including coverage for mental health and substance use treatment — to the 28 million currently uninsured Americans.”

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