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APHA released a statement in opposition of the continuing resolution voted on today by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would defund the Affordable Care Act.

APHA published a news release today opposing the continuing resolution voted by the U.S. House of Representatives, with vital health reform rules just days away from taking effect.

The proposed legislation would harm Americans in multiple ways. First, the resolution would continue to fund the federal government at fiscal year 2013 post-sequestration levels, and also fails to replace sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction plan that ends the senseless cuts to nondefense discretionary programs, including public health. In addition, the continuing resolution would completely defund the Affordable Care Act, the landmark law that will provide 25 million uninsured Americans with affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage.

Forty-four thousand people die prematurely because they lack health insurance.

“Already only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention, while 75 percent go toward treating preventable diseases,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “We simply can’t afford to maintain the devastating cuts to public health and other critical nondefense discretionary programs under sequestration.”

The House included the ACA in its budget proposal, which temporarily maintains sequestration — the automatic spending cuts over the next decade that have already cut more than $80 billion from government funding in 2013 alone, including critical public health programs.

View the release in its entirety at APHA online.