Cities to Congress: Repeal of ACA Must Include Simultaneous Replacement
WASHINGTON — January 12, 2017 — Following action in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), National League of Cities (NLC) President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, released the following statement:
"The National League of Cities calls on Congress to ensure that any proposal to amend or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sustains and builds upon the nation's progress toward the goal of health insurance coverage for all Americans. Attempts to repeal without replacing ACA threaten to disrupt health insurance markets and increase the number of uninsured individuals in our communities. NLC is particularly concerned about the resulting shift in health care costs to already strained local budgets and the resulting economic impact on local economies, including the costs of uncompensated care provided through city-run hospitals, and the likely harm to national and local initiatives that are currently shifting the focus on the health care system from costly treatment to quality care and cost-effective prevention."
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