Tax Bill an Unnecessary Attack on Nation’s Health Care

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is disappointed by the final passage today of a tax bill that causes unnecessary damage to the nation’s health care system. In response, the APA is issuing this statement from its CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“This legislation, which calls for the removal of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, sacrifices the health care of 13 million Americans who will lose their insurance by 2027,” Levin said. “By significantly raising the federal deficit, this bill sets the stage for future cuts to Medicare and other critical safety net programs. What is being sold as a tax cut bill is also an attack on our health care system. There is no reason for these two issues to be decided by the same vote.

“We need Congress to pass legislation that will stabilize the ACA markets and shore up our health care system. We stand ready to work with Congress on a thoughtful, bipartisan approach to health care reform.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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