AIDS Alabama Condemns U.S. House Passage of Dangerous American Health Care Act

AIDS Alabama condemns the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that threatens the health of nearly 14,000 Alabamians living with HIV. If the deadly bill is signed into law in its current form, hundreds of thousands of Alabamians – and millions of Americans – will face discrimination for their age, gender, and/or pre-existing conditions when they shop for health insurance.

While proponents of the bill claim coverage for pre-existing conditions are protected, this couldn’t be further from the truth. AHCA leaves the choice on whether pre-existing conditions should be covered to the states, and Alabama – one of 19 states yet to expand Medicaid – is historically resistant to funding optional coverage. AIDS Alabama firmly believes coverage for pre-existing conditions shouldn’t depend on a person’s ZIP code.

Alex Smith, Director of Policy and Advocacy for AIDS Alabama said, “Without building consensus across the aisle and without regard to the voices of millions of their constituents across the country, 217 Republicans in the US House of Representatives have given their stamp of approval to a disastrous bill that jeopardizes the entire American healthcare system. As a person living with HIV, this bill poses a direct threat to my health and my ability to remain virally suppressed, which helps ensure a long, healthy life and eliminate the risk of transmission.” Kathie Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama said, “At AIDS Alabama, we are disheartened that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Health Care Act, a piece of legislation that takes health coverage away from the country’s most vulnerable citizens. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, ‘The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.’ Clearly, the politicians who voted for this bill are not concerned about the millions of people who will lose the chance to live healthy, independent lives.”

AIDS Alabama denounces this bill passing the US House of Representatives and calls on the Senate to reject this deplorable bill and protect quality, affordable healthcare for people living with HIV and the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.