American Lung Association Opposes Vote to Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2011)

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The American Lung Association strongly opposes the repeal of this important law and urges Congress members to vote against the bill. 

The American Lung Association is particularly concerned about the impact the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on people with lung diseases.  Changes required by the law are already making a difference to millions of people with lung diseases, such as lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 
In lung health terms, the institution of the Affordable Care Act has meant that:

  • Children with asthma can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of their disease.
  • Pregnant women and other smokers can now get the help they need to quit.
  • People with lung cancer and COPD can’t have their insurance taken away from them or have cost restrictions limit the amount of their care.

The Affordable Care Act also created a Prevention and Public Health Fund that allows states and communities to focus on preventing disease–instead of just treating them, allowing millions of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. 

These are outcomes that will reduce the terrible burden caused by lung disease and are supported by most Americans. 

The American Lung Association urges Congress to oppose the bill and stand strong in its support of these lifesaving provisions.

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.LungUSA.org.