Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to the latest Senate Healthcare bill:
"The American Lung Association strongly opposes the Senate's latest healthcare bill. Analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), show 32 million Americans will lose health coverage under this bill, including those living with a lung disease. Additionally, CBO found the bill will increase premiums by as much as 50 percent. The American Lung Association calls on the Senate to reject this bill.
"The Lung Association has stated that any legislation must ensure that healthcare is adequate, affordable and accessible. Democrats and Republicans in Congress need to work together in a bipartisan effort to improve healthcare, as quality and affordable healthcare is vital for the health of all Americans, including the more than 32 million Americans living with lung disease. We stand ready to work with Congress on a bill that would both improve health outcomes and lower costs."
For media interested in speaking with an expert about healthcare and supporting those living with a lung disease, contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.