Repealing the Affordable Care Act would bring certain death to those living with HIV/AIDS, warned a leading global prevention, care and advocacy organization.
On Wednesday the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) released a statement rebuking U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s call to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Let us not mince words,” GMHC Chief Executive Officer Kelsey Louie said. “The Trump Administration’s proposals would lead to the completely preventable deaths of thousands of Americans at risk for HIV/AIDS and other diseases. They must be stopped.”
Trump addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening, calling former President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation “unsustainable and collapsing.”
“Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and at the same time provide better healthcare,” Trump said.
Louie said across the board cuts to domestic programs would have devastating effects to people living with HIV/AIDS.
“These shocking cuts would gut federal programs that help house and treat those living with HIV/AIDS and that prevent thousands of new infections every year,” Louie said. “These irresponsible cuts would come just as we are finally poised to make real progress in containing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
In his Capitol Hill address, Trump said government mandated healthcare was “never the right solution.” He cited skyrocketing premiums, a lack of viable insurance companies on the exchanges and patients losing access to their doctors as proof of an imploding “disaster.”
The disaster, Louie believes, lies in a repeal of the ACA.
“The President’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act would endanger the lifesaving services GMHC provides our clients, and could result in the loss of affordable, accessible health care for at least 3.4 million New Yorkers,” Louie said.