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GMHC Statements on American Health Care Act & 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order

5.11.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2017

Statements on behalf of Kelsey Louie, Chief Executive Officer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis:

“The U.S. House of Representatives has made a terrible mistake in passing the American Health Care Act, a disastrous bill that puts millions of lives at risk. This empty legislation is no replacement for the Affordable Care Act, a true lifeline that increased access to quality, affordable health care, guaranteed coverage for people with preexisting conditions, such as HIV, and covered recommended preventative services, including HIV testing. We see this vote as a direct attack on our clients, many of whom may lose their health insurance and their ability to access PrEP. The potential outcomes are devastating, not just for the LGBT community, but for all Americans. At GMHC we believe that the Public Health of our Nation is driven by the health of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens, we must therefore leave no-one behind without adequate health care.  We call on leaders in the U.S. Senate to stop this dangerous bill from moving forward.”
 
“Our nation’s founding fathers designed the Constitution to protect religious freedom, not to legalize overt discrimination and impinge on the basic human dignity of others. The President’s ‘religious liberty’ executive order will harm vulnerable people, including members of the LGBT community, under this guise. GMHC condemns this order in the strongest possible terms, and will continue to resist this administration’s sustained attack on LGBT rights.”

 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, workforce development, housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.