Press Statement

NCLR Expresses Deep Concern about Health Coverage Gains Under Rep. Tom Price, Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

November 29, 2016

CONTACTS:
Enrique Chaurand
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(816) 825-1072

Camila Gallardo
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(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today expressed concern about maintaining health coverage gains achieved under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in light of the nomination of U.S. Representative Tom Price by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“There is an old saying that personnel is policy. And with the nomination of Tom Price, President-elect Trump has chosen the number-one opponent of the ACA in Congress. The question for the president-elect now is whether he is prepared to live with the consequences if Price succeeds in getting his way,” noted NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“Is President-elect Trump willing to take away health care access from 20 million Americans, many of whom supported his candidacy? Is he willing to take away affordable care from those Americans who have pre-existing conditions or are under the age of 26? This is what will happen if there is repeal without a real and viable alternative, and frankly Rep. Price’s past replacement proposals are neither. Rep. Price’s statements in support of privatizing Medicare should be cause for alarm to many Americans,” Murguía stated.

“We are especially concerned about the potential to take away what our community has gained with the ACA. The ACA is not perfect and we support needed reforms, but more than 7 million Hispanics now have access not only to health care, but also to a host of preventive services and screenings. Price and the incoming administration should not further disenfranchise the most vulnerable among us, including low-income children, families and seniors,” Murguía concluded.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.