American Academy of Pediatrics is grateful for the Senate’s decision not to
advance the Health Care Freedom Act. The bill included dangerous policies that would
have left children and families worse off and set the stage for drastic cuts to
Medicaid and private insurance.
child with congenital heart disease, a previously uninsured parent now covered through
Medicaid expansion, and a toddler needing routine immunizations were all at
risk under this bill, and today, their families do not have to face an
uncertain future. Because of the persistent, unprecedented advocacy of
pediatricians, pediatric medical
subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists weighing in with what children need in the health care
debate, children were heard.
work is not over. We turn now toward new opportunities for bipartisan solutions
that keep children and families covered. We turn now to the looming reauthorization
of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a bipartisan success story providing
coverage for nearly 9 million children. We turn now toward other pressing
issues that matter for children, like child welfare reform, with renewed
who have the most at stake in the health care debate are those without access
to a ballot box or a microphone: children themselves. They are who we fought to
protect and who we will continue to advocate for as this process unfolds.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of
66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and
pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being
of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit
www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.