Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Preserve federal funding for public health programs in the Affordable Care Act’s replacement bill.
Millions of Americans could be exposed to deadly, yet easily preventable diseases if Congress’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act becomes law. The replacement would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which currently provides almost $1 billion annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Affordable Care Act. A large portion of these funds are used for the CDC’s immunization program, which plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
The threat of a deadly outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases is not a partisan issue — it’s a public health issue that concerns every American. Tell Congress to protect public health by preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Dear Mr. Speaker,
Congress’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act is frighteningly inadequate — and not just because of what it does to America’s healthcare system. Just as worrying is the bill’s plan to gut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides nearly $1 billion annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am outraged by Congress’s willingness to take away such a significant portion of the CDC’s funding, leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to infectious, vaccine-preventable diseases.
It is the responsibility of any democratic government to preserve the safety and well-being of its citizens, and Congress has thus far failed to do that under the current administration. I demand that the Prevention and Public Health Fund be preserved for the sake of public health and safety.
[Your Name Here]
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